How To Build A WebsiteWritten by Matthew Coers
Building your own website is clearly least expensive route to establishing your business online, and it isn’t really all that difficult to do. There are three steps to building your site:
- Purchase a “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) HTML editor such as Adobe GoLive, Macromedia Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage.
- Create web pages using your editing program
- FTP files to your web-server.
The top HTML editors for beginners are:
- Adobe GoLive ($399.99 on Amazon)
- Macromedia Dreamweaver ($389 on Amazon)
- Microsoft FrontPage ($170.99 on Amazon)
All of these editing programs allow beginners to develop web pages using templates and WYSIWYG ease similar to programs like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. You simply create or select a pre-made template for your website, type your content into page on your screen, and hit save button. All three of these programs ship with instructions that are designed to help even most novice web user to create a relatively professional looking website.
The only thing you need to take into consideration is to make sure that if you are using Microsoft FrontPage, that you go with a web-hosting company that supports FrontPage extensions. Most do, so you probably won’t have a problem finding one.
Create Web Pages
Exactly how you create your site will depend on specific editor you use, however process of all editors is remarkably similar.
- Select or create a template for your site. If you have graphic design skills, you may choose to create something from scratch. Most beginners just use one of many pre-developed templates that come with their editing program. You can also purchase templates from third party vendors.
- Create pages for your site and type text directly into pages. The content will appear on screen similar to way it will appear in final website.
- Insert any graphics you will use for your site. In general, you should keep these to a minimum because each graphic you put into your page increases download time. Also, you don’t want too many animated gifs or flashy stuff on page - they make page appear unprofessional.
- Test site as you go. All editors contain a preview capability that will let you see page in a web browser exactly as your visitors will see it. It is also a good idea to test your pages using multiple browsers since there is some variance as to how different browsers interpret HTML code. You should design your site to work effectively with top three browsers. The top three browsers on internet today are:
- Microsoft Explorer (Download)
- Firefox (Download)
- Netscape (Download)
10 Ways To Boost Your Websites Appearance and Gain TrafficWritten by Chase York
First of all you want to keep it simple, that's what web surfers really want. You always want your site to look clean and professional. In my experience most people simply hit 'Back' on their browser when they get to a cluttered site. If you keep it neet and organized most people will stay long enough to see what your site is actually about. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Create a "Site Map" on your homepage or index. A site map should contain links to every single page of your website. These maps can be helpful for people but even more so for search engines, because when a search engine "crawls" "spiders" it sends will have an easier time accessing every page of your website. This will help your site get listed in many different search engines.
Besides site map, make a navigation bar or nav bar. These nav bars are alot easier for people to use and should be totally visible on every page of your website. Be sure to put links to every main page of your site in nav bar too.
Purchase or download some type of image creating/editing software. Your site looks alot better with a custom professional looking logo and other images.
Add some type of attracting feature to your website. These can range from a Game of week, to Joke of day, Horoscopes, or any other thing that will get peoples attention, but be sure to update it as much as you say you will. This adds "stickiness" to your website and will attracted new visitors and hopefully keep old ones coming back.
Make an archive or landmarks page. People enjoy reading about past issues of your e-zine or goals your site has accomplished in past.
Add some interactive things to your site like a forum, or a live chat room. People enjoy talking to others about how good they think your site is. Forums and chat rooms also add stickiness to your site.