The Newbie’s Guide to Building a Website

The Newbie’s Guide to Building a Website

This short article will show you the very basics of building a website. It is intended for newbies, taking you step by step through the simple process from the very beginning. It makes very few assumptions about what you know (other than the fact that you know how to surf the Internet, since you’re already reading this article online). As some steps are more involved, you may want to take advantage of hiring Creative Design Services and Website Development Services.

Get Your Domain Name

The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get a domain name. This is the name you want to give your website. For example, the domain name of the website you’re reading is “” To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that name. Getting a name does not get you a website or anything like that. It’s just a name. It’s sort of like registering a business name – having that business name does not mean that you also have the shop premises to go with it.

Choose a Web Host for Your Site

A web host is basically a company with a number of computers connected to the Internet. When you place your web pages on their computers, everyone in the world will be able to connect to it and view them. You will need to sign up for an account with a web host so that your website has a home. If getting a domain name is analogous to getting a business name, getting a web hosting account is comparable to renting office or shop premises for your business.

Web Design

Once you have created your domain name and web host, the next step is to design the website itself. If you are hiring a web designer to do it for you, you can probably skip this step, since that person will handle it on your behalf.

Test Your Website

As you design them, you will need to test your web pages in the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge. You can download all these browsers online, free of charge, so it should be easy to get them. Unfortunately, directly testing your site is the only way you can be really sure that it works the way you want it to on your visitors’ machines. In addition, if you have a smartphone, try out your site there too.

For those who don’t have Windows 10, but need Microsoft Edge, and those who run a Mac (and thus do not have either Edge or Internet Explorer), all is not lost. You can use a piece of software called a virtual machine, which mimics a completely separate computer running within your real computer.


Naturally the above guide is not exhaustive. It is a summary of some of the essential steps in getting started with your site. This article is enough to help you put your website on the Internet. Enjoy!

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