Why is a website created?
A website is an important aspect of the digital world. Websites help in circulating information globally by creating a visual impact, which is much more powerful than words. Creating a website gives a person the scope to publicize one’s ideas or services over the web. Any registered company needs to have a website and the quality of website is considered an index of the market strength of the company and its positioning in the market. The entire literature representative of a specific company including mission, vision, products, industrial partnerships and career growth prospects can be well condensed into a webpage. The online visitors can access the company profile and scroll the options to acquire relevant information anywhere, anytime.
Website creation emerged as a specialized profession with the growth of digital media. A website designer has to work with miscellaneous companies in the public and private sector. It is definitely an interesting, promising and financially rewarding job. Previously, only few and well established could afford their own websites, as website development creation and maintenance used to be an expensive venture. An emerging entity pursued the dream of having a website of its own.
With the growth of internet technology enabled services, the procedure to create a website has become a lot more convenient nowadays. One might build a website without any expert assistance from professional companies. One does not need to know any technical or complicated programming languages. For website building, the selection of a web developer is required, which in general is quite user friendly. Some website developing portals like WordPress, Drupal, Go Daddy, Webnode etc. make it possible to create a website absolutely free of cost.
Selection of a website building platform
The first step in creating a website creation is to decide the platform in which the website shall be built. A website building platform, also known as a content management system(CMS) is actually a user friendly system to build websites where one may contribute, modify, edit or maintain content.
Few years before, websites were built mostly with the help of Hyper Text Markup language(HTML) or Flash. Hence, one was supposed to have requisite knowledge of programming as well as coding skills for establishing a website. The term content management system may be more aptly related to the WordPress, which is a convenient platform for building websites from the beginner’s point of view. At present, about 50% websites are built using WordPress.
The website created with the help of wordpress becomes immediately noticeable on the web and responsive to feedback from online visitors. It is quite compatible with iphones and tablets too. WordPress is used as a platform by miscellaneous sites and online stores. Some of these are ebay, NASA, Reuters and CNN.
WordPress may be installed if not inbuilt in the computing device. Firstly, a candidate must sign with hosting sites like Bluehost.com. After that the user is required to click only on the ‘Install’ option in the control panel.
One needs to follow the steps given below
- Logging into hosting account.
- Searching the WordPress icon.
- Choosing domain for website installation
- Clicking the ‘Install Now’ button to get access to website
Choosing a domain name
The registration process inclusive of signing up or logging in procedure at a website developing platform is quite simple. One needs to have an email account or membership in a social networking site such as Linkedin. After providing account details, there is a notification page which inquires the new user’s permission regarding privacy concerns such as access to his profile information. Finally, the person creating the website has to choose a domain name and find a space, where the site would be hosted.
Domain name: It refers to web address or the way the creator wants the website to be seen on the web. Domain names end with .net, .org or .com. A person may choose the name of the company in case he wishes to start a website to promote his company. Alternatively, he may use his own name as a domain name, in order to start a personal website where he may promote his ideas and creative works. One must select a catchy name which is likely to gain more attention from target audience.
Hosting: It is the process of connecting the website to the internet.
Customization of website
The next step is customization of website i.e. giving it a form, which is a technical process. At first, one needs to select a design template or theme from a list of professionally designed templates. Plug-ins are tools for helping in adding features to enhance user based interaction such as subscription forms, image galleries etc. The selection of the theme is quite important as it creates an initial impression about the company in the user’s mind, which is quite helpful in its future prospects.
The steps in template selection for website are:
- Logging into WordPress dashboard
- Accessing free themes from a gallery of 1500+ theme options
One needs to provide a personalized domain with a professional image and contact details, making it feasible for visitors to remember and contact him. One needs to keep track of the number of online visits per day and the specific part of the website which gets maximum views by the visitors. Analysis of visitor trends and behaviours helps in the evaluation of an effective marketing strategy to increase circulation among visitors.
Customization can be done by adding features such as applications(apps) by just few clicks. One may add numerous interest generating features such as
- Web forms
- Paypal checkout button
- Youtube videos
- Google store
One needs to first decide whether you want to create a dynamic website or a static website with the help of manually written code. A static website is preferable in case the creator needs a website with few pages only. It is easy to develop.
If the user wants to create a static website, it is advisable to use an open source File Transfer Protocol(FTP) since it provides direct connection to the server. In case the connection gets terminated, the protocol tries to resume it immediately while the file transfer process continues without any halts.
Instructions for setting up a static front page
- In Settings tab choose Reading
- Choose a static home page
If a person intends to create a dynamic website, one must use a dynamic content management system like WordPress. New content can be added by selecting the Posts page, followed by clicking the ‘Add New’ link in the Dashboard. Addition or editing of webpages may also be done by clicking the key Add new. Then one may add image or text. For content that will stay more or less same, one needs to use Pages menu section on the Dashboard. For instance,’ About Us’ or ‘Company History’. In order to customize the new pages, the ‘Menus’ section may be used.
Instructions for editing sidebar
- Go to appearance option and select ‘Widgets’
- Use the ‘drag and drop’ option, then select items
Instructions for installing plugins
Select ‘Plug ins’ and then ‘Add new’.
Once designed and developed, the website must be modified or renewed on a regular basis with more updates and additions.
- Choose right site for hosting
- Accurately code the website so that it can have maximum speed
Ensure the security of website from cyber cri