How to Make a Website: (Part 1)

A step-by-step guide to starting your very own website. By Free Hosting Tips.

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So you want to crate a website and reach out to the worldwide online community? Great! All you need to do now is gather some vital information about this somewhat tricky process and then you are ready to dive into the wonderful world of unlimited possibilities. Here are the 10 steps to make a website which we think are essential if your endeavor was to succeed.

Steps to follow:

1. Think about your website topic (s) & ideas. At this point you might already know what exactly will your new site be focused on. In this case you might skip this step but maybe it can also help you find an additional idea you can add to the main content (for example if you wanted to make a website about PHP programming then it could likewise be great to include some info about ASP and JavaScript).

A very simple yet often incredibly successful way to picking your website topic is to ask yourself the following question: "What does the the internet lack that I really need?" (We are confident that the pioneers of ultra popular sites like and were thinking just like that). For example one rather simple way of getting a good idea for a site is to listen to people. What were your family, firends, colleagues complaining about last time they were trying to find something on the net? A place to find a song they heard on the radio, or maybe a review website about the most reliable web hosting providers? Anything could trigger a bright idea for your future audience. Obviously it will be much easier to attract visitors if your site has something that can't be found anywhere else.

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So have a brainstorming session and note down the most interesting and even ridiculous ideas you might have, who knows maybe it will become the new trend in modern thinking!

2. Think about your target audience & market. What are the demographics of people you want to attract to your new website? Is it a special group of dedicated enthusiasts or simply everyone? It can be relatively easy to become popular in a very specific niche although the amount of traffic landing on your site will be fairly limited. However, if you wish to approach a very wide range of people or communities then you will most likely find that the competition will grow along with your popularity. Lets take a real life example from social media websites: First came "Six Degrees" in 1997 as an innovation website dedicated to social networking. But since then competition kicked in pretty hard and we could see the rise of sites like LiveJournal, Firendster, LinkedIn, MySpace, Orkut, Facebook and the list could go on forever. As you can clearly see this was a very general idea of a new type of websites which give massive amounts of visitors initially but eventually the competition becomes very difficult to handle.

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So we recommend you to think more specific and approach individual interestes. This way you have a higher chance of building a dedicated community and increasing loyalty of your audience.

3. Establish your commitment. Think of the 2 most important variables: time & money. Figure out from the start how much effort are you willing to invest into your new website. Our experience has shown that it is safe to plan for at least two times more time spent on developing a new website. The financial part will completely depend on your goals. If you are planning to make a simple hobby site then you can get away with either free or cheap hosting and you can perfectly manage by designing and building it by yourself. However, if you plan to earn money with your site and estimate a high flow of traffic then it is a good idea to invest into a very good design and purchase webhosting that gives you a lot of bandwidth and disc space. (Read our articles on website hosting to familiarize yourself with the topic).

It is obviously a big advantage if the theme of the site is fun for you to pursue. Experience has shown that the most successful websites were created not just by spending large amounts of money and time on development but also by being passionate about the subject. Treat your site as if it was a child that grows becoming bigger and more popular day-by-day. You will soon find out that it can be extremely pleasing to see that you have created something useful, practical or simply entertaining for the online community.

4. Register a domain name and choose web hosting. Now that you have selected your favorite topic and know exactly what your new website will be focused on it is time to select a domain name and register with a web hosting provider. This process can actually be very tricky and to help you out with the process we have written two dedicated articles: How to get a domain name & How to choose website hosting.

5. Start building your website. So once you have registered a domain name and gone through the web hosting selection process it is time to start building your new website! This is however a very big topic which is far beyond what we can cover on this site, so we will just give you some good tips from where to start. To avoid making this page too long we have written a separate article covering the topic of how to build a website.

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If you took the time to read our site building guidelines then you have most likely understood that you either need to do it yourself or hire someone else to do it for you. Either way is a good option and has it's own benefits and downsides. If you are planning to build a site yourself then before following the next 5 points it is an advantage to have at least a very simple design and a few pages to modify and add content to. Content is in fact the next step in our top ten list.

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