Designing your own website can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not familiar with CSS or HTML. In this article, we’ll discuss easy ways to create a website that functions properly on every device and that looks incredible.
Create A Product Landing Page
The first step to creating a beautiful, functioning website is to identify the purpose of the site. You should consider your target audience, the products you’ll be promoting, and the types of content you’ll include. The most effective way to do this is with a sitemap.
A sitemap is an outline of the structure of your website. This will guide you in creating the page templates that make up the actual site. A great way to think about a sitemap is to imagine you’re a web surfer who’s landed on a page that doesn’t appear to make sense. You’re hoping to find some sort of guide or explanation for what this page is and why you’re on it. With a sitemap, you can create an explanatory page for any part of your website that doesn’t make sense to a visitor.
Your sitemap doesn’t have to be complex. It just needs to have all the important page structures in place. Here’s an example of a basic sitemap:
Step one: Choose your web hosting company.
When choosing a web hosting company, it’s important to consider several factors such as price, features, speed, and customer support. Since we’re focusing on creating an informative website, we’ll focus on the price and features.
Prices for web hosting range from free to thousands of dollars per month. You can get started for free with a basic hosting plan from most web hosting companies. The advantage to this is that you don’t have to worry about payment or setup procedures. You just need to upload your website’s content and you’re good to go.
The disadvantage to this is that you don’t have full control over the design and feel of your site. You can also run into trouble when you have a large audience, because it’s often difficult to manage several sites when you’re starting out.
If you feel that you’re the type of person who needs control over the design and feel of their site, then pricier hosting plans are available that offer a higher degree of control. You should research the different features that each hosting provider offers before making a decision. Here’s a short list of some of the most essential features to look for in a web host:
- Free domain registration
- Free backups
- Free e-mail accounts
- SSH access
- Linux hosting
- Full-featured web manager
- 1-click installers for WordPress, Joomla, and more
Step two: Choose your CMS (content management system)
A content management system (CMS) is a tool that allows you to easily add and edit content such as website posts, images, and videos to your site. There are several great CMS’s out there such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. You should consider which one you’ll use for your website and then choose a plan based on that decision.
Once you’ve picked your CMS, you can begin creating an informational website without worrying about the technical aspects of creating a functional website. You can simply use the provided 1-click installers to import your content into your new site or use the web manager to manually enter the content.
Step three: Choose your database backend (also known as the “persistence layer”)
A database is a collection of information stored in a digital format. The most common type of database is a relational database, which can be structured or unstructured. Structured databases allow for more complex searches as well as updates to the information recorded within the database.
The advantage of a relational database is that it’s very easy to design and update the information within. The disadvantage is that you need to have adequate computing power to handle the large amounts of data that can be stored in a relational database. If your site has a lot of content and you decide that you need to increase the capacity of your database, then you might need to upgrade your computer hardware or your database’s license.
Step four: Choose your website’s domain name and register it
The last step in creating your website is to choose a domain name for your site. To do this, you can use any of the available free domain name registrars. You don’t necessarily need to register a.com domain name, but it is the most common and the most widely accepted extension. If you’re looking for a pop culture reference, then you can choose a.com domain name that has the same name as your product (e.g., mattjonesjewelry.com).
The advantage of having a.com domain name is that it is virtually impossible to forget because it’s so common. The disadvantage is that you have to pay for each domain name that you register. Once you’ve paid the yearly registration fee, you have unlimited access to.com domain names.
Once you’ve followed these steps, you can begin submitting your website’s content to various search engines (e.g., Google, Bing, and Yahoo). As you might imagine, creating a functional website isn’t as easy as it seems. It takes a little bit of knowledge and a lot of patience to create a site that looks and functions superbly.
However, once you’ve created a functional site, the next step is to begin expanding it. The most effective way to do this is to get traffic from organic search results on Google (i.e., through “natural” search).