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What do I need to build my own website?

Thinking about designing a website? Whether this is a website for your company, a professional website, an e-commerce store, personal site or any other kind, it is important that you have everything that you need. Websites play a huge part in modern life, and there are millions of different ones on the world wide web. In order for you to design a high-quality, functional and valuable website that stands out from the crowd, you need to make sure that you have everything that you need and that you take your time with the design process. Here is everything that you will need to have:

High-quality computer hardware

In order to design a website, you will need to have a high-quality website that you feel comfortable working with. A lot of work goes into designing and maintaining a website, so you need to find suitable hardware that will cope with the software and programs needed to build a website from scratch. For ease of use, practicality and working on the go, a laptop would be the ideal choice. However, time should be taken to find a make and model that has suitable storage, durability and battery life to deal with the amount of work you’ll be doing. Considering well known, reliable brands such as Asus is good place to start, who offer a range of models at various prices. Using an online comparison tool can make your job even easier; choosist.com, for example, gives users all the information they need to make the right choice for them through the use of a unique algorithm.

Domain name

The domain name is the digital address that people use to get connected to your website. These are available from domain name providers, and it should be something that is easy to spell, relevant and memorable.

Website hosting service

The website hosting service is, essentially, where the website is stored on the internet. There are four types to consider:

  • Shared hosting
  • VPS hosting
  • Dedicated hosting
  • Free hosting

Website-building software

Coding is incredibly complex which is why website building software is so helpful especially for those with no experience in web design. These software systems often use a “drag and drop” type design process which can make it quick and easy to get the website looking how you want it to.

Website map

Before you start designing the website, it is a good idea to draw up your own website map which will outline how the site will look for visitors. This will include the different pages and what each section will be used for along with where you will put images.

High-quality photographs and graphics

Leading on from this, it is also important that you use high-quality photographs to add visual appeal to visitors. Nothing looks worse than low-quality, stretched photographs which means that you may also need photo editing software too.

Google Analytics

Finally, using Google Analytics for your website is a good idea because this will allow you to understand how the website is performing. No matter the type of website that you design, you will want to attract visitors, and it will have a particular purpose – Google Analytics will help you to understand visitor behavior so that you can make improvements if necessary.

These are the main elements that you will need to design a high-quality website no matter what the purpose of it is. Websites play a huge part in modern life, yet they can be complicated to get set up, particularly if you do not have much experience with web design. This information will help anyone to get a website up and running and hopefully allow you to create a stylish, functional and valuable website.

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