How to create a website from scratch

How to create a website for free? What is a “domain” and “hosting” and why are they needed? What is “HTML-site”, “CMS-system” and “site builder”?

If you are close to the above questions, please get comfortable, and we will try to answer them in detail in this manual. We understand the importance of all, having learned to create modern and functional websites, you can build an Internet representation not only for yourself or your company, but also to offer similar services to other interested people. Today it is one of the most promising and stable types of Internet earnings.

Content

  • What is the beginning of any site?
    2. What tasks can be solved using the site?
    3. Technical aspects of site creation
    1. Site builders
    a. Site creation example
    b. Create a business card site
    c. Create an online store
    d. Create Landing Page
    e. Rating site designers
    2. CMS systems
    3. Independent creation of a site from scratch
    a. Create HTML site
    b. Key stages of creating a website
    – Creating a site layout
    – Website layout
    – Creating a site using PHP
    4. Create from scratch or site builder?
    5. Useful programs for beginners webmasters
    4. Publication of the created site on the Internet
    1. What is a “domain”
    2. How to choose a domain for the site
    3. What is “hosting”
    4. How to choose a hosting server
    5. Placing the finished site on the server
    5. Answers to common questions
    6. Conclusion

1. What is the beginning of any site?

Any site, and ideally, the very idea of creating a site should begin with a clear understanding of the purpose of creating and further developing a new Internet resource.

For what purpose can a site be created?

In fact, all the goals of creating a new site can be divided into two main categories:

  • commercial;
  • non-profit.

It must be admitted that in most cases Internet resources are created for commercial purposes. Let’s look at specific examples of such goals so that everything becomes clear.

So, the commercial purpose of creating a site can be:

  • sale of goods and services;
  • personal or political public relations;
  • transfer of valuable information to the target audience for the purpose of subsequent profit;
  • creating a positive image for a commercial company;
  • creating websites for clients.

As for the non-commercial purposes of creating a website, among them are the creation of Internet resources for charitable organizations, as well as the creation of Internet sites designed to communicate and exchange a variety of content and information between certain groups of users.

Determination of the challenges facing the site to be created

First of all, it should be noted that any competently created website is capable of solving the widest range of tasks. For example:

  • formation of a stream of target visitors for your business;
  • organization of effective processing of applications received from potential customers;
  • increasing the awareness of the company or the personal brand of the site creator;
  • building trust from potential customers;
  • the provision of relevant information in the most popular formats, such as text, images, as well as video and audio materials;
  • providing site visitors with the opportunity to download the file of interest, for example, the price list or presentation of the product offered
    automation of your business;
  • and many many others.

Do you already know what tasks your website will solve? This is really important, because only on the basis of the tasks that have been set, you can choose the type of site that is best suited for creating your Internet resource.

Technical aspects of site creation

The technical aspects of creating your own website largely depend on the right choice of the necessary tools. First of all, it should be understood that today there are three main ways to create a website on your own:

  • using site builders;
  • using CMS-systems;
  • by self-writing the source code of the site.

Let’s look at each of these methods in more detail. To begin with, which, in our opinion, is best for beginners.

Site builders

We are convinced that if you have limited time or desire to understand, then the best way would be to create a site in the constructor. We chose the most effective and easy to use, that to create a website does not require any knowledge in the field of layout, programming and web design.

So, the site builder is a specialized online service that includes ready-made graphic design options for the created sites, as well as having a convenient and intuitive user interface. Ideally, a modern website designer should allow anyone to create their own Internet resource without the need to gain knowledge in the field of web programming and design.

The most popular site builders

  • Wix is one of the most popular website constructor that allows you to quickly and easily create Internet resources of really high quality. On our site you will find a detailed overview of this designer, as well as a step-by-step guide of working with it. Recommended!
  • UKit is a designer who allows you to create modern websites and then successfully engage in their SEO promotion. It has an easy-to-use and intuitive user interface, and also includes an advanced analytics system. Especially for readers of our site, we have prepared a step-by-step guide for working with this designer.
  • Nethouse is a designer that is perfect for creating business websites, portfolio sites, online stores. It is quite simple in the initial development and further use. We have prepared a detailed review and a step-by-step guide.
  • UMI is another easy to learn and use site builder. Read our detailed review and step-by-step tutorial on how to work with it.

In addition, especially for readers of our site, we have compiled a ranking of the best site designers. Be sure to pay attention to it to analyze all possible options!

A simple example of creating a site

Let’s briefly go through the steps of creating a site in the Wix designer. It is perfect for business people who do not want to dive into the subtleties of creating websites and save them from the need to make their first resource on the “bare” HTML or to deal with the features of the CMS.

The process itself consists of several clear and simple steps, which are just below!

