Webster’s Dictionary defines “intimidation” as “a feeling of inferiority that reduces one to a state in which the spirit is broken and all courage is lost.” Maybe that’s a bit dramatic but for many people, this defines the mindset that occurs when thinking about building a website. So what’s the deal here? You’re ambitious, adventurous, somewhat web-savvy and usually aren’t afraid to try new things. Why is this even an issue?
The challenge is that many web builders claim to be fast and easy but honestly are anything but. That’s why the team at Register.com went to work to develop a website builder that virtually anyone can use. Don’t believe it? Let us show you. Here is a quick guide to creating your very own website. Whether you are building one to showcase your baseball card collection, arts and crafts or even to start a small business, your dream of a great website is just a few steps away.
You don’t have to be an expert to build your own website. Register.com’s do-it-yourself (DIY) website builder comes with: “drag-and-drop” design technology that makes placing text and graphics easy, security features to protect your website, domain and hosting services, personalized domain-based email services and ongoing assistance from the award-winning Register.com support team.
During the sign-up process, you will select a domain name that represents your personal or professional brand and serves as your online address. Your domain name should be simple, short, unique and descriptive of your business. It’s a critical element of the web building process and will be the way followers remember and find your site. Once you select a domain name, Register.com will take the necessary steps to secure it for your website.
As the foundation of your site, your design template will help your followers quickly relate to your hobby, interest or business. The Network Solutions’ template gallery features hundreds of website layouts designed for virtually every topic – photography, baking, art, fashion and much more. Completely customizable, you can choose one and quickly and easily create a template to reflect your personal or professional brand. You’ll also find single- and multi-page templates that will help you build a site that’s perfect for your needs.
After choosing a template, you will be led to a building page with an intuitive tutorial that guides you through every step of the website building process. Add a headline to your home page and write a brief description of what your website is all about. Select photos from a gallery of thousands of professional high-resolution images that are ready for publishing. If you have one, include your logo to brand your site. Also, be sure to add your social media links and icons to make it easy for people to find you on these channels so you can build a larger following.
You can quickly and easily add all of your content elements to your site with a “drag and drop” editor tool. This makes it possible to highlight areas on the page for placement and to arrange your design features like a pro – no experience necessary. Easy-to-use tools make it fast and simple to add text and graphics, then arrange them in your web page layout to create an informational and visually attractive site. Take a step back and view your site layout the same way a new website visitor will. What other elements can you add to make your site even better?
You’ve added your text, photos and logo and your site looks like it is ready to go live. Go ahead and press the “publish” button and your website is officially live on the internet. But wait! Before you let others know about your site, take some time to review it section by section. Is everything organized the way you want it? Will your followers be able to quickly and easily navigate your content? Are your social media links active and working?
Giving your site a thorough “run through” will allow you to see your content from your audience’s perspective and give you the opportunity to make any further edits before announcing that it is live and ready for website visitors. Does everything look good? OK, go ahead and promote your site on social media to your followers – and just like that, you have a beautiful website of your very own!
The idea of building a website can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. While everyone promises an easy to use web builder, Register.com actually delivers. Ready to get started?