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  • 1. Creating your own website
    It’s no easy task.
  • 2. First thing’s first: Can you afford it?
    $5.95 per month for a web host (a company that sells you space on their server – we will use Bluehost)
    x 24 months
    + extra security options
    =
    ~$150 … by next week
    You can do it for free, but …
  • 3. Advantages of owning a domain name
    Easy to remember website address
    No popups or banners
    Easier to get listed in search engines
    More control of the look and feel of your site
    Multiple branded email addresses
    Plenty of web space for site expansion
    No worries of being removed unexpectedly
    Looks more professional
    More flexibility for design and functionality
    Help is readily available
    www.2createawebsite.com
  • 4. Have the money?Don’t have the money?Either way it’s time to plan.
  • 5. Domain name
    Your url (uniform resource locator) should be the name of your site, or the other way around
    It should be meaningful and easy to remember, no weird spellings
    Generally, the shorter the better
    .com? .org? .net? .co.uk?
    12 rules for choosing the right domain name
  • 6. What’s your purpose?
    What’s the point of your website?
    Professional portfolio
    Niche topic
    Blog/forum
    Who is your audience?
    How often will you update them?
    Will you have a motto or a logo?
  • 7. What will your site to look like?
    Where do you want the navigation?
    What pages do you need?
    Contact me
    My videos
    What belongs on the homepage?
    Keep a hierarchy in mind. Most important things should be higher, bigger, bolder.
    Chose a color scheme with a purpose
    Colors have meanings.
    ColourLovers
    Kuler
  • 8. Clean and professional
    This is bad
    This is worse
    I’m going blind
    Eliminate all unnecessary elements.
    Don’t use long blocks of text. Make the text you do use easy to read.
    Dividing your site into sections can help make it cleaner.
    Don’t forget – users don’t read, they scan.
  • 9. Ready to join the web?
    We will be using WordPress, a popular, free software used to create websites or blogs.
    Search for free WordPress templates.
  • 10. And that’s all …for now.
    This PowerPoint presentation can be reproduced as long as credit is given to Karen McIntyre.