A Newbie’s Guide to Setting Up Your Website

By , November 20, 2012 11:06 am

If you want to start your own website but aren’t sure how to go about it, this article will teach you the 5 necessary steps to get your website up and running.
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If you want to start your own website but aren’t sure how to go about it, this article will teach you the 5 necessary steps to get your website up and running. Having your own website is THE key element to your online success and the ability and knowledge to customize it will help you become successful in your online endeavors.

As a newbie on the web you probably don’t have a lot of money to get your first site up and running. The good news is that web services today are lower than ever and you can get a site set up and running for about $50. The monthly cost for web hosting is around $6; add in a yearly domain fee of about $10 and you’re ready to roll. Is that cheap enough for you??

Let’s get started…

Step #1: Brainstorm ideas and put them in writing.

Outline your websites structure. Don’t worry about what your site will look like yet, just get the basic structure down and the overall layout. What do you want in your website? At the minimum, you’ll need a main or home page, a product description page, an “About Me” page and most of all an order page.

Once your outline is complete, you’ll need to figure out a way to get that information into your computer. There are lots of resources to help with this step.

“HTML” (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the programming language used for your website. You can hire a web programmer to program your site, but that can be very expensive. You can go buy a book like “HTML for Dummies”, which will teach you how to code your website, but that is a difficult and time consuming task and we want to do things the EASY way. The EASY way is to use a program like MS Frontpage, which is included for FREE nowadays on many new computer systems. Frontpage is a text based system that allows you to type your webpage in plain English and then have it converted to HTML for viewing on the web. With a few hours of practice you can have your website coded and ready to upload.

Step #2: Use a professional website template.

If you utilize a pre-designed template you can have a professional looking website in a matter of minutes. Templates provide the online graphics and overall look and style of your website. A professional pre-designed template can be purchased for under $40 and can save you many hours or even days of design time. If that price is too high there are also many professionally designed FREE web templates available, although they are very basic in style and may not be suitable for your website. Even if you have a small budget, purchasing a professional template is an efficient way to begin.

Step #3: Purchase and register a domain name.

Your ideas are ready and you have adapted them to your professional template, so now it’s time to purchase a domain name for your website. Registering a domain name allows web surfers to view your website by entering (www.yournamehere.com)

You’ll want a catchy domain name that is easy to remember and tells a little bit about your business (ex. LowCostAutoInsurance.com). You’ll need to choose a name registrar such as GoDaddy.com to register your name and if you are having trouble finding a name they even have a domain name suggestion tool that will help. You can register your domain name for less than $10 a year and once it’s registered, that name is yours for as long as you pay the annual renewal fee.

Step #4. Choose a web host.

Your site is ready, your domain name is registered and you’re ready to go, Now What…

You need to hire a company to host your website. There are hundreds, if not thousands of web hosts available and your job is to sort through them and choose the right company. Since your web host is your 24 hour connection to the web, you’ll need to make sure they are very reliable. If your web host has technical difficulties, your website will be invisible to all your customers and you will not be successful. Monthly hosting fees can range from FREE to hundreds of dollars depending on the services you choose. Most beginner websites can be hosted for under $10/month by a quality web host. We recommend this best cheap web hosting provider

Step #5: Upload your website.

Now that you have chosen a web host you need to transfer your new webpage’s from your computer to the computer at your web host so they are visible on the internet. While this may seem like a confusing and technical process, it really is quite simple. One of the easiest transfer processes is to upload your site using “FTP” (File Transfer Protocols). One of the easiest “FTP” programs is CuteFTP, which allows you to drag and drop files from your computer and place them in your web directory at your web host. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your “FTP” program because as a webmaster you will be utilizing it quite frequently.

That’s it. Your site is now up and live on the web. While the process may seem technical and difficult you’ll find that with practice this will become an easy and rewarding experience. Practice with your new tools and you’ll be an expert webmaster in no time.

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Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide Second Edition

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Essential Skills--Made Easy! Create professional-quality web sites in no time with help from hands-on tutorials. Fully updated to cover the latest technologies and techniques, Web Design: A Beginner's Guide, Second Edition, explains how to analyze site requirements and create a web-development proposal to plan and document your project. You'll learn how to design an attractive, easy-to-use web site, focusing on key issues such as color, layout, navigation, typography, and images. Discover how to incorporate JavaScript, cascading style sheets (CSS), HTML/XHTML, Flash, and more to take your design from mockup to code. Boosting web site traffic through search engine optimization, e-mail design, and online advertising is also covered in this fast-paced guide. Designed for Easy Learning Key Skills & Concepts--Chapter-opening lists of specific skills covered in the chapter Ask the Expert--Q&A sections filled with bonus information and helpful tips Notes--Extra information related to the topic being covered Tips--Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things Annotated Syntax--Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated Ready-to-use code at www.mhprofessional.com/computingdownload Wendy Willard is a designer, consultant, writer, and educator who has been involved in web design for more than 13 years. She is the author of HTML: A Beginner's Guide, Fourth Edition, and other books.

