If you’ve ever fancied learning how to make your own website or blog, then you’re in the right place! I’m putting together a series of easy to follow web design tutorials that will show you step by step how to choose a domain name, arrange hosting, install WordPress and design a website or blog that not only looks great but will also rank well in the search results. Ready? Let’s get started!
So the first things first, If you’re already bought a domain name and hosting then you can skip straight to the section on “choosing a web design package”. If you are wanting to know how to SEO then go to the SEO Tutorials section.
If the above didn’t make much sense to you then stay on this page and read on.
I’ll try to make this as simple as I can. If there’s anything you’re unsure about then please comment and I’ll try to explain further. You can connect with me on Facebook too.
Do I need an Ecommerce Website?
When you design any website you first need to decide what you want your website to do. To put it into it’s most basic form there are two distinct types of websites:
An ecommerce website – People can buy things and pay for them online
A non ecommerce website – People can’t buy things online.
So for instance, if you have a plumbing business and you want to advertise your services in your local area then you don’t need an ecommerce website. If however you want to sell taps online to the whole country or even worldwide then you do need an ecommerce website.
To complicate matters a little, it is worth pointing out that a non ecommerce website is still capable of processing transactions. Let me explain.
Let’s take the plumbing website again, if you were a plumber wanting to serve a local area you may for arguments sake offer an annual boiler service. You could advertise that service on one of your webpages and even let people book and pay online even on a non ecommerce website.
So a better way to look at it would be this. if your website exists purely to sell goods then perhaps an ecommerce website is the way to go. If however your website is to promote a business, an organisation a hobby or anything else where you may need to take the occasional payment online then a non ecommerce website is what you perhaps need.
I know the above may have been a little confusing so I’ll give you some real life examples
bbc.co.uk – non ecommerce
amazon.com – ecommerce
Ok, let’s move on.
These tutorials will focus a non ecommerce website but we will cover ecommerce and taking deposits or payments later on.
Things to Know Before You Build A Website
Let’s begin with the basics, The following lessons are brief beginners guides covering domain names, hosting and software. If you’re a total beginner at web design then I highly recommend that you read the lessons below before continuing. Once you’ve done that, you can then click on the Website & SEO link on the top menu bar where I will post regular updates and tutorials enabling you to build your own WordPress website or blog.