How to make free website at wordpress.com.

Posted: May 5, 2013 in Making money online
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1. Choose a theme. If you already have a fairly good idea about what your website will focus on, skip this step. If not, here are some things to help you figure that out. First, understand that there are billions of people on the Internet, and a healthy percentage have websites. If you limit yourself to something that hasn’t been done, you’ll never get started

  • The best advice from the start would be, “Do what interests you.” Take a topic you’re familiar with, and focus on it. Your website will reflect all the care you put into it.
     
  • When you think, “Internet,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? E-commerce? Music? News? Socializing? Blogging? Those are all good places to start. You could create a website that’s dedicated to your favorite band, and have a chat area where people can talk about it. If you’re a news junkie, or want something less filtered than traditional media, build a website and get publicly available feeds from news providers such as Reuters, BBC, AP, and others. Build your own customized news aggregator (what used to go by the quaint name of “newspaper”), then see and show all the news that’s fit to digitize.

2. Make a plan. Building your website is going to take a commitment of time and money, so set a limit on both, and then dig in. The first thing you want to do after you have your idea and are ready to build a website is to plan it out. This doesn’t have to be a big, complicated spreadsheet, or a fancy graphic presentation, but at the very least, you will want to know what goes where.

  • Draw a flow chart. For most people, the website starts on the home page. This is the page that everybody sees when they first go to http://www.yourSite.com. But where do they go from there? If you spend some time thinking about how people might interact with your site, you’ll have a much easier time down the line when you are making navigation buttons and links.

3. Make it happen. When you have the basic idea down and have a plan for how it will be laid out, the next thing you’ll want to think about is how you’re going to build it. The options seem mind-boggling, and people will try to sell you this, and that, and every other thing that you “absolutely must have” on your site. When you get right down to it, though, there are only a few basic choices to make. Here are the pros and cons:

  • Build it yourself. If you have a website-building application like Adobe Dreamweaver, it is not very difficult to create a website from scratch.
    • Pros: website design software simplifies the process of building sites by letting you drag-and-drop images, text, buttons, movies, and anything else you can think of, all without ever having to dig into HTML. Many web design applications will even let you create sites specifically for your smart phone or pad. If you are building a basic, personal website, this is really a great way to go.
       
    • Cons: there is a learning curve, and though you don’t have to dig into HTML, it’s not totally geek-free. If you are in a hurry, this might not be the best solution. Perhaps the biggest con, though, is that if you are not a graphic designer, youcould end up with a page that hurts the eyes. To mollify this somewhat, there are a number of free templates in the applications, and on the internet, but be aware of your limitations—if you have any!
       
     
  • Use a hosting site. Wordpress is a great option for building websites. WordPress features almost 200 themes that you can start using immediately. There are some options for customization, and you can manage your site from anywhere that has an Internet connection.
    • Pros: Very easy to use, quick to get started, and lots of options for the beginner (with enough depth for more experienced users).
       
    • Cons: Some themes are limiting, and not all are free.
    • Learn HTML and build a website from scratchHTML looks complicated, but it’s like listening to Shakespeare—it’s hard at first, but once you get the feel of it, it’s not that difficult.
      • Pros: You will be able to tweak your website any way you want, and not have to pay anybody else to do it.
         
      • Cons: Programming is not for everybody. Your brain may be wired for art, or business, not for a new language and syntax that seems totally foreign (but be aware that it’s consistently methodical rather than difficult). There is also a learning curve, so as with using a site building application, time considerations play a factor here, too.
         
       
    • Extend your knowledge base. If you decide to go the programming route, there are ways to extend your HTML skills, and add more features and more depth to your website. If you are developing a professional website, these tools will help you get that edge that is needed in any business venture.
      • CSS, which stands for “Cascading Style Sheets”. CSS gives more flexibility for styling the HTML, and makes it much easier to make basic changes—fonts, headers, color schemes—in one place, and have those changes ripple through the site.
         
      • XHTML is a web language set by W3C’s standards. Almost identical to HTML, it follows a stricter set of rules for marking up information. What this means, for the most part, is minor changes to the way you write code.
         
      • Look into HTML5. It’s the fifth revision of the core HTML standard, and will eventually subsume the current version of HTML (HTML4), and XHTML as well.
         
      • Learn a client-side scripting language, such as JavaScript. This will increase your ability to add interactive elements to your site, such as charts, maps, etc.
         
      • Learn a server-side scripting language. (PHP, ASP with JavaScript or VB Script or Python) can be used to change the way web pages appear to different people, and lets you edit or create forums. They can also help store information about people who visit your site, like their username, settings, and even temporary “shopping carts” for commercial sites.
         
      • AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is a technique of using a browser sided language and a server sided language to make the page get new information from the server without refreshing the page, often greatly reducing user wait time and vastly improving the user’s experience but increasing bandwidth usage. For a website that will see a lot of traffic, or an eCommerce site, this is an excellent solution.
         
       
    • Hire a professional. If you are not up to designing, or learning languages and protocols—especially for more advanced sites—hiring a professional may be your best option. Before you hire, ask to see a portfolio of their work, and check their references carefull.

4. Register your domain name. If you’re on a budget, there are strategies for buying a cheap domain name. Find a domain name that is easy to remember and easy spell. If you use domains ending with .com, you will end up with more traffic, but most of the easy ones are taken, so be creative.

  • Look to Network Solutions, GoDaddy, or Register.com to research and find the ideal domain name for your website. WordPress also includes a feature whereby you can use a name that’s tagged with their site, for example, mywebsite.wordpress.com. But if the name you choose is also available as a .com, they will notify you when you sign up.
 
  • You can purchase domain names but it has been “parked” or is for sale online through business sales sites. It’s a good idea to get legal and financial advice before purchasing an expensive domain name.

5Inspect your website. Before you post your site, check it out. Most web design software has a way to test your site without taking it online. Look for missing tags, broken links, search engine optimization, and website design flaws. These are all factors which may affect your website’s traffic and revenues. You may also generate a free full-functioning site map to submit to search engines like Google, in a matter of minutes…

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