The first step is to register in the site and login the account.
We are going through a simple registration procedure by filling out these forms or simply logging in to one of the most popular social networks.

Step two – choose a basic design template for the future site.
The designer provides users with a collection of over 500 unique free templates! There is no such choice anywhere!

Your task will be to choose the most appropriate template for the functionality and visual design, after which you can begin to set it up and fill it.

Step three – design and personalize the site.

First of all, you need to give the created resource a unique name. It is worth noting that, if necessary, the site name assigned in this step can be changed at any time.
By default, you get a third-level domain (type your login.wix.com/your site), but you can easily connect your 2nd level domain.

Visual editor with the simplicity of MS PowerPoint allows you to change any element of the created site, and also add or remove a wide variety of blocks and modules without any problems.

In particular, you can:

  • Add the necessary pages to the site and fill them with content.
  • Photo galleries and videos.
  • Various functional elements, such as forms, buttons and menus.
  • Social network buttons.
  • Functional for blogging company.
  • Implement a full-fledged online store.
  • Activate SEO tools to promote the site being created.
  • Add a colorful favicon.
  • A variety of counters and metrics to track important parameters and characteristics of the site.
  • And many more and many different modules for different purposes.

Step four – final touches and launch.

  • Browse the mobile version, make sure everything suits you.
  • Confirm previously entered contact details.
  • Be sure to make a “Preview” before launching the site.
  • Finally, click the “Publish” button so that the site you have created becomes part of the world wide web and is accessible to all users

Of course, website creation is a creative process and most likely you will constantly return to it and introduce new features and features. The designer gives you the opportunity to concentrate on the most important and enjoy the process of creation.

As a result, you get a high-quality website with a convenient mobile version and no technical knowledge at all. If you have any questions about the designer, then you can find the answer to them in our detailed step-by-step instructions.

CMS systems

The term CMS is derived from the English expression Content Management System and is used to refer to so-called “content management systems” (site). The same systems are often called “engines” for sites. To date, any CMS-system allows you to manage all site content using a simple and intuitive interface.

It is quite natural that the choice of a CMS system depends on the purpose of creating a specific site. Each engine for the site has its own characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. In addition, it should be borne in mind that all CMS-systems are divided into two large groups: free and paid engines.

Top Free CMS Systems

  • WordPress is great for creating blogs, business websites, corporate sites. By the way, the site that you are reading now works on the basis of this particular CMS. And we have already published a guide on how to create a WordPress site.
  • Joomla is another multifunctional CMS system that allows you to create a simple business site or a corporate site, as well as a full-fledged online store. Be sure to read our guide on how to create a Joomla site.
  • InstantCms – first of all, this engine is designed to create social networks, city portals, as well as dating sites and online clubs;
  • Drupal is another popular CMS system, which is great for creating corporate sites, business sites, as well as portfolio sites, social networks and online stores;
  • OpenCart – this CMS-system is designed primarily for creating online stores. However, it should be borne in mind that it is easy to use, but it is quite complex in terms of development. As practice shows, to develop a full-fledged online store based on this engine requires the involvement of an experienced PHP programmer.
  • phpBB is a great CMS system for creating forums.

Top paid CMS-systems

  • Bitrix 24 is ​​a powerful and multifunctional site management system. It allows you to create and maintain Internet resources of almost any type. The key features include the ease of managing the created site, high performance, as well as extensive mobile administration capabilities.
  • UMI.CMS is another worthy representative of paid CMS-systems. The motto of its developers is “convenience for people”. Especially for this engine was created 500 unique templates that are suitable for almost any site and at the same time provide an opportunity to refine for each specific project. A 2500 developers will be happy to assist you in creating a site based on UMI.CMS and its “sharpening” just for your purposes.
  • osCommerce is a paid CMS-system designed to create modern online stores and has the richest functionality.

Independent website creation

Especially for those who want to learn how to write the source code of the site being created independently, we have prepared step-by-step instructions for creating a simple HTML site. Go!

Attention! If you are an absolute beginner or just do not want to dive into working with code and other technical issues, you can safely go to the section “Create a website from scratch or on the site builder?”

Create HTML site

As a first example, we will create a simple HTML site that will consist of just one page. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) – hypertext markup language is a universal language for describing web pages. Its task is to tell the browser what and how to display when the page is loaded in the user’s browser. Each of its tags describes a page fragment.

