Creating a Website That Works
Starting off a website can be a daunting task at first as there are so many options which you have to consider before you go and buy your desired domain name and order web hosting. It has been a proven fact that planning is everything when it comes to creating a site, the best way to start is to cover everything before you even start the new project, writing everything down and planning your route to success is everything.
Once you have your site plan written down its best to start thinking about web design, finding the best way to display your content so it's easy for your visitors to understand what your website is about and also looks nice.
There is a huge number of websites which you can download free web templates and layouts for your own projects, it's a good idea to download a few templates to see what's best for your website. A lot of people make the big mistake of creating a layout which suits them; finding out what others think of your layout structure is always a good idea.
A good way to find out what other people think is by joining webmaster forums; most of the forums have a layout discussions section where you can get some good advice from over web developers. With this being said you must also consider what other people think, the reason behind this is because most of the forum users create websites and a lot of them will look at your site as a designer and not as a visitor.
Once you got the layout and content sorted it's time to buy a domain name, try and find a domain name which has the keywords of your site, lets says you have created a gardening website with the title gardens, its a good idea to try and get a domain with the keyword "gardens" or "gardening", always remember to keep your domain simple so your visitors can remember it.
Now when it comes down to hosting your website don't make the most simplest mistake which a lot of people do, that is by ordering a paid hosting account. The web hosting industry is very big and it is tempting to rush in and order a big amount of web space and bandwidth. As your site is new and you don't know how well it is going to do its best to not have that cash overhead month to month just yet.
A good way to find out how much resources your site is going to use is by signing up to a free web hosting site, once again there are so many of these sites which will provide you the right amount of resources for your new project.
Now your site is live its time for promotion, there are so many ways to promote a website and its best to try everything to find what suits you best, just remember that website promotion is a continuous task and really does decide the future and success of your site.