HELP FOR DESIGNING YOUR WEB SITE

The Next Step: Web Site Design


Your web site may be a collection of information about your hobby or interest, or you may want to develop a web site for your business. Since your web site will be a reflection of this hobby, interest or business, you will want a nicely designed space that will reflect your business or interest in a positive manner. Once you've gotten your web space and domain name set up, you're ready to design your web site . The design of your web site is important, as first impressions will be made based on the design and content of your web pages. Your site should be user-friendly, easily navigated, easily read, and professional in appearance, especially if it's a business web site. Your web site should also be easily found on the Internet. This article will help you with the planning and design of your web site, including authoring tools, search engines, and other information you should find useful. Whether your web site will be for business or personal, you should find what you need to get your web page online for others to discover.


Planning Your web site

Perhaps it goes without saying, but the very first step in creating your web site is planning it. This is especially important for a business site, but almost equally so for a personal one. Define the purpose of your web site, your target audience, , what information you'll want to include, how it will be presented, and so forth. By defining the purpose first, the other aspects will fall into place. Having a purpose will help you set both short and long term goals, define your target audience, and the content of your web site. This will also help you track your web site's progress and help you with expansion of your web site.

Design Basics

Once your plans are in place as described above, you are ready to begin designing your web site. Take a look around the World Wide Web at other web sites to get some ideas as far as layout and design. There are many sources for web site design. Some offer free help and web site templates, others will design your web site for set fees. Start first with your web hosting service, as more than likely they will offer design help. They may even offer templates that will get your started. Following are just a few web sites that offer free and inexpensive templates and other design help:

  • Wetpaint has a very basic template for you to try out. Especially for those very new to web authoring and who are designing a personal web site.
  • freeweb sitetemplates.com offers hundreds of free web site templates which you can download from their web site.
  • CityMax has everything you need to build your business web site for less than $20, including templates and design software.

Web Site Design Software and Helpful Sites

There are also a number of software titles and online sites to help you build your own web site. You can buy your own software or use the software available through design web sites. Here are just a few of them:

  • SiteSpinner is available for about $49, and will assist you in building your own web site easily, even if you don't know the HTML coding.
  • Microsoft Frontpage has a version which comes with your computer operating system. Simple to use, just like using Microsoft Word, but capable of generating attractive though simple, web sites. The program generates the HTML codes so you don't have to.
  • CityMax offers web authoring tools, lessons and support for building your web site.
  • BuildYourSite.com will help you with domain name registering, editor software and more.

Search Engines

You will probably want people to find your web site, especially if it's a business site. Search Engines are the way to get your site noticed, and visited. There are submission sites, called SEO's (Searh Engine Optimizers) which cost anywhere from about $30 on up to $100 or more, which will submit your web site to search engines. If yours is only a personal site, you probably won't want to spend this much money to get noticed. But if you're a business and want to attract new customers, consider using one of these services. There are also some free submission sites, such as HitCounterDownload, which will submit your site to 20 or more search engines, including Google. All they ask is that you carry a link from your web site back to theirs, and they even supply the code. You can submit your web site directly to Google for no cost. Other sites will let you have a free trial.

See our separate article on search engines for more information on how they work.

In Conclusion

Building a web site of your own isn't rocket science. Even if you currently know nothing about the HTML coding, by the time you have uploaded your web site, you'll have a better grasp on what it takes to build a web site. There are plenty of places to go for help and instructions. It won't be long before you have the basics down, and can design these sites even more quickly and efficiently, whether you use your own personal software or a design site. Good luck!


