Website creation - the 5 easy steps

5 easy steps for creating and managing websites ( this page created late 2017)

Not long ago, making websites was a job for specialists. Today it’s possible to easily create websites using inexpensive online Content Management development platforms.  The 5 essential steps for launching a website are:

Step 1. Register a Domain Name (www / url)

A domain name is essential. This is the address for your website (www) and allows visitors to find your site on the internet.  There are many registrars including www.namecheapcom, and .  Typical domain costs are USD $10 per year.

Step 2. Plan your website and hosting

Your website data (images, videos, text etc.)  must be stored somewhere online and this is called web hosting.  The domain name mentioned above is ‘pointed to’ the web hosting server using what are called DNS addresses. (DNS = domain name server)

Step 3. Build your Website

Content management system (CMS) makes website creation and management easy today. You don’t need to go back to the person who built your website every time you need to make a change.  CMS enables users to quickly and easily create, add and edit information.  Many CMS today also provide the hosting and domain name registration described in steps 1 and 2 above.

Step 4. Add Website content

Content includes text, images, video, audio, downloads, etc. It’s fact that ‘content is king’ so ensure good quality content.

The basics you should have ready for your website creation include:

ü  A brief description of your business.

ü  Your unique sales proposition - why should someone come back to your website?

ü  Your business location and contact details.

ü  A brief description of each product or service your business offers

>Error checking – check all with a spell checker.

>Make sure each link works correctly.

>All prices quoted are correct

>Contact details are shown.

>Have at least 3 reliable people proof read all pages.

>Ask a few people unfamiliar with your business for feedback about the website.

>Get your website indexed by the major search engines

Step 5. To ensure maximum visibility with SEO ensure your site is https. Make the site https that is essential today for effective SEO ranking.  Google Chrome makes sites that are not https less visible in searches. For more information visit