The World Wide Web – where would we be without it? The Internet has become such an integral part of our daily lives – that for most, it is the first thing one opens when he gets home, while the last thing one closes before leaving the house is his favorite webpage or website, as the case may be.
I know this for a fact because when I first started using the Internet, I had always wished to have my very own website – for show, to interaction and perhaps, to brag about how well it was made. Now, if you’re not planning on getting a professional web designer to do it for you, you can always do some study and make your own.
Let’s start with the Basics. I know that you know what the Internet is, but let as once again be familiar with some terms before getting ahead with web designing.
A server for example is a computer that simply serves, or technically, a computer that host websites twenty four hours a day. For your site to be existent, you will also need to get a Domain Name, which gets you an official name for web surfers to find. If you want a unique name which is exclusively yours, you may opt to dole out some cash annually to maintain your Domain.
Now, if you are a little tight-budgeted, you will be happy to know that there are various free-hosting websites available – but the problem is that with this, you can’t exactly have the specific address that you really want – like for example if you want your site to be named www.awesome.com, then the hosting site would attach its name with it making it www.freehost.com/awesome.com, or something like that.
Aside from the abovementioned, you might also want to take a look at the following to further help you build that website that you have always wanted:
The Design – building a website is like making a painting or a creating a resume’. You will need to have an idea as to what will be the content, the color to use to go with the content, the text that goes with it, the graphics, the sounds or even the kind of space or layout to make.
All these things play an important role in making a great website. Here are some additional things about the designing aspect that you might want to take a look as well:
- Some elements to remember in a design – Lines, Shape, Texture, Color, Direction.
- Web color synchronization – to look the same in different monitors use simple colors.
- Apply a color scheme for your site- monochrome, analogous, complementary and others.
- Learn Fonts and Typography – from different styles and sizes, and make them fit.
- Use GIF for small pictures, and JPEG images for photographs.
- Optimize Images for speedy downloads.
- Add a no right-click script to protect pictures from being copied without permission.
- Establish the element and how it will fit with the web page.
- Use the space wisely & align your images.
- Design effective navigation, most especially on the home page.
The Tools – just like in painting, you will need a lot of tools to make a picture perfect website. But instead of a paintbrush, you will be offered different tools to choose from. These are:
- HTML – this means hypertext mark up language. This is the basic building blocks of all websites. In fact, the earliest websites where made from this language. Take note, however, that this will require the use of codes, brackets and tags within the web content. CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets is also part of this language. This is primarily used to describe the look and format of a document written in HTML.
- Dreamweaver/Frontpage – these are HTML editors and are a lot easier to use than HTML. Through these, making websites will seem like writing a document in a word editing software (open office, MS word, etc). However, the downside with this option is that you will lose some essential elements of control that HTML designing offers.
- Web Site Builder – these are pre designed or pre made websites. These offer templates that can be customized to match your personal profile or to fit your company image. This is the easiest method since it does not require any manual coding. Good examples of these tools are Yola, uCoz, Jimdo, Moonfruit, Squarespace, Weebly, Doomby, Webnode, Webs, Wix and many others.
- Photoshop – arguably, one of the best graphics tool available. Pictures say it all – and with this, you will be able to do a lot of “talking” with your website.
These are just some of the tips you may want to take into account as you learn to establish a proper website. I recommend learning HTML to gain better control over the creation of your website – however, you will need to study a lot of codes in order to become an accomplished HTML user and a great Web Designer.
But if you’re still starting out and want to start your site immediately, using Web Site Builders may do just fine – for now. Do as much as you want to do with it, and if you later want something more advanced – then just switch to HTML or hire a professional web design company.