News article posted on: 05-11-2019
How To Build A Website In 5 Simple Steps
The internet presents a near-infinite world of possibility. In a matter of hours, you can set up a website, customize the design and attract customers from around the globe. With the challenge set, keep reading to find out how you can build a website in five easy steps with Versio.
STEP 1: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR WEBSITE?
The most critical question you need to ask yourself when building a website is: what do you want to achieve? Although it's easier than ever to start a webshop or personal website, it's also easier than ever for everyone else. To stand out, you need to have a strong identity, and a website that speaks to the customers or visitors you are trying to attract.
Is your website going to act purely as a business card? Do you have a product you want to sell or experiences to talk about using blogs and informative articles? It’s essential to identify the driving force behind your site, before sitting down to create one.
STEP 2: PICKING THE ‘BEST’ SOFTWARE (CMS)
Deciding on the ‘best’ content management software (CMS) for your website comes down to what we discussed in step one—what do you want your website to achieve? You want to pick a CMS that can support your end goal, not just the early stages of your website. It is also incredibly useful to choose a hosting provider that has built-in plugins and software support. Versio uses Softaculous to give users more than 40 scripts and applications that can be installed in just a few clicks.
STEP 3: CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (CMS)
The software you choose to build a website will form the foundations of your venture, so it's essential to pick an option that matches your level of technical expertise. For complete beginners, total website builders like Versio Sitebuilder are an excellent choice. It’s possible to build a professional website no matter your level of experience, and even easier to make changes as your site evolves.
If you want a chance to customise HTML or PHP script, but don’t want to get bogged down in pages of code, WordPress or Joomla present the perfect middle ground. Building a website from scratch is still relatively simple, but as you learn more about the intricacies of SEO and website management, there is the option to tweak and adjust a greater selection of backend settings.
That brings us to the most technical end of the spectrum with software such as Magento, or Drupal. Both allow the functionality of the options listed above, but users can fine-tune virtually every aspect of their website. If you plan on building a webshop empire, the capability of Magento is second to none.
STEP 4: WEBSITE TEMPLATE AND STRUCTURE
You’ve decided on a CMS, and have started installing the plugins you need to get your website off the ground. There’s only one small problem; you need to design webpages for people to visit! Before you can start filling your site with bespoke images and text, you need to plan its structure.
Not only will this save you time now, but it will prevent you from having to add or remove pages as your website expands. Plan out the basic structure (homepage, product pages, about me, etc.) before picking a CMS template that matches your chosen theme or style.
STEP 5: EFFECTIVE COPYWRITING IS CRUCIAL
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but without effective copywriting, you’ll struggle to attract visitors or rank favourable in Google. Written text should be short, concise and attract the attention of visitors by using a style and tone reminiscent of their own. Always triple check your work for errors, or even better, ask friends and family to help proofread your written content.
Building a website really is that simple. Just remember to pick a hosting provider that has the tools you need to realise your dream website.