Starting a Website for Beginners

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on November 29, 2011
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2:47 PM
Total Updates: 4

If you are not familiar with websites, but would like to start one there are some things you need to know. Starting a website can range from really simple to highly complex. If you would like a small informational website then this can be accomplished pretty easily. On the other hand if you're looking for a dynamic, interactive site, then this could be very difficult.

Since this article is geared for beginners, we'll assume that you don't know anything about programming websites. Despite not knowing any HTML or CSS, the languages for programming a website, you can still build your website using third party software. This software that is available can help you build your website by giving you a graphical user interface or GUI. These software programs are called WYSIWYG programs or What You See Is What You Get and just like the name implies, it will show you what your website will look like as you build it.

Keep in mind that if you're going to attempt to build the website yourself, then this website should be only informational. If you're trying to add forums, boards, drop-down menus, logins, or submission forms, then you will need professional help. The more interactive your website, the more expensive it will be to build.

Paying someone to do your website can range from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. When making the decision as to whether or not you want to pay someone to build the website will have a lot to do with the time and energy you want to spend doing it yourself.

By building it yourself, it will probably take you at least 3 times as long, but it does have other advantages besides the money you will save. By building the website yourself it will give you the confidence to update the website yourself, allowing you to save money in the long run. Also, for some people, this might be a resume builder. Having computer skills and developing them can be very marketable to employers. Having your own website with your portfolio and resume gives a job seeker a more professional appearance.

If you're still uncertain if this is a good idea to build the website yourself, you might want to leave it to a professional. While building a website yourself is very much possible, nothing can compare to a seasoned professional. Being able to distinguish a professionally built website from a website built by a novice is quite simple.

When making your final decision, keep in mind a couple important factors:

  • What is my spending budget?
  • What is my time-frame to have this website built?
  • How complex will this website be?
  • How professional must the finished product look?

If you start building your website and then think a professional can help improve your site, more than likely the developer will scratch your work to start all over. In the programming world, starting all over is most often a better option than updating something with the wrong underlying structure.

In the end, if you build the website yourself, you will have to choose your web hosting company. The web hosting company essentially runs your website on their web servers. So after you build the site, you will upload it to your hosing provider. GoDaddy is the world leader when it comes to hosting websites. For about $55 a year, GoDaddy will host your website for you. Along with hosting, GoDaddy has 24/7 customer support. This support will be crucial for those building a website for the first time. They also offer website building tools including their own WYSIWYG program. Other hosting providers are out there, but few offer the tools and support like GoDaddy.

For a final thought, while building your website or paying someone to do it, be prepared for a long process. Yes, sometimes it can be quick and painless, but most of the time a lot of patience will be required. Happy building!