How to design a website
What is a Website?
A website is a collection of web pages. A web page is a document stored on a web server (web host) which can be accessed using a web browser. A web page is made up of pictures, videos, texts and other graphic elements (what you see right now on your screen is a webpage).
Web Design Requirements:
- A Domain
- A Web Host
- Web Builder (WordPress)
What is a Domain? A Domain is the name you give to your website. It’s also called a web address or URL (Universal Resource Locator). This is the name your visitors or friends will use to locate your website on the internet. It’s a unique web address (no two websites can have the same domain).
What is a Web Host? A Web Host is a storage space on a server (A big computer on the internet) that stores your website. It stores the contents of your website (texts, pictures,videos, links etc) so that anyone who looks up your website through a web browser using your domain will be able to see your web contents.
Step 1: Purchase Domain and Hosting
There are thousands of hosting companies out there that offer hosting services. Some of them are good and reliable while most of them offer poor annoying hosting services. A good web host is characterized by its Uptime (99.99% Uptime is best) and its load time (1-7 seconds is good) plus good customer service (24/7). I don't want you to make a wrong choice as a beginner, so I will drop a list of top 5 hosting companies you can trust below:
1. Bluehost (World Best): Click to visit Bluehost…
2. Namecheap: Click to visit Namecheap…
3. Interserver: Click to visit Interserver…
4. Hostgator: Click to visit Hostgator…
5. Dreamhost: Click to visit Dreamhost…
Step 2: Install Web Builder (WordPress)
Wordpress is a popular web builder that can be used to design websites. Every standard web host is wordpress enabled, all you need to do is to log into your web host account and install wordpress. Watch the tutorial video to learn how to purchase domain, hosting and install wordpress.
Step 3: Create and design web pages
A website is made of web pages and a web page is made of texts, pictures, colors etc. So, what we do basically in wordpress is to create and design web pages for our website. Once we create a web page; we write texts on the page, upload pictures, videos and any other content we want to add to the page in an organized arrangement (layout).
I always recommend that you get a piece of paper and sketch a picture of how you want your website to appear (It’s like drawing a building plan). Yes, you should have a plan, a layout of what you actually want to design.