5 Tips For The First Time Webmaster

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If you are interested in designing a website and becoming a webmaster, it may seem a bit overwhelming when you look at everything you'll need to do and set up to gets your site running. That said, there are a few simple steps that can get you headed in the right direction and have a successful website in no time.

Figure out what type of website you want, and look for a hosting site that will fit those needs. 

If you just want to post pictures of your cats online, chances are you don't need a web host with tons of bells and whistles, just a lot of bandwidth and storage space. Don't pay extra for a hosting provider that offers you things that you won't ever use. 

On the other hand, if you want to run forums or require the ability to use databases and PHP scripts, you'll want a web host that will cater to those needs. Most hosting providers offer levels of hosting services so you can find a package that will fit your website's needs.

Register your domain.

Most hosting providers offer bundled deals that allow you to register your domain name and set up hosting at a discount price. There are few rules for setting up a domain name, other than that you want it to be memorable, but not too long. Kittypics.com is a good choice, while Reallycutepicturesofmycatnamedpickles.com is going to be clunky and hard to remember.

Figure out what type of coding or setup you want for your website.

What type of coding and HTML or PHP or a multitude of other coding languages you will want to become familiar with will depend on your website. If you are interested in generating your own code, a great place to start is W3Schools.com. If you prefer to deal with premade layouts and codes, there are many free or inexpensive packages that are available that require minimal if any coding knowledge, such as layouts at Free Website Templates and Template Monster.

Even if you do not know PHP or ASP, you can easily install a forum or blog or database program into your web hosting account. Many hosting services offer a suite of free packages that are set up to be installed via a control panel in the hosting account. This takes most of the effort and work verifying compatibility with your hosting provider and the web package you would like to use. 

Create your graphics.

Once you have a layout in mind, for a forum or blog or whatever, you'll need graphics. There are two ways that these can be generated. Many websites offer "skins" which are html coded graphic sets that you can install on your website, such as the sites listed above. Some of these are free and some require payment for use. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also try your hand at graphics programs such as GIMP (which is free), Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop.

Advertising your site. 

There are several ways to promote your site, but the first thing to do is to submit your website to different search engines. Sites like Add Me allow you to submit your site to several search engines at the same time for free. Your website should also be updated frequently, and make use of keywords that refer to your website's purpose frequently. This will help raise your ranking in website search engines; the farther up you appear in search engine results, the more likely people are to visit your website.

Guest Post : Rosie Symonds
Rosie writes for Aon Hewitt - the global leader in human capital consulting, auto enrolment and employee Benifits. In her spare time rosie has started to learn hTML coding


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