The following is the source code for the simplest HTML page:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">
<html>
<head>
  <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
  <title>My first html website</title>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" type="text/css" />
</head>
<body>
    <!-- website main block -->
    <div id="basic">
     <!-- Header -->
    <div id="head-site">
    <a href="/"><img src="images/logo.png" alt="Coffee house" title="Coffee house" /></a>
    <img src="images/telefon.png" alt="+1 (3537) 25-60-60" title="+1 (3537) 25-60-60" class="telephone" />
</div>
<!-- Top navigation menu -->
<div id="top-menu">
<div class="bg-1">
<ul>
<li><a href="#">About us</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Assortment</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Reviews</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Book a table</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Our clients</a></li>
<li class="none-bg"><a href="#">Contacts</a></li>
</ul>
</div>
<div class="bg-2"></div>
</div>
<!-- Left menu and content -->
<div id="content">
 
<!-- Content - right block -->
<div class="right">
<h1>Coffee Americano</h1>
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</p>

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<img src="/images/img1.png" alt="" title="" style="margin-right:40px;" />
<img src="/images/img2.png" alt="" title="" style="margin-right:40px;" />
<img src="/images/img3.png" alt="" title="" />

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</div>
 
<!-- Left menu - left block -->
<div class="left">
<div id="left-menu">
<div class="block-nad-menu"></div>
<div class="block-menu">
<ul>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Iris</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Americano</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Glyase</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Dippio</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Capuchino</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Con Panna</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Coretto</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Coffee Latte</a></li>
<li class="none-bg"><a href="#">Coffee Lungo</a></li>
</ul>
</div>
<div class="block-pod-menu"></div>
</div>
 
</div>
 <div class="myclr"></div>

<!-- Footer -->
<div id="podval">
<div class="yellow"></div>
<div class="p1">Coffee House 2019.<br/>
45 Pine street, Texas 13564</div>
<div class="p3"><img src="/images/stat.png" alt="" title="" /></div>
<div class="p2">All rights reserved.</div>

</div>
<div class="myclr"></div>
</div>

    </div>

</body>
</html>

Copy this code into a new text file and save it on your computer. Specify the name of the saved file index.html. Then open this file in any browser and look at the result.

Please note that by default, any web server is trying to give the browser exactly the page called index.html. Therefore, in 99% of cases, the source code of the main page of the site is stored in a file under this name and this is considered good form.

You can download the full version of this simplest HTML site as an archive. After unpacking the archive, run html / index.html.

Key stages of creating a website

Independent creation of a site from scratch consists of three main stages:

  • Creating a site layout. It is at this stage that a clear visual representation of what the created Internet resource will look like appears. Most commonly used are Adobe Photoshop or other raster editors.
  • Website layout. At this stage, they proceed to the layout of the site from the .psd layout, mobile adaptation and testing for correct display in various browsers.
  • PHP implementation. At this stage, the site turns from static to dynamic.

Let’s deal with all these stages in more detail.

Creating a site layout

Most often, the layout (in this case, this word is understood as visual design) of the site is created in programs that are commonly called graphic editors. The most popular are Adobe Photoshop and CorelDRAW. We recommend using Photoshop, as it is a little easier to learn and at the same time it has rich features. In addition, it is used by all web designers.

Create a new document in Adobe Photoshop. We give it a name – MySite.

Choose a resolution of 1000 by 1000 pixels. It guarantees the correct display to any user, the vertical size can be increased in the future.

Choose a resolution of 72 pixels per inch and RGB color. These settings are required, as they are responsible for the correct display of the web page.

Then set the background color of the F7F7C5 in hexadecimal format or select it using the color picker.

After that, select the menu item “View” – “Guides” and activate the display of rulers and guides.

In the menu item “View” – “Binding to” it is necessary to check that the binding to guides and document boundaries is enabled.

Using the “Text” tool, enter the text name of the future site, the slogan below it, as well as the contact phone number on the upper right of the layout.

To the left of the logo and to the right of the contact phone number we draw guides, which will allow us to mark the frames to the width of the site.

Then, using the Forms tool, create a rectangle with rounded edges (radius – 8 points) and use it to designate the space for the image that will be located in the header of the site.

Now it’s time to insert the image into the header of the site.

Using the Text tool and the Georgia font included in the standard Windows operating system, we create the navigation menu and the header of the main page of the site.

Then, using the Type tool and the Arial font, add the text of the main page. In this case, it is best to use block text for further work with it.

For the title in the text we use black font. For the navigation menu – white.

Moving the right border of the main text block, insert the image into the page text (to the right of the text).

Using the tool “Forms” – “Direct”, draw the final line under the text of the page.

With the help of the Text tool (Arial font) we place a copyright in the basement of the page (under the line).

We cut the image fragments necessary for the site layout with the help of the Laying tool (we selected the main picture in the header and the picture in the page text).

As a result of the work done, we have created a full-fledged site layout.

In order to save and use the results of the work done in the form of images for the subsequent layout of the site, go to the “File” menu and select “Save for the Web.” Then adjust the quality of the output images and save them.

As a result, we get a lot of graphic fragments for our future template. A folder with images will appear in the folder where the template itself was saved. Select the necessary and rename.

The page layout has been created, the necessary fragments have been received, you can go to the layout.

