How To Make a Web Site

Yes, anyone can make a Web site. It is not as hard as you may think and it will not take a long period of time to create it. When it comes to making a Web site, there are many paths you can take. The direction you take depends on what you want to achieve with your Web site. It also depends on the amount of time and money you are willing to spend creating and maintaining your Web site. Let's focus on the top two ways to make a Web site: Create it or build it.

Step 1

Create your own Web site from scratch. Many people choose to make their own Web site using html and an editor, usually FrontPage, Dreamweaver or just a text editor. Creating html pages is fairly simple and there are many great online tools and templates to help you.

There are also a variety of online tutorials that will walk you through the process step by step. This is a good way to make a Web site for people that enjoy learning, want to learn a new skill and want to have a better understanding of how Internet Web sites really work. However, creating the html pages of your Web site is only part of what's required to have a functioning Web site.

Another task associated with getting your Web site off the ground is the setup and hosting that is required. You'll need to find a web hosting company that can store and serve your web pages to Internet browsers. Of course you'll also need to purchase a domain name for your Web site (i.e., Then you'll need to link the domain to your hosting company's web server so that your pages are displayed when someone types your domain name into their browser. There will be a learning curve associated with each aspect of making your Web site, so be prepared to spend some time figuring out all of the details. But again, this is part of the attraction for someone who wants to learn how the Internet works on a more basic level.

The benefits of making a Web site in this manner include having full control of the look and feel as well as the content of your site. You also get to learn new skills and software tools. Disadvantages include frustration learning the details of software, becoming familiar with new technologies and the expense can be more than anticipated (annual domain name purchase, Web site hosting).

Step 2

Use a Web site builder service. The other alternative is to use one of several Web site builder services available online. These services require no special knowledge or skills, yet allow people to make great looking Web sites. For a nominal fee you have access to top notch design tools that allow you to drag-and-drop Web site elements into place. You start with any of thousands of professional templates, then change colors, content, images and components to get exactly what you had in mind. You have access to professional features like blogs, photo sharing and e-commerce tools as well. Services also have marketing tools that allow you to easily drive traffic to your new site.

The Web site builder services handle all the behind-the-scenes details for you. You never have to do any coding, find a hosting company or deal with domain name registrars. Benefits of using a Web site builder service include having access to a full set of useful features to make a great Web site without having to learn the details of implementing the technologies. Pricing is usually about the same as paying for hosting if you made your own site (about $5 per month). Most services offer a free 30-day trial before you have to actually start paying the monthly fee. You may not have total control over the look and feel of your Web site, but services provide plenty of customization options.

Choosing either method to make a Web site will allow you to have your own online space in no time. You just have to decide which path you want to follow.

Jason Kay recommends using the Homestead Web site builder service, which is simple, affordable and fun. Learn more about starting a home Internet business including Web site creation and marketing at


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