How to Make Your Own Website
Sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be. Making a website doesn't have to be difficult: we'll show you how to make your own website, step by step.
Before you get started, you should ask yourself a few questions: what do you want to do with your website? Are you interested in making a business website or a personal website? Do you want a website just to showcase your content, ie, photos, texts, and videos, or do you want a blog and even an online store? Take heart: there is an easy solution for most everything you want to do with your website.
How to make your own website in 5 easy steps.
Step 1: Choose a provider.
This is actually the most important step of all: some website builders are easy to use and reputable, and others are unnecessarily complicated, too expensive, or just plain not very good. Here's a hint: go with a company you trust, one that has been reviewed in the news and which has a lot of users; chances are they are reliable and will be in business for the long run.
Jimdo is a website builder that has been in business since 2007 and has already helped people create millions of free websites. We pride on offering the easiest way of making a website, hands down. Jimdo also offers detailed tutorials and webinars to walk you through how to make a website.
If you're looking at several website builders or web hosting companies to make your free website, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do they offer a free version or just a one-week free trial?
- Do they offer personal support?
- Can you see who is behind the service (people and not just a company name)?
Jimdo offers the complete package, including free website hosting, for people looking to create a website, starting with instruction on how to get started making a website all the way to support when you have a question you can't answer yourself.
Step 2: Choose a name and log in.
See that sign-up box at the top of the page? That's where you type in a name for your website, enter your email address and tada! You now have a new website.
Check your email for the confirmation email and password, then log in to get started making your site.
Step 3: Add a header image.
An attractive header photo at the top of your website serves to help brand your website (if you're a business) or just to introduce visitors to you and your personality (if you are making a personal website).
The video on the right shows you how to upload a header photo and adjust it, how to add a title, logo and more.
Step 4: Adjust the navigation.
Not every website is the same. Some sites are best with just a page or two, others require at least four main pages to say everything they have to say. So it is with your website, too: after learning how to make it, you probably want to decide which pages you'll need.
Navigation is a word for 'all the pages on your website' and how visitors can get to them. Your navigation is the buttons at the top of your website, linking to a page about you or your company and one on your online store.
Step 5: Create content.
Now you've learned a bit about how to create a website and what makes your website look good to visitors -- great! But the last step is not the least, by any means. For a great website that attracts people's attention and keeps it, you need great content. That means good-looking photos and videos, and texts that people will want to read and share.
Have a lot to say? Create a blog. It's great for SEO, and if you write well and frequently, you can draw people back to your website and keep them there. You can make a portfolio website, a personal website, or a photography website—whatever you want your free site to be, it can be!