What do you need to create a website? How do I build my own website?

How to build your own website?

Website design has evolved at an incredible pace over the years. Nowadays, you may not need any programming skills at all to create a website. However, there are several things to consider when starting to build a website. In this article, we will explain the whole process of creating a website, and at the same time what the customer might be paying for when a website company creates a website for their customer.

1. Web host or web server

Websites need a home from which they are visible to other web users. This home is like an engine that can send your website information to all customers who visit your website. The easiest solution is to buy a web hostingfrom a service provider. Webhotels are pre-optimised web servers where websites work without the need for the customer to think about difficult settings. For larger networks, separate servers may be used, which already require much more expertise and understanding.

Take a look for example at our Webhotel solutions!

2. Network address or domain

The Internet is built on IP addresses, and all communications are connected to each other based on IP addresses. They work like home addresses: everyone has their own address, and you can send and receive information to and from them. However, IP addresses are difficult to remember, so when browsing websites, domain names are used, for example tuonetti.fi. Based on this address, servers around the world know which IP address your computer should connect to. This way, the webpages are loaded web hostingor server for you to see.

Through us you can register Finnish .fi domains and the popular .com, .net and .org addresses.

3. Building a website

There is a huge variety of websites, ranging from small informative business cards to large online service packages. Depending on the needs of the customer, the right way to build a website should be chosen. It all starts with choosing a ready-made base, or building everything yourself from scratch. A really popular option nowadays is to build a website with WordPress. WordPress provides the basis for building websites, both large and small. You can read more about WordPress in our previous blog post.

Many web hosting offer ready-made templates for building different pages. You can get a fairly simple basic page just by typing your own information into the ready-made template. While these pages will work in an emergency, they are not highly recommended, as they may not be optimal to use. It is therefore very important to understand your needs and the purpose of your service in order to build a website that is tailored to your specific needs.

We will go into more detail about building a website in the future, but for now we'll just go through the basics, which will show you how much work building a website really is.

Website content, images and other material

It's worth thinking carefully about the content of your website beforehand. Try to think as if you were the customer coming to your homepage. Try to answer your customer's questions as quickly and clearly as possible. Link any pages that you do have in a logical way, and try to make your pages clear and easy to use. Internet users today are very lazy, and if they don't get an immediate answer to their question, they leave the site. Also try to follow a consistent colour theme in terms of images and page colours. A page with all the colours of the rainbow is hard to look at.

4. Search engine optimisation

Try to structure the texts on the page so that they are very clear and easy to read, grammatically correct and contain keywords that the customer might search for online. Use headings and subheadings so that the search engine robot understands what you are talking about. For example, Google favours authentic material and may even penalise you if you try to create confusing keyword phrases to improve your page's visibility. However, don't focus too much on making your text fully search-engine-optimised, but aim to serve the customer and give them as much useful and informative information as possible. Of course, it is important to add keywords to your pages, as well as main keywords to help the search engine robot identify what your page content is about. Also add captions to your images so that the search engine understands what the image is about.

Read our great search engine optimisation guide!

5. Fine-tuning and finishing the website

A huge amount of time can be spent filing and fine-tuning the pages, but usually the end result is much better. If you have built your pages in a logical and professional way, it is easy to add and improve various features at this point. Your website should work on all sizes of devices, which means it should be responsive. The website should also open in less than three seconds. You can read our earlier article on why, and how to do it.

Anyone can build a website

Building a basic website is easier than ever, with a huge range of easy-to-use tools. Web browsers have become more common and prices have fallen. As the construction of pages becomes easier, the quality requirements also increase. The workload is still huge and it takes time. So if you have time to build a website for your business, and you want to learn how to do it at the same time, you can find all the information you need online for free. Even we, as a company selling websites, offer really valuable information about building websites for free, just because we want to be transparent about the service we offer. However, to get a professional, search engine optimised, user-friendly and responsive website, you need to know a lot more than just the things we've covered in this article.

Written by Tuomas
Yrittäjä @ Tuonetti
Strong Finnish Internet Partner
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