Do-it-yourself web development may seem like the whole task for anyone who lacks any sort of coding knowledge; however, with the advent of the net becoming such a mainstay in our lives, many programmers have spent a ton of time developing content management systems that allow people without any understanding of HTML or any other programming languages to develop content and apply it to their sites.
Understanding Where to Start
Hosting: The place to probably begins to understand that if you own a website, you essentially own access to a web domain. Through that domain, the domain that essentially managed by a third party provider, files can be accessed. Those files are your website. The difference between those files and files on your desktop is simple: the files that are accessed through your domain can be accessed by anyone in the world 24 hours a day. That, by definition, is the web.
Hosting is a place where those files are stored. Those files need to be stored on a server that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Some people store servers in their homes. More than likely, if you are a beginner, you are not going to want to bother with the hurdle and high-priced cost of storing the server in your own. More than likely you are going to want to reach out to provider who will host those files for you.
Three hosting providers we like:
Domain Purchase: The domain that you purchase can be purchased at a registrar that is associated with the hosting company you’ve chosen. Then again, it may not. You can just as easily purchase a domain through any registrar and host the files through a provider that is not associated with that registrar. It truly is up to you. If you are just getting started, and you want to simplify this task, it probably makes more sense to purchase your domain and get your hosting all at the same place. The above hosting providers offer just this….
Cpanel: Cpanel is essentially a left click management console that allows you to actively manage the content on your server without any coding abilities. All three hosting providers mentioned above offers see panel. If you do not opt for a host that offers Cpanel, you are going to have to either hire out someone who knows how to upload files via FTP, or you’ll have to learn how to do this yourself. Since Cpanel costs are essentially next to nothing, it probably makes sense to simply go through the hosting provider who offers Cpanel if you are anywhere near the novice level.
Content Management Systems: At this point, if you have gone ahead and found a host, and then bought a domain, you’re now equipped to build a website. In order to build a website you need files that are stored on your host’s server that represent the content on your site. The most popular content management system built for laypeople in the world is an open-source platform known as WordPress. It is 100% free, and it is probably the best content management system around. Others include true Paul in Nintendo, then one could argue that each of those are better for specific types of projects (Drupal for any data management, the Magento for any large-scale e-commerce site), but when it comes to basic websites that are built around images, videos, and your everyday content, sites such as ours here at Klinkle, the fact is WordPress is probably as good a project starter as you’ll need.
WordPress themes: there are free WordPress themes, and there are premium WordPress themes. An example of a premium WordPress theme is the site that you are currently on. The difference between the two is negligible. Many free themes are just as good as some of the premium themes. Arguably, the reason people opt for premium themes is because they are, more often than not, a little more flexible than a little easier to navigate.
The best provider for premium WordPress themes is without a doubt — Themeforest.
Once you have a premium fee (or even a free theme), then you need to, through your see panel, upload WordPress.
Once you have uploaded WordPress you need to upload your theme. Your theme will essentially be converted by the WordPress files to user friendly content. From there you need to simply work through the process that is styling these files so that they suit your needs.
Content is king. You may have heard it before. You’ll certainly hear it again. Content is king, and until that changes, be prepared to fall in love with content creation.
Design is arguably one of the, if not the most over-stressed areas for web startups. Beginners believe design is everything. Experienced developers recognize that design (see Craigslist) isn’t all that important. Flexibility is far more important.
Regardless, something needs to get up and on your site in the way of design. here are some options.
Well on your way (or even if you’re just getting started) and not finding an answer to a question you have? Reach out to us. We’re always looking to help out small business owners.