Website creation used to be a task left for the web developer – someone who knew html, javascript, server side coding and database development.   For complex websites with specific needs, this is still a necessary part of any modern business.   For more casual users, building a website has been made to be as easy as making a document in Microsoft Word.  This series of blog articles is meant to show brand new beginners how to do just that – get a website up and running with a custom domain name, email addresses – the whole she-bang.     We’ll take each needed part step-by step and by the end of this series you will have your very own site.   Enough of the small-talk – let’s dive in!

Step 1:  Figure out what it is that you are trying to say and who you are trying to say it to.  The answers to these questions are very important in every other step of this process.    If you just want a website to showcase your skills, then so be it.     Or maybe you want to teach people about the dangers of eating too much candy.  Whatever the reason is, it needs to be defined as does the audience.   When you’re ready, download this checklist and write in your answers to questions 1 and 2.  Don’t worry about the rest, we’ll have them soon enough (and you’ll understand what they mean!)

Next up:   Register your chosen domain name (don’t worry about what this is yet!)