Building Your Website

Building a web site does not have to be a difficult process. Whether you are new at web site building or an experienced developer or programmer there are easy to use tools that can help you in building a successful website. In this post we will discuss the key elements that you will need to build a great website.

  • Domain name – You need a great domain name. Things to remember when choosing a domain name are that it should be short, sweet, and to the point. You want it to be memorable and reflect the topic or items that you sell. If you try to be overly clever it may come back to bite you so just be straight forward and get a name that you will be happy with for a long time. We recommend GoDaddy for this service!
  • Web hosting – Depending on what you site is for you will need different web hosting. If you are just doing a family site that has few pages and doesn’t need many features you may even want to consider free hosting. However, if you are doing an affiliate program site or an information based site you will want cheap web hosting. And if you have an ecommerce website where any goods or services will be purchased online you want a secure ecommerce hosting plan with great features such as a shopping cart, payment gateway, merchant account capabilities and other ecommerce tools. We suggest BlueHost web hosting!
  • Design – After you have registered a domain name and you have selected the best web hosting plan for you and your needs you will want to design your website. If you are a programmer or developer you won’t need help with this. If you are just beginning you may want to see if you host offers a free site builder that is included in your hosting plan. If they have a free site builder it may be drag and drop for simplicity. Some site builders come with a ton of free templates for you to choose from.
  • Once you have your design elements in place you will want to add content. Well written, original content and plenty of it will make your site attractive to search engines. If you are marketing anything and want to be successful you will come to rely on link backs from other sites and they will be more apt to give these links going to your site if you have content that will help their visitors and enrich their site and online reputation. Good content cannot be underestimated. You do want to avoid strictly becoming a link bank. You may receive a lot of requests for link exchanges or link backs. Only take the quality ones that will help you and will be reciprocal.
You will want to use Google to manually submit your website. Just visit www.google.com/addurl/. This is a great free resource. You can also try to list your site on DMOZ which is an open directory but make sure it is 100% complete before doing so. These are just tools for website promotion.
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