Design a Website With These Five Quick and Easy Steps

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Design a Website With These Five Quick and Easy Steps

Ever wondered how having your own website could change your life? Whether it's for journaling your personal day-to-day experiences and sharing them with like-minded audience or for establishing your business' brand presence in its respective niche, designing a website is more of a journey rather than an overnight activity. It's a preconceived notion, however, that creating a website requires a computer science background or, at the very least, extensive web development training. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Here's five steps that anybody can use to get their first website up and running:

Figure Out Your Domain Name and Logo

The domain name you choose can stick for a long time. Take some time to think about what domain name you'll register your website with. There are domain names that you can get free of charge, but the more professional URLs that have branding impact can cost you anywhere between $10 to $50 per year, so it's worth giving some thought. Side by side with a good domain name is an eye-catching logo. Draw a logo or have a professional draft some ideas for you.

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Plan the Deets

Planning constitutes about half of the workload involved in crafting software programs, be it a website, a widget, or a sophisticated application. Oftentimes, however, people skip the planning phase and just start writing code and looking at potential names and logos they can use. While these are also important steps in their own right, planning should supersede any web development project. Start from a high level view of the project, mainly looking at where the navigation bar should be, how many and what types of webpages should be nested in your main page, what technologies you'll need to use, and how the user will navigate through the site.

Build Your Front End

A lot of people imagine web development as this mystical skill of writing in an alien language that computers can interpret. They look at hundreds of lines of code that other developers wrote on C++ or Java and they freak out and give up. Starting with a more friendly and easier-to-understand language like HTML and CSS is a good way to introduce yourself to the world of web development. These markup languages are straightforward and easier to learn since you can immediately see any design changes that you save on file and load on the browser, which is why a lot of developers choose to build their front-end first before they move on to the back-end.

Build Your Back-End

While JavaScript was originally created as a front-end language, the abundance of libraries that developers can use to construct the back-end of their website have made the language a popular choice for servicing client requests, managing databases, and doing anything back-end related. Node and Express are two popular libraries that have a ton of community support and an extensive WebDev guide, which make them easy to implement even with minimal knowledge about the language. You can test the responses on your computer or Local Host to determine which parts are buggy and require tweaking.

Choose a Web Hosting Provider

So far, you've been testing your website on your own local host server. For your website to be visible and accessible to other web surfers, you'll need a web hosting service to host your site's data. Hosting providers store your data on their remote servers. When someone wants to visit your website, they simply provide the address or domain in their web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Their computer will then interact with the host's server. If successful, the server then provides the data and your computer renders it on your browser.


Creating a website with bare minimum functionality is easy. What takes hours of development is building it into a feature-rich and fully-responsive website that provides smooth and seamless user experience.

By  Lindsey+Patterson Embed

Author Bio - Lindsey is a freelance writer specializing in business and consumer technology.


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