Building Your First Website

by Paul Matcheson

Nearly all new businesses have their own web site as it is now considered crucial to success. It is amazing when you consider how many business on exist on the Internet. Many people are tempted to start an online business but are put off by the expense of having a web site built by a professional web site designer. This may have caused you to reconsider starting up your own business but read on as this article examines various aspects of web design focusing on creating your very first site for free or minimal cost using free tools and templates.

You may find it surprising but there are legitimate reasons why professional web site designers charge such high fees. Office expenses, software and hardware are just a few of the costs involved. You will be pleased to hear that not all things related to web design are expensive some are cheap and some are even free, furthermore such tools can be used to create complex and large sites.

Finding the cheap or free alternatives is as simple as a search on your favorite search engine. Simply search for “web design freeware” or “web design shareware”, the difference between the two types is that one is free whereas the other requests a small payment for use (especially if the software is being used commercially). You will find a massive selection of web building tools are available and many are so good that some professionals use them!

These days most free web design tools have a WYSIWYG interface which makes web design as easy as drawing a picture. Sadly you many need to learn a bit about CSS and HTML coding so that you can correct any minor errors or problems that arise from time to time.

Some people find the idea of studying CSS and HTML so scary that they avoid it altogether but it can be made so much easier by using free website templates or css templates. These are complete designs which you simply populate with your text and you will be amazed at how great some of these really are.

If even this method is a little too complicated for you there is another alternative which is one of the most popular ways in which to build a web site – blogs. A blog (weblog) can be on any subject at all and is incredibly easy to create, so easy that there are literally millions of them on the Internet.

You will be extremely pleased to hear that blogs are commonly free! Not all blogs are free but most, including the popular WordPress, have a basic account which is 100% free to use. Such accounts are, more often than not, as simple to use as 1, 2, 3,. You click the write button, write your text and then press the publish button and you immediately have a web page added to your site.

One you have mastered the basics of blogging you will become more interested in making your blog more appealing to your visitors and even this aspect is incredibly easy. However, for some facilities you may find that you need to pay a small fee, especially if you require more webspace.

Remember building your first web site can be as easy as searching for freeware, shareware, free web templates etc. so what is stopping you, why don’t you get started on a site today?

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