A website can be a useful tool, whether you want to share your opinions, try your hand at writing, share family pictures, promote your business, or share your family pictures. A personal website can increase your audience dramatically, but there are a few things you need to know about creating your own website.
- Determine the purpose of your website. Are you looking for a platform for your political views, a place to host your fiction or poetry, or a way to sell your products? Each of these purposes requires a different type of website, and should appeal to a different audience.
- Determine how comfortable you are with web page creation. If computers make you sweat and email is a difficult task, hire a professional. If, however, you enjoy learning how to do new things on the Internet, then using a free or inexpensive do-it-yourself type of hosting should be enjoyable.
- Decide how much control you want. If you don't mind choosing between only a few different background colors and styles, then you will probably be fine using free hosting. If you want your website to meet specific requirements, you may need to pay, or even hire a professional.
- Explore free options. There are many free options - especially for the blog format. Some vendors require the use of ads to pay for the space, but the ads are usually fairly unobtrusive and often relate to the content of your website. Some vendors offer hosting without the use of ads; you will just have to look at different hosting options.
- Choose a template. Many free hosting vendors, such as Blogspot, have a variety of templates that you can choose from. You can decide which colors and style will be most attractive to your prospective audience. You will probably be able to alter the template in very minor ways, but the overall style will remain the same.
- Think about buying a domain name. Many vendors sell domain names, if you have a particular name that you want. You may still need software or professional help to design the content of the page, however.
- Consider purchasing software. Software to design your web page is a good idea if you want a lot of control over the different aspects of your website. It may take some knowledge to create a webpage from software.
- Talk to professionals. If this process seems overwhelming or if you need a highly polished, professional site, you may want to consider outsourcing to a web designer. These professionals in web design work closely with the client to achieve the goals that the client wishes.
The Internet is a wonderful resource to bring readers and prospective buyers to your website. Whether you choose to design your web page yourself or use a professional, take your prospective audience into account and think about which styles might appeal to them.