How To Make Your Own Website – Part 1

One of the first things you’ll need to make your own website is a domain name.  If you plan to use Blogspot (Blogger), Squidoo, Hubpages or any number of other free services – then usually all you need to do is decide on a name you like and enter it.  If it turns out somebody else used that name already, then you can add hyphens or slightly change the wording to find a url that can be assigned to you.

If you plan to purchase your own domain name, then services like Namecheap, Hostgator, 1&1 and many, many others are out there to help you with that.  For what it’s worth, I like Namecheap because they are very reasonable, and they have a whois protection service that lets you decide what information to give out rather than just blurting your home or business address, phone, email and name out for all to see (and use) as they wish.  The other hundreds of services out there are probably just fine … but remember, you don’t want to host you website at the same place you purchase your domain name at.

Next, you’ll need to write your content.  Putting that in notepad is best, since it doesn’t have any stray formatting, or even html coding in the background that could intefer with the final appearance of your web pages.  If it’s a personal site … the normal “hello world” post you get with wordpress will be just fine to get you going.

However, if you are planning to make your own website for business purposes … I’d recommend spending some time making sure you have quality content about you site ready to go before you publish it on the internet.  Sure, you can put up an “under construction” page if you like, I just personally think it’s better to have a good deal of the site written-up first.

More on this to come soon …

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