Basic Primer to Web Design

This tutorial teaches you how to design or make a website. It is intended for the beginner and the layperson, taking you step by step through the entire process from the beginning. There are very few assumptions about what you know (other than the fact that you know how to surf the Internet, since you are already reading this article on the internet).

The guide: step-by-step essentials to your own website

Get your Domain Name
The first thing you should do before anything else is buy yourself a domain name. A domain name is the name you want for your website. To obtain a domain name, you must pay an annual fee on a conservative right to use that name. Getting a name does not gets you a website or anything like that. It's just a name. Some recommended registrars include and

It may also be wise to take a look at some important precautions to take when buying a domain name, just so you can avoid making the same mistakes that some are coming in buying a domain name.

Choose a web host and sign up for an account
A web host is basically a company that has many computers connected to the Internet. When you place your web pages on their computers, everyone in the world can connect with him and watch. You need to register for an account with a web host so that your website has a home. If obtaining a domain name is similar to obtaining a trade name in the world of brick and mortar, obtaining a web hosting account is analogous to renting an office for your business.

Design your web pages
Once you have arranged your host domain name and Web, the next step is to design the website itself. In this article I will assume that you do yourself. If you hire a web designer to do it for you, you can probably skip this step, since the person will handle this step.

Although there are many considerations in web design, as a beginner, your first step is to actually get anything onto the web. Fine-tuning can come after you have figured out how to get a basic web page on your site. One way is to use a Web editor for printing, according to the display ("what you see is what you get") to do so. These editors allow you to design your site visually, without having to muck around with the technical details. They work just like any word processing software.

Several commercial and free web editors exist. For those who do not mind spending money on a good commercial web editor, Dreamweaver is the way to go.
If you prefer to use free software, try PageBreeze.

A key component of web design is search engine optimization. The search engine promotion does not start after the website is done. It begins at the stage of web design.

Testing your website
Although I list this step separately, this should be done throughout your web design cycle. I listed separately to give a little more prominence, since too few new webmasters actually perform this step adequately.

You should review your Web pages as you design in the main browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 6, the latest versions of Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome. Since all these browsers are free anyway, it should not be any difficulty to obtain and install them. The tour, however, examined more than one version of Internet Explorer since the later version as soon overlap. To do this, please see the article how to check your website with multiple browsers on a single machine (check compatibility Cross-Browser). Although there are two possible ways in the article, I suggest that you use the method of emulator / virtual machine to do this. (It is probably easier.)

One way to improve your chances that your website will work in future versions of Web browsers is to make sure the code of your pages to validate as correct (that is, the underlying code has no error). You can read more about this in the validation of HTML and CSS: If you validate your Web page? There are many free web page validators listed on the Free HTML Validators, Broken Link controllers, page controllers browser compatibility.

Collecting information by credit card, earning money
If you sell products or services, you'll need some way of collecting information through the credit card. You should familiarize yourself with how to accept credit cards through your website. I also have a step-by step on how to add an order form or a 'buy now' button using PayPal on a website for those using PayPal.

If you need advertisers for your website, you might want to read how to make money from your website and the follow-up article to increase your website income affiliate programs. A list of advertisers and affiliate programs can be found on affiliate programs: Free the sponsors and advertisers. These companies are on constant surveillance for new web publishers to show their ads.

Getting your location noted
When your site is ready, you should submit your site to search engines, especially Google. You can find the Google submission page by clicking on the link "About Google" on Google, and then placed "to submit your content will link to Google" page that appears. However, submitting your site to Google alone is, quite frankly, a pointless effort. If there is no other link to your site on the Web, Google will seem most reluctant to index your site and to deliver the results that include your pages. If there are many other links to your site, you do not even bother to submit it to Google - it will find your site by itself.

This is where the promotion of your website is important. This implies many things, including the usual way that people did things before the Internet: advertisements in newspapers, word-of-mouth, etc.. You may benefit by advertising on places like Google or Yahoo! (Which puts your ads on Yahoo, AltaVista and CNN), or Google.

Naturally, the aforementioned guide is not comprehensive. It is a distillation of some of the key stages in getting started with your site. However, the tutorial above should be enough to help you put your website on the Internet.

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