Do you have a small business or idea that you would like to get on the web? This article will explain the basic steps to get your business or idea on the web.
There are many free ways to get an online presence, but the best way is by having your own, unique, website. There are a few things you will need to get this website online but they are not very complicated or expensive.
The next thing you will need is web hosting. This is a service that lets you have a place to upload files and display them to the world when someone goes to your website. Web hosting is another service that can usually be bought on the web for between $5 and $15 a month.
Once you have your domain name and web hosting set up, the real work begins. You will need to design a website. There are any number of tools you can use to create a website, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage, Notepad, or another similar program. Designing a website requires, at least, some knowledge of HTML (or XHTML). HTML and XHTML are static scripting languages that you used to tell your web browser how to show your information. There are other languages you can use to create websites such as PHP, ASP, and ColdFusion. These languages are more complicated and are used to create dynamic sites and interface with databases.
Designing a website can be a daunting task. There is always the option of having a design company create your website for you but that can cost quite a pretty penny. Another option is to install a pre-made website script that you can administer from a simple administration. Some of these scripts include Mambo, PHP website, e107, and many more. A script like this, usually, still requires some knowledge of HTML and/or web design because they are highly configurable and require a bit of tweaking to make it look the way you want.
It may sound complicated to start a website but it really isn’t. All you need to do is take a bit of time to read some tutorials and examples, that are freely available on the web. You can learn the basics in no time completely free of charge.