When you register a domain, the sole purpose is creating a website most of the times. When it comes to creating a good website, most of us have very limited knowledge about how things work from a technical point of view. If you are reading this, you already have decided to make a website and below questions are obvious to come in mind:
* What is the purpose of my website?
* What type of website I need?
* Where to start from?
* How to build it?
* What would be best way for me?
* In what budget I can get it?
After this post you will have all the answers to above questions along with many more.
Your purpose of creating a website plays a vital role in deciding other main factors. If you are a startup, choosing a right approach becomes more crucial. To sustain in the market you need to make sure your website serves your purpose more than your expectations. If you are an individual, your purpose for having a website could be blogging, portfolio, sharing photos & videos, marketing, promoting something, or anything that comes in mind. Having a clear purpose will help you make a decision in next steps. Think about your purpose for two minutes and then read further.
So now you have a clear purpose why you need the website. You need to decide which type of the website best serves you purpose. Below are major types of websites, select the one that matches best with your requirements:
Business Websites: These websites are especially for small to medium size businesses. You can integrate them with Maps, Directories, payment system, social media, online data from other websites and almost anything that suits your purpose. Startups, Most often, go for these websites. Depending on the response and requirements, these websites can be made bigger or smaller in the future.
Mobile optimized websites: Young generation spends billions of dollars through mobile devices. If your product or service is focused for relatively younger generations, more likely it will be used\ordered on mobile devices then desktop\laptop. Nowadays, most websites are mobile optimized so that the user can quickly navigate to the section he wants. These sites are specially designed for cellphones and tablets but also work good on laptops and desktops.
Responsive websites and web applications: These are for larger businesses. The main focus of these websites is to handle the load of thousands (might be millions, billions) users at a time. These are mobile optimized, responsive and widely used by mass.
Promotional Websites: These websites are for promotional purposes. You can promote any brand, product, service on them. These are good for affiliate marketing and product placement. Some marketing blogs and business websites also falls in category of promotional websites.
Personal Websites: If you are an individual and need a website for your blog, portfolio, Photo\video sharing, writing (Authors), Art this is the type of website you need. These are often good looking websites that can be created quickly and always comes in an optimized budget.
Now you have an idea what type of website best suits your purpose. Next question is how to build it? Building a website could be tricky for most of us. But you can still build it by yourself or get it build by professionals. Here are some most common ways:
1. When you don't know programming: You can still build a website by yourself with the help of content management system (CMS). Most popular CMS is wordpress. It is easy to build a website with these tools but you have to be a good designer to make it look good. Only small size personal websites can be built using this way. If you are lacking designing skills, you can get this website built by freelancers. Though freelancers have their own rates but you can get a decent personal website in $20-100.
If you want a medium\large size website, you will have to get programmers to build it.
2. When you are well versed programmer: When you are already a programmer, you know exactly how to build it. You can either build it yourself or get it built by others.
3 Outsource: If your requirements are more then small personal website, you have to get it done by experts. By outsourcing the assignment, you would not need to worry about anything mentioned above. You just need to give your requirements to the freelancer and wait for the end product. Toogit has a wide range of freelance web developers, you can post your project and wait 1-2 hours to get proposals.
After building the website, you need to make it live on internet. Now you need a host to make it live. There are several types of hosting services. We will discuss hosting in a dedicated upcoming post. In this post you will also get to know how much your website will cost you depending on your requirement.