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Audio-Video-and-Cameras:
Plasma TV, LCD TV, MP3 Players, TIVO, Satellite TV, Dgitial Cameras, Digital Camcorders, Bose iPod Speakers, Multimedia Projectors, GPS, Blu-ray Disc

Computer and Accessories:
Choosing a Laptop Computer, Computer Memory Upgrade, Copying a Hard Drive, Dual Monitors, Networking Computers, Microsoft Office, PDA's, Cheap Ink/Toner, Color Laser Printers, Multifunction Printers, Scanners, USB Flash Drives, Wireless Printers, Dell computers, Wireless Routers, Wireless G Routers, Wireless N Routers, Laptop Carrying Cases

Computer and Video Games:
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Entertainment:
Online Gambling, Poker, Routlette, Blackjack, Craps and other Online Games, Online Casinos, Movies, Online DVD Rentals, Home Theater Systems , Home Theater Components, HDTV, HDTV Buying Tips, HD Radio, Portable DVD Players, Magazine Subscriptions

Fun-Hobbies:
Tropical Fish, Aquariums, Scrapbooking, Rubber Stamping, Geneology, Geocaching, Soap Making, Candle Making

Legal:
Criminal Defense Attorneys, Tax Attorneys, Lemon Law Protection, Structured Settlements, Investment Fraud, Bankruptcy Attorneys, Personal Injury Attorneys, Family Law

CellPhones-and-Communication
Cell Phones, Cell Phone Carriers, Prepaid Cell Phone Plans, Cell Phone Ringtones, Headsets, VOIP, Cheap Long Distance, iPhone, Blackberry, Bluetooth Technology, SmartPhones

Jobs-Schooling
Online College Degrees, Business Degrees, Home Schooling, Drivers Education, Job Resumes, Online Job Search
Internet:
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Finance and Insurance:
Auto Insurance, Car Insurance Quotes, RV Insurance, General Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Basic Guide to Consolidating Student Loans, Cash Advance Loans, Federal Student Loan Consolidation, Debt Consolidation, Debt Management, Credit Card Debt Consolidation, Free Credit Reports, Home Mortgages, Home Equity Loans, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Rates, Mortgage Companies, Second Mortgages, Mortgage Brokers, Health Insurance, Insurance Quotes, Term life Insurance, Mortgage note buyer, Renter's Insurance, Household Budgeting

Home:
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Business-Office-Supplies:
Discount Office Supplies, Home Office, Office Furniture, Copiers, Home Business, Business Cards, Business Brochures, Mailing List Companies, Affiliates, Franchises, Business Telephone Systems, Employment Agencies, Call Centers, Fax Machines
Health and Wellness:
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Gifts:
Gift Ideas, Corporate Gifts, Gift Cards, Wristwatches, Replica Watches, Sunglasses, Wholesale Jewelry, Jewelry Boxes, Wedding Gifts, Food Gifts, Books, Music, Flowers, Gift Baskets, Candles & Candleholders, Chocolate & Candy

Sports:
Health Clubs, Home Gyms, Treadmills, Golf, Golf Vacations, Golf Schools, Golf Clubs, Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Basketball

Travel:
Railroad Train Travel, Greyhound Bus Travel, Moving Guide, Rental Cars, Luxury Cruises, Maui Vacation, Spain Travel, Panama Cruise, Mexico Travel, Europe Travel, Disneyland Vacation, Disney World Vacation, Airline Tickets, Las Vegas Vacations, Las Vegas Sights, Las Vegas Entertainment, Las Vegas Dining, Lake Tahoe, Reno Vacations, Grand Canyon Vacation, Alaska Vacation, San Juan Island Vacation, Seattle Vacation, San Francisco Vacation, San Diego Vacation, SeaWorld Vacation, Yellowstone Park Vacation, Los Angeles Vacation, Bed & Breakfasts, Las Cruces New Mexico Vacation, Texas Hill Country Vacation, Columbia River Gorge Vacation, Albuquerque Vacation, New Mexico Vacation, Utah Vacation, Denver Vacation, Carlsbad Caverns, Branson, Missouri, Arizona Vacations, Jackson Wyoming, Skiing Wyoming, Skiing Oregon, Skiing Utah, Skiing Colorado, Skiing California, Skiing Washington State, Skiing Idaho

Yard-and-Garden:
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