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It’s easy to design, build, and post a Web page with Google Page Creator or CoffeeCup HTML Editor, but a friendly guide still comes in handy. Creating Web Pages For Dummies®, 9th Edition introduces you to Web design software and online page-building tools, and walks you through the process in record time.Like its previous editions, this book gives you the skinny on getting Web pages up and running with the least amount of hassle. But not just ho-hum Web pages! Yours will look fantastic and be easy to build, and you’ll even get a trial version of CoffeeCup HTML Editor and visual design tools on the bonus CD. You’ll learn to:Get a simple page designed and online by the end of Chapter 3Optimize photos, video, and audio for the Web and get them onto your pageRegister for a Google account and use the versatile Google Page CreatorBuild pages using basic HTML or CoffeeCup HTML EditorIdentify and apply elements of design, avoid common errors, and create pages that get noticedMaintain control by creating and editing pages in HTML with a text editorUnderstand how image file size affects your pages, how to upload photos to Flickr, and how to add sound and video files to your Web pagesDevelop your pages into a site with CoffeeCup HTML Editor and Visual EditorYou’ll even find out more about blogging and Blogger.com. The trial software on the CD is for Windows, but the instructions for building great Web pages work on any system!Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Liquid or fluid layouts change width based on the user's unique device viewing size. These types of layouts have always been possible with tables but offer new design challenges as well as opportunities when built with CSS. This book, for experienced Web designers with some CSS experience, outlines how to do this successfully. Designers will learn the benefits of flexible layouts and when to choose a liquid, elastic, or hybrid design. They will learn not only how to build a liquid layout from scratch using standards-compliant and cross-browser compatible (X)HTML and CSS, but will also learn how to design and slice their graphic comps in a way that makes flexible design achievable. This book will show designers that flexible layouts do not have to be visually boring or difficult to build when planned and built correctly. Even those who do not intend to build liquid layouts can use the concepts and techniques taught in this book to improve their fixed-width CSS designs, because they will learn how to design for the inherent flexibility of the web medium, instead of the rigid qualities of print media or table grid-based layouts.

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An inspired resource for creating meaningful design, Layout Workbook is one of five volumes in Rockport's series of practical and inspirational books that cover the fundamental areas of graphic design. In this edition, author Kristin Cullen tackles the often perplexing job of nailing down a layout that works. More than a collection of great examples, this book is a valuable resource for students, designers, and creative professionals who seek design understanding and inspiration. The book illuminates the broad category of layout, communicating specifically what it takes to design with excellence. It also addresses the how and why of the creative process. Cullen approaches layout with a series of step-by-step fundamental chapters addressing topics such as design function, inspiration, process, intuition, structure, organization, the interaction of visual elements, typography, and design analysis.

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Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition

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Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition teaches web development from scratch, without assuming any previous knowledge of HTML, CSS or web development techniques. This book introduces you to HTML and CSS as you follow along with the author, step-by-step, to build a fully functional web site from the ground up. However, unlike countless other "learn web design" books, this title concentrates on modern, best-practice techniques from the very beginning, which means you'll get it right the first time. The web sites you'll build will:Look good on a PC, Mac or Linux computer Render correctly whether your visitors are using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, or Safari Use web standards so your sites will be fast loading and easy to maintain Be accessible to disabled users who use screenreaders to browse the Web By the end of the book, you'll be equipped with enough knowledge to set out on your first projects as a professional web developer, or you can simply use the knowledge you've gained to create attractive, functional, usable and accessible sites for personal use.

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How to Design and Write Web Pages Today (Writing Today)

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Writing and designing for the Web are essential to anyone looking to advance his or her personal, academic, or professional Internet presence. How to Design and Write Web Pages Today offers an approach for building sites that reach your intended audience, using methods that enable a site to be updated and improved over time. An introduction to standards-based Web design, this book treats creating a website from the point of view of the writer, focusing on writing concerns and how they fit with the technological challenges of the Web. Readers will learn about the reasons for writing on the Web; the challenges of writing there; and the solid, but flexible construction of individual pages. The focus is on building websites that can grow, including sites built around the popular, open-source WordPress blogging system. Rich with examples, the book demonstrates that Web writing and design can be fast and fun—and accomplished without expensive software or sophisticated programming skills.

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A lot has happened in the world of digital design since the first edition of this title was published, but one thing remains true: There is an ever-growing number of people attempting to design pages with no formal training. This book is the one place they can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help from trusted design instructor Robin Williams. This revised classic--now in full color--includes a new section on the hot topic of Color itself. In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 3rd Editio n, Robin turns her attention to the basic principles that govern good design. Readers who follow her clearly explained concepts will produce more sophisticated and professional pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, and illustrations make learning a snap--which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author.

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Web Style Guide, 3rd edition: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites (Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites)

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Consistently praised in earlier editions as the best volume on classic elements of web site design, Web Style Guide, now in its Third Edition, continues its tradition of emphasis on fundamentals. Focusing on the needs of web site designers in corporations, government, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, the book explains established design principles and how they apply in web design projects in which information design, interface design, and efficient search and navigation are of primary concern. New in this edition: —a full chapter devoted to Universal Usability—guidelines and techniques for creating universally usable designs—a full chapter on Information Architecture and how best to promote its robust development—information on Search Engine Optimization and the designs that improve it—techniques for using Cascading Style Sheets for layouts and typographic design—185 illustrations, all in full color

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The Designer’s Web Handbook: What You Need to Know to Create for the Web

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Make the Web Work for You You know how to design. But you can increase your value as a designer in the marketplace by learning how to make that design function on the web. From informational sites to e-commerce portals to blogs to mobile apps, The Designer's Web Handbook helps any designer understand the full life cycle of a digital product: idea, design, production and maintenance. The best web designers create not only beautiful sites but also sites that function well--for both client and end user. Patrick McNeil, creator of the popular web design blog designmeltdown.com and author of the bestselling Web Designer's Idea Book, volumes 1 and 2, teaches you how to work with developers to build sites that balance aesthetics and usability, and to do it on time and on budget.

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