This short summary is intended for beginners, to teach step by step the entire process of creating a website from scratch. It assumes that you are able to at least able to surf the Internet and have some basic knowledge on the Internet.
The first thing to get yourself started is to decide on a domain name. This is the name that people will type and recognize should they want to access your website. In order to get a domain name, there is a need to pay an annual fee so that you have the right to use that name.
This is just a name and it should be somehow relevant to your business, such as having your business name as the domain name. With the domain name, it does not automatically mean that you have a website for it is just a name, just like the name that you give to register your business.
Thereafter, you need to choose a web host and get an account to start having your website registered under the host. In simple terms, a web host is a company that a network of many computers connected to the Internet. Once your website is being hosted, everyone will then be able to access it.
To be hosted, you also need to create an account and be registered. Getting a web hosting account is similar to how you rent or buy your office space for your business. With the account ready, you will then need to connect your domain to that account. Subsequently, once this is settled, you can move on to the design phase to set up your website.
To be able to design a website on your own, you need to be equipped with several skills related to design and coding. There are simply too many considerations in web design, but as a beginner, your starting point is to get something out of the web first. Once that is done, you can do the fine-tuning later. You can do this on your own or engage commercial and free web editors.
If you have the budget to spend on a commercial program, a good choice is Dreamweaver. You may also need a search engine to be part of your website. Search engine should be installed at the design phase. With all the components completed, the next stage is to carry out testing.
Your web page should undergo testing using the major browsers such as Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox etc so that it is able to run smoothly when the user accesses the page using any of the browsers. This testing can be done free of charge.
For websites that involve selling products or services, you need to include some means of payment such as obtaining credit card information or through Paypal. The last step would be submission, to submit your website to Google. The search engine acts as a marketing tool to promote your website should someone enter a related search. Of course, you can also have other means of advertising such as in the newspapers, TV etc.
Hope this short summary is useful to help you create your very own website.