Build your first Successful Website
Any business worth its salt today must have its own website and this holds true for both established businesses and startups. And these days you no longer need to run after website designers to build your website, with some training you can learn to create your own website in PHP as well as create the HTML CSS for your website. For those looking for even easier and quicker ways for building your first website, you too can build a successful website by just following the steps listed below.
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Get a Domain
If you already have an idea about your website and what would it be titled, then you should rush to get dibs on that domain before someone else gets it. Buying a domain name does not cost you much, you can either buy one that is related to the industry you are in or one that directly calls out your brand.
Select a prefered CMS
CMS is the abbreviation for Content Management System which would serve as the foundation of your website. When you have your domain name ready, you need to proceed towards deciding a CMS platform for building your website. There are several CMSs to choose from, we can help you by giving the top 5 options.
Do not judge these by their ranking here, we have written in alphabetical order you can decide your own rankings. A word of caution here would be to let you know that Drupal is the most technical and challenging to understand option out of all these while WordPress and Blogger are extremely easy to start with.
Building a website cannot be done for free, you will be required to shell some money at multiple stages. Instead of giving it to the developer who is working on it behind your back, you might as well pay it yourself and see what all can be done. So after buying the domain and deciding the CMS, you need to purchase web hosting through hosting providers. This will allow you to ensure that your website is available most of the times. Hosting is nothing but a storage space for your website on a server, so select one after doing all the necessary research. For those of you who wish to start with a basic website or blog, choosing blogger, a free platform from Google, can help you save on hosting costs.
Design it Well
Select a theme that goes well with what you are providing and looks appealing as well. You can either download free themes from the internet for your CMS or select from the built-in ones as well.
Edit it, don’t Mess it
This is where the tough part begins, so if you thought that the initial steps were challenging, you need to brace yourself for this one. Editing the website will take up a lot of time and understanding of the CMS, so be patient, watch video tutorials and take more help if you need. End of the day you should have a website that not only looks good but also conveys the right set of information to whoever is visiting it. When you have all the necessary pages in place, you can start with building your marketing strategy.