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The idea of building a website yourself can be daunting, if you’ve never done anything like it before.  Where do you get your domain name?  How do you check if the domain you want is even available?  What is hosting, and how do you get it?  The list goes on and on.

Although you always have the option of paying a web designer/developer to build the site for you, some startups and individuals find those costs prohibitive.  Rather than sending you to my Request a Quote page, I’m going to teach you the basics of building your own website.

The Building Blocks of a Website

Let’s start by going over the list of requirements you’ll need to build a website:

  1. How and where do you get a domain name?
  2. What extras do you need with your domain name purchase?
  3. Should you use a free or a paid template?
  4. How do you set up email with your domain name?
  5. What is hosting, and which hosting provider should you choose?
  6. How do I use SEO to get my site noticed?

Over the course of the next two weeks, I’ll be going into detail on each one of these points, so that even a beginner can get this stuff done.  Yes, it’s a lot of work to make all of these pieces work together, but there should be well-written documentation showing exactly how to do each one of these steps, and that’s what I’m setting out to do.

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