Website Building Basics No Technical Experience Required
There is really no one way to build a website. Building a website can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. I think that's why most people shy away at the fact of actually attempting to build, host and register a domain name for a website idea because the technical aspects of how all the pieces fit together can be really confusing. This article is NOT going to delve into all the technology and coding that happens in the background of webpage design you can find that easily if you do a Google search for "building a website". Instead I want to talk about all the things that you will need to build a basic website and a few tools that I've found along the way to help get that done. No CSS or HTML classes required.
All webpage's start out as a idea or a concept. The first step to building your website is to actually draw it out on a piece of paper, think of it as scaffolding or wire framing around something you plan to build. Start with where you want to put the title banner and play around with things like how many columns you want. Once you have a rough draft you can then start working on building your website.
Gone are the days where you had to know HTML,XHTML or CSS to build a simple website. Today the market is flooded with WYSIWYG's (What You See Is What You Get) that can get your idea from paper to computer in a matter of hours. Now not all WISYWIGS are the same so I encourage you to look around until you find one that works well for you. Right Now I use one on my iMac called Artisteer you can get a free trial version by searching keyword "Artisteer". This by far is one of the best WYSIWIGS I've found out there and with a Microsoft Word like interface anyone that can type a word document can use this application with ease.
So you've got your website idea on paper and designed and saved onto your computer, now what? Once you get your website created it needs to live on some type of web host server. That's where a web host comes into play. The web host has a server farm that houses your website files and allows the public to access it for a nominal fee, and when I mean nominal I mean like 5 to 10 bucks a month. There are plenty of web host out there Godaddy, Bluehost and Hostgator are some great examples of great web host. The
PURCHASING A DOMAIN NAME
The purpose of a domain name is to make it easy for people to search for your website. Imagine if someone had to type 'http://yourwebhostprovider.com/members/username it would literally be a nightmare.
To resolve that issue you need to buy a domain from one of the web host that you've chosen to host your site. The price of the domain name is all determined on what the name is. Each webhost should have an option for you to search domain names that are available for purchase. Sometimes popular domain names are purchased purely for the intent of reselling them at a higher price. If you can think up of one that is not registered than you have a better chance of a really cheap domain name purchase.
NUTS AND BOLTS
At a high level view that is pretty much all you need to do to get a website created and hosted and live on the internet. People write volumes on web site creation however it basically comes down to these things to get the website live. Other components can be added on an as need basis and should only be dealt with when the need arises.