Building a simple website is easy, even for non-IT people. If you have the
following basic requirements, then you can create your own website.
Basic knowledge of HTML
Computer set & Internet Connection
Website Design Layout or Template
Domain Name and Web Space or Host
Let me explain to you each of the above requirements:
Basic Knowledge of HTML:
A website is composed of one or more web pages. A page layout is produced by
using html codes or tags. HTML means Hyper-Text Markup Language and tags are
enclosed by < and > signs. If you have zero knowledge of html, well here is the
outline of a web page:
Outline of a web page::
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
Here you will place the title of the page. The texts here are displayed at
the topmost left of a browser or web page.
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<meta name="keywords" content="you must type here the main keywords of your
content like this keyword1,keyword2,keyword3,etc. Words that are frequently used
in this page content must be included here for search engine optimization." />
<meta name="description" content="You must type here the summary of this page
content using the page's main keywords for search engine optimization" />
<meta name="author" content="Your name here" />
<meta name="copyright" content="The year you built your website" />
This is the place for Cascading Style Sheets or known as CSS. CSS defines the
styles you will use in your web page such as font color and size of the text,
background image, boxes, etc. These are effected in the body but most of the
style definitions affects only those areas where you use them.
Here you will implement the layout using style definitions you have made in
the "style" section. Without putting anything here the page will be blank except
for the title that will appear at the topmost left of the page. You will also
place here the content of your website. It may be mixed of texts, images, audios
The above must be saved as a html page with extension of html or htm. Your
homepage or the starting page must be named as index.html or index.htm. When you
open a site like this site, www.ezinearicles.com, it will automatically search
and open the index page.
Note: If not displayed properly, "<" must be typed as "<" and ">" must be
typed as ">". Remember, html tags are enclosed by "<" and ">".
To see it with your two eyes, copy the above html codes from <html> to
</html>, then open your Notepad and paste it. In the Notepad or its equivalent,
Click File - Save - Type mywebpage.html or mywebpage.htm - Click All Files -
Click OK. Then in the Windows Explorer or its equivalent, find the the file and
open it...See the power of HTML. That's your first web page. With those few
codes, you can create your own web pages. For more basics of creating a web
page, click here.
Computer set & Internet Connection:
This is a computer equipment (desktop or laptop computer) that has a modem
and internet connection (Dial-up or DSL). This means that you can access or surf
the web. You will be using an internet connection to upload your web page files
and to browse your website in action after uploading. You may use your own
computer or you may rent in internet cafe, whichever is more comfortable to you.
Website Design Layout or Template:
Website Layout Design is the graphical presentation of your site in a web
page. Like in Freetipsandwits.com, the page layout is composed of header box,
right box, left box and footer box. The design layout will be your guide where
to place your content in every web page.
If you don't have time to learn html or let's say, you are not interested in
learning html, you still have options to have your web design layout. Buy or get
free web templates from the web. If you have a budget and you want to have a
design based on your preference, you may hire a coder or simply buy a web
This is the meat of the website. Your website is nothing without a content.
It is like a house without people and furnishings. People are looking for
contents. They want something from your website.
The content is the physical presentation of the purpose of your website. It
may be personal (about your personal life or life of other people), community (a
forum or discussion of a group of people), free or non-profit services (a
directory, educational, tutorial, freebies, etc.) or commercial (for selling or
marketing products or services).
Your content may include texts, graphics, sounds, videos, programs, etc.
depending on your purpose or on what you like other people or visitors to see in
your site and on the available materials with you. But, putting sounds, videos
or softwares make require an advanced knowledge of html and scripts.
You may source your content materials from the web, free or priced. Check our
directory of freebie sites or use Google and type "free web templates", "web
templates", "web template freebies" or other keywords that are appropriate based
on your need:
Domain Names and Web Space:
A domain name usually consists of two or more parts, separated by dots. This
is the unique text name corresponding to the IP address of the website. Example
is www.ezinearticles.com. The rightmost label "com" is what we called the
top-level domain (TLD). Other TLDs are .com, .net, .org, .biz, .ws, .tv, .info,etc...
Sub-domains are the labels on the left next to TLD and are dependent on the
domain to the right. "ezinearticles" is the sub-domain (second-level domain) and
dependent of the ".com" domain.
Choose a descriptive name for your site to give short information to your
target visitors on what your site is all about. You may use your own name too if
you want to. For search engine optimization, it is advisable that you name your
site with descriptive keywords. Each word must be separated by hyphen or dash
like “best-online-business-ever.com”, “affiliate-marketing-guide.com” and
To have your own second-level domain name, you have to pay for registration
on a yearly basis with ICANN-accredited website-registrars but you may register
a name for a number of years paying the equivalent amount. TLD's have different
prices some are cheaper than others.
You may also go for free sub-domain with sites offering free hosting but it
will be a third-level domain like in geocities, your website address will be
yourchoicename.geocities.com or in tripod, it will be yourchoicename.tripod.com.
Your domain name will be depedent of geocities or tripod.
If you really want to build a website using your own tradename and would like
to earn profit from it, it would be better to at least invest a little amount of
money. You may check if the name you plan to give to your site is still
available by using search engine and type "domain name registration" or
"register domain name".
Web Space and Hosting:
The next thing you need is the web space where you will place your registered
domain name and other stuff for your site. Normally, domain names are offered
with web space. If you register a domain, you will be given a free but limited
Usually, a free web space is ad-supported and subject to a number of
restrictions. Meaning, the hosting site will put an ad to your site without
paying you and it will not allow you to do or put some stuff.
So, if you want a clean web space where you can do whatever you want
"legally", it is advisable that you lease your own web space.
You may buy or lease domain or web space separately. You may register a
domain name from one website and lease a web space from another. If you register
domain name separately from web host, then you need to link the namservers from
your host to your domain name. The nameservers will be given to you by your host
and you need to enter this to your domain DNS (Domain Name Servers) setup.
For more paid and free domain name registrants and web hosts, use search
engine and type "domain name and webhosting" or "domain name registration" or
The following are the easy, simple and complete procedures to build your own
- Determine your purpose of your website.
- Prepare all the materials to be placed in your site as your website
- Plan the lay-out or design of your site. Get free or buy template.
- Create web pages. Learn our tutorial on creating your own web page or use
ready-made web templates.
- Name your site with keywords relevant to your site content.
- Check the availability.
- Buy domain name and web space or get free web-space.
- Upload your web pages. You may upload your web files by web browser or by
ftp. Check your with your host for instruction on how to do it.
- Check your website live. Check all the links if all are working fine.
- Submit your site to search engines and directories to inform the world
that you have built your own website.
Now you can start building your own website.
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