Domain registration, website design and hosting
The domain name is the address of your website and a big part of your brand, so you definitely want to take some time to think of the right name.
You can register your domain at a number of different registrars these days. GoDaddy.com and host gator are the most popular
Domain Registration Tips
1. Use Three Words or Less
2. Don’t Use Numbers to Represent Words
First of all, when you’re verbally telling someone your site, you have to remember to tell them the number because most will assume it’s the actual word (2 = to, 4 = for, etc.)
For Example- 2 Create a website
If you absolutely have to use a number, try to also register the spelled out version of the number as well. Then you can redirect one name to the other in case people type in the wrong version.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Up a Word (Within Reason)
Keywords can also help describe your site. For example, Lisa Irby (full-time Webmaster,blogger and affiliate marketer) named her book and domain name Niche Website Success because as soon as people see the name, they will know exactly what the book/site is about.
7. Try to Get a .com Name
8. Register Common Extensions to Protect Your Name I always use .com names for my websites and since .net is the 2nd most popular extension, I usually register the .net (and sometimes .org) and forward the domains to my main site.
Doing so prevents copycatters from registering common extensions of your website name. Most domain registrars (including Website Palace) provide free domain forwarding. So if someone types in yourdomain.net, you can forward it to your .com site.
You want the visitor to see you as a knowledgeable information source and/or a reputable business. Poor grammar and spelling will immediately reduce your credibility. Remember that people use the internet to find information. Whether you are selling your own product or recommending someone else’s products, you must first provide valuable information to the visitor or they will click away and find a website that gives them what they what they want.
Cross Browser Compatibility
There are at least a hundred different browsers in use. You must design your website to work properly in the most widely used browsers. To do that you may not be able to use all of the really great special effects that are available because they may not be supported in most browsers.
Even though most web browsers are free, people do not necessary bother to upgrade to the latest versions. The average surfer may not know how to upgrade their browser or have the attitude, “If it works, don’t fix it.” Remember your visitor may have a PC, a MAC, a Linux box, a PDA or a cell phone and they all use different browsers.
Good web design requires your web pages to work in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Opera and Safari at a minimum. Validating your HTML code will help but the final test is to view your website in different browsers running on different platforms.
Graphics and Photos
Web surfers are impatient and studies show that most people will click away if a webpage takes longer than 10 seconds to load. Always optimize your photos and other graphic files to have as small a size as possible without sacrificing picture quality.
Always use the height and width attributes on the picture so the rest of the page can load while the graphic files is downloading. Use the ALT HTML tag so people with graphics turned off and those using hand held devices know what the picture is supposed to be.
If you use anything other than white behind text, be sure to specify link colors otherwise the user’s browser defaults will determine what color the links are which can make them unreadable.
Multimedia is composed of flash movies, video clips, audio clips and background music. Always use streaming media because it reduces download time. Make sure the visitor can stop and start multimedia files or in the case of flash introductions, skip them if they want. That way people with slow connections or devices that don’t support multimedia can ignore them.
Also, put any important information presented in multimedia in text as well so the visitor has access to that information without using multimedia. If a plug-in is needed to use the multimedia, always provide a link to it so the user can install it. Finally, always remember the 10-second rule for site loading when deciding to use multimedia.
Site navigation should be simple and intuitive. Studies have shown if a visitor cannot access the information they want within three clicks, they will leave the site. This is called the 3-click rule. Every area of your website should be reachable within three clicks from anywhere else on the site. If you use anything other than simple text links, make sure to test your navigation in all the major browsers.
Periodically test all site links to be certain that they are valid. Nothing chases a visitor off faster than broken links. There are several free online services that will periodically check your links.
Avoid using frames, since they make it difficult to bookmark individual pages on your web site and you want people to bookmark pages so they can come back.
Good Web design is a combination of common sense and good planning. Your site should be attractive and easy to use and most importantly provide the user with the information or services they want.
A web host is the company that ensures your site is up and running. They provide the space for you to create your pages and give you access to scripts like WordPress, Joomla and more. Once you’ve registered your domain name and sign up with a hosting account, you can begin building your site. If you’ve decided to use WordPress or some other CMS then setting up your site is just a matter of signing into your web hosting account and installing the desired CMS script and you can begin publishing your site instantly.
If you are going to build a static website then you’ll either need to buy software (Dreamweaver, Artisteer, etc.) or learn how to program from scratch (Notepad) and create your site. Then you upload it to the web through your hosting account. Dreamweaver and many other software programs actually have a built-in FTP (file transfer protocol) feature that allows you to publish your pages directly from the software. You’ll just have to login to your hosting account to create an FTP username and password first.
Choosing a Host