Creating a Website

Building your own website can be a roller coaster ride of an experience, especially when you’re doing all the work yourself. You can go from feelings of joy, to anger, in just a few minutes. Yes, it can be a little frustrating, but as long as you have a few of the basics down, creating your own website can be just as rewarding as it is challenging.

Where to Start – If you’ve never done it before, building a website from scratch can be difficult. There’s a lot of stuff involved, from deciding on a theme, to deciding if you want to build it using HTML and CSS, or going with a pre-designed template. For those that don’t have any experience, I’ll assume that you’re going to go with a pre-designed template with some blogging software like WordPress. Once you’ve decided on what kind of theme you’d like, whether it be dark and brooding, or light and fluffy, you can begin the hunt for a template to use.

Finding a Template – This is the fun part. Using WordPress means you have a whole host of free, or premium templates to choose from. Visiting a website like Solostream for premium templates is the perfect idea if you want to pay a little more and make your website as professional as it can be. For those of you that are just into building something fun, like a personal blog or fan site, WordPress Themes Base is an excellent resource for free templates to use on your website.
The Building Process – Once you’ve decided on a template to use, you can go ahead and upload it to your WordPress themes folder to get started. This is pretty easy if you use your C Panel, of even an FTP server like Filezilla. It’s as simple as extracting the files to the themes folder, and you’re ready to go. From there log into your WordPress account, choose the template you just uploaded under the Manage Themes section, and select Activate. You’ll be able to see the empty template on your URL, so now it’s time to get started adding some content.

Content – Writing a blog post is easy with your WordPress website. Simply click on Posts, and Add New, and begin the writing process. You can blog as little, or as often as you want, but if you’re running a business, you’ll probably want to update your website at least three times a week, if not every day so people can come back for fresh, new content on a regular basis. For those of you sending your personal thoughts out into the world via a blog, it will take some time before you begin building an audience, so don’t fret if there’s not a lot of traffic early on.
To add something a YouTube video to your posts, just copy the embedding code from YouTube, click HTML on the top, right hand corner of your post that you are writing, and paste the embedding code where you’d like the video to appear in your post. Pretty easy, right?
To add images, just click the Upload Images icon in toolbar of your current post, and select the file from your hard drive. Position it where you want it in your article, and you’re good to go.
Once you’ve finished all that and done a quick check for spelling errors, you’re ready to send it out to the world. Click Publish and voila, it’s not a public blog that others can visit and read.

Driving Traffic – Now that you’ve got everything started, how do you get people to read it? A good way is to start becoming familiarized with Google Trends, and start using key words that people are searching for. Trends keeps track of what is hot on the Internet, and you can use that to your advantage when it comes to driving traffic. Submitting your website to Google News is another big way to build an audience, if you’re one of those websites that keeps current on what’s going on in the world and can provide a unique perspective on current events. Million of people use Google News everyday to keep up to date on what’s going on, and if your website is listed there, then there’s a good chance a lot of eyes will come to find it over time.
As you can see, there’s a lot of stuff that goes into building a website. Of course, those are just a few of the basics. Playing around with your template is a good way to find out about widgets and different designs, and from there the sky is the limit on how you want your website to look. Creating your own website can be time consuming, but the feeling you’ll get when someone compliments you on what you have created is second to none, and that’s more than worth the effort right there to go out and do it yourself.