Steps to a Great Site
When you want to build a site, there are a set number of steps to work through in order to be a success:
Host your site
The hosting platform is a bit like renting a home. The host uses a server to put your resources such as images, pages, documents and other bits and bobs. You can actually build a functional site on your own computer, however if you want other people to be able to see it, you’ll need a host.
Register the domain name
The domain name is the user friendly URL you type into your web browser. It can provide valuable branding for your site and makes it easy for people to find you!
Planning the site
You need to think about the type of site you want. Perhaps an information/news site, an ecommerce shop or a service site. The content is an important choice too, as this is what people will see!
Design and Build
This is the most complex part of the page creation and you need to have some skills in hand! HTML and CSS are useful as these will help you to create the visuals for your site.
Publishing the site
There are often tools provided within your hosting company to publish your site.
Promoting the site
SEO (search engine optimisation) is the best way to get your site found as it allows Google (and other search engines) to index your site and get it ranking for your key phrases.
This is pretty tedious but essential. It is important that you regularly update the content with fresh and relevant things to keep your site indexing on search engines. You should regularly test your site to make sure it is all working correctly etc.