How to Create & Start a Website

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Building a website can be a fun and exciting endeavor. With advances in technology, anybody can build a powerful website. Various website-building software exists, some of which carries no price tag. Follow these steps to create your very own website.

Conceptualize. Never jump into a project without first figuring out exactly what you want to do. Software offers such a multitude of options that you can easily lose focus during creation. Be sure to have a solid plan before you begin to build.

Chose a platform to build your website. If you have minimal knowledge of HTML, use Moonfruit or a similar program that requires no knowledge of HTML. If you want to be a bit more advanced, use Adobe Dreamweaver or comparable software to build your website.

Follow your original plan, but feel free to improvise a bit. Once you open a builder, you will be shocked at the array of tools at your disposal. Many preset themes may fit your tastes; alternatively, create your own design based on your concept from the first step.

Spice up your website with photographs. Find a stock photo site to use by conducting an Internet search.

Publish your website. You need to choose a domain name and a hosting plan for your site. The Internet offers many free options for hosting; however, a domain name will never be free if it stands alone. For example, “xyz.com” cannot be obtained for free. Alternatively, “tripod.com/xyz” may be available for free.

Profit from your creation. Even if you do not sell a product, your website can earn money in the form of advertising revenue. Google and Yahoo both offer programs that will pay you when people click on their ads on your site. Other Web advertising services are out there as well. The more traffic you pull in, the more advertising revenue you can make. Thus, be sure to optimize your meta-tags to boost your search engine optimization (SEO). Also, be sure to submit your website to Google and other search engines. Free programs will let you do so. Finally, consider paying to buy some advertising for yourself. It may pay dividends to invest some money upfront to jump-start your traffic.

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