Just because you do not have a degree in computer science or web design does not mean that you cannot create a website all on your own. Website design is actually quite easy with a little bit of the right knowledge and the right tools. The right tool, in this case, is WordPress and in-depth knowledge is not needed as building a website with this content management system is just so easy. Let’s discuss website building for beginners in detail specially how you can create a great website with little experience:
The Basic Structure
The first thing you want to learn about is what others do to make their webpage user-friendly. Investigate the types of links that can be found on every page of a website. For instance, most web pages have links along the bottom of the page that can get the user directly to important parts of the webpage, like the “Contact Us” page or the “FAQ” page. Another aspect of web pages that you should look into is the webpage’s sitemap. These pages are the real basis for any real website and must be produced when you start building your website.
You want to have a sitemap that enables the user to understand where they can find any type of information that they might need. Having a great sitemap will increase the likelihood that your users will be happy with the experience they have had looking around on your site. Use the most popular websites that you can think of as your examples and repeat what they have done to succeed. It is important that you do not try to re-invent the wheel, especially since you are new to web page design.
Plan Your Website
Before you begin your web page you should map it out on paper first. This way you will know exactly how you will need to proceed when you do get started.
This will also help you to figure out how to organize the page in a user-friendly and efficient manner. This is the time when you will also decide exactly what kind of information you want to have included on your web page.
If you plan your pages and posts out ahead of time you will find that you will be able to flow through the process of actually completing the website better.
The first decision and the hardest is to decide on the topic of your website. It is always best to build a website about something you know and like to talk about so that you can build authority in your niche quickly and easily.
There are more decisions to take like choosing a name for your website (called “domain name” or simply “domain” technically), choosing your host (there are various types of web hostings with each one having its own advantages and disadvantages). It takes time till you become pro and make the right decisions but there is pretty much no loss for starters as well as in the start you hardly have anything to lose.
Another decision you need to make includes whether or not links will open new tabs or continue on the existing page. Depending on the function of the link, you may want the user to be able to leave open the current page so that they can cross-reference both pages.
Design and Layout
Finally, you will need to decide on what colors, images, and formats you want to use. Colors can mean a lot to the user and can help your page to stand out from the others. Images can do the same thing for your page, and a visually appealing format is just as important. This is not a hard decision when using WordPress to build your website. You can not only have a website up and running within minutes, but you can also have a professional theme installed too. All of this is done with the press of a button and needs no technical skills.
Now that you have read this article you know that you do not have to be a website design professional to create your own website. The most important thing is that you need to do some research to learn what you need to focus on when creating your site. Now all you need to do is put the information above to use and get started.
Practice Makes Perfect
It is also a good practice to get some hands-on on some free online tools before launching your actual site. Various sites such as WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Webs.com etc allow you to create your own site/blog completely free of cost and easily with the help of some very powerful tools. Although your site will have ‘.wordpress.com’ or ‘blogspot.com’ attached with its URL but making such a site will give you valuable experience and you will feel much confident when you will work on your real site.
There are hundreds of video tutorials available on YouTube which you can easily follow to build your own website from scratch. Remember it just sounds ‘tough’. Casual website development in the current age is a piece of cake!