BASIC WEBSITE DESIGN
Building Web Pages using a Web-Hosting Service with WYSIWYG program
Creating your own website can be a rewarding experience. There are plenty of pros and cons to
doing it yourself verses hiring it out. If you are thinking about creating a website, “Five Things to
Consider Before You Start Your Website” is an article available at www.jillkemerer.com and will
help you make necessary decisions.
This guide provides the basics of designing a website. Before you get started, you should know
the colors, themes, and layout of your site. You should also know how often you’ll update it. A
leave alone site will have a different layout than one you update on a regular basis. By
determining these items in advance, you can be confident of creating a professional looking
website on your own.
If you pay attention to details, are good at keeping a schedule, and desire to have control over
your website, you’re a terrific candidate to do it yourself.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional website designer. I’m just like you and learned from trial
and error. This guide is not intended to be a definitive website design guide. Use at your own
risk. Also, most WYSIWYG programs have the same features, but some are more user-friendly
than others. I recommend Yahoo! Web-Hosting’s Sitebuilder only because I’ve designed two
sites with it and found it simple to use. Most major web-hosting services offer similar design
programs at identical prices. Use whichever you’re most comfortable with.
If you use a web-hosting service that doesn’t allow you to download the design program, check
with the provider to find out how your site appears while you’re designing it. Each change you
make may show up instantaneously. Obviously, you don’t want this! Choose your plan
carefully so that you can publish and make changes at your own leisure.
When you choose a web-hosting service, you will be asked to register your domain name. If
you’re using a major service such as Yahoo!, GoDaddy