However, it is worth noting that for the fastest possible start you can use ready-made templates, and not create them yourself.

Website layout

First of all, you need to create a new text file and save it under the name index.html.

The first line of this file should look like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>

It will tell the browser exactly how to handle the content of the page. The following is a set of tags:
<html><head> «Document title</head><body> «Body» of the document</body></html>

A pair of tags <html> … </ html> says that contains HTML-code inside.

Inside <head> … </ head> there are tags that are not displayed in the user’s browser window. Typically, they begin with the word meta, and are called meta tags, but the <title> … </ title> tag is displayed as the title of the browser window and analyzed by search engines.

Next is a pair of tags <body> … </ body>, which encloses the contents of the page. This part, which is often referred to as the page body, is displayed in the user’s browser.

It is also important to understand that there are several ways to organize content. The most popular of them are organization using blocks (<div> … </ div>) and in the form of tables (<table> … </ table>).

As for the format of displaying elements, it can be set either directly, using the corresponding tags, or using CSS style sheets. In this case, it is the second method that is most preferable, since it allows you to reapply component styles. The style sheet is set either in the inside of the <head> tag or in a separate file (most often this file is named style.css), the link to which is also located inside the <head>.

The underlying documents that describe all the components of a language used in the creation of sites are specifications.

Creating a site using PHP

On the HTML page created in the previous example, everything is predefined and will not change when accessed by users. Such pages are called static, to create them tools provided by the hypertext language HTML is quite enough.

If the information provided to site users changes depending on any factors or requests, they say that the web page contains dynamic content (is dynamic).

To create these pages, you must use web programming languages. Among them, PHP, Python, and Ruby on Rails are most widely used for Unix systems, and for Windows, dynamic content development using .NET tools is typical.

This all concerns the server side, and for programming on the client side, JavaScript is most often used.

PHP is the most popular web programming language for creating dynamic web pages. The main difference between a dynamic web page and a static web page is that it is generated on the server, and the finished result is transmitted to the user’s browser.

In this article, we will not delve into the jungle of PHP programming and for clarity, we restrict ourselves to simple insertions of code fragments.

The essence of these actions is that we place the header and footer of the site into separate files: header.php and footer.php, respectively. And then on pages with textual content we insert them into the site layout using PHP. You can do this using the code below:
<?php include('templates/header.php'); // Include site header ?>
...
<?php include('templates/footer.php'); // Include site footer ?>

In order for any PHP script to succeed, it must be processed by the language interpreter. Such an interpreter is necessarily present on all web servers and allows you to process PHP code.

To debug web applications and implement a full-fledged web server on computers running the Windows operating system, a free Denwer package was created. It includes the Apache web server, interpreters of web programming languages such as PHP and Perl, the MySQL database, as well as email tools.

Installing the Denwer application package does not require any serious effort. Run the installation file, we fulfill all its requirements. Select the letter of the virtual disk for quick access to the web server, create shortcuts. That’s all! Denwer is ready to go!

Create a site from scratch or on the site builder?

The key difference between creating from scratch (whether with the help of CMS systems or source code) and website builder is that creating a website from scratch implies the ability to not only create a website that meets your needs, but also to manage all the features that you yourself laid.

In turn, the creation of an Internet resource using one or another, website designer will not require you to have special technical skills. Any of the above designers allows you to create a full-fledged site in just a few hours. However, the choice of the designer must be taken very carefully. The choice is yours!

In the table below we have tried to summarize the key advantages and disadvantages of the site from scratch VS site builder:

Comparative characteristics Sites created using the constructor Sites created independently from scratch
Ease of creation Simple Complex
Creation speed Very quick long
The ability to edit the source code No Yes
Possibility to promote in search engines Possible nuances Full freedom
Flexibility in customizing design and functionality Restricted Full freedom
The ability to transfer to another hosting Almost none Yes

What is the best way to create a website?

In fact, there is no unequivocal answer to this question. It all depends on your goals and objectives. Maybe you want to explore the most popular CMS-systems? Or maybe learn to independently form the source code of the site being created? Nothing is impossible!

But if you want to create a modern and really high-quality website in an extremely short period of time, we recommend using site designers!

Useful programs for beginners webmasters

We will list several useful programs that will greatly facilitate and speed up the process of self-creation of the site:

Notepad ++ is a text editor that allows you to create and edit the source code of the created site. Excellent replacement for the program “Notepad”, which is part of the Windows operating system.

Adobe Dreamweaver is a powerful and feature-rich website creation program. In addition, it includes the ability to preview the resource being created.

NetBeans is an application development environment that allows you to work effectively with markup and web programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.

Publish the created site on the Internet

Suppose you have already created your first website, but what needs to be done so that anyone on the World Wide Web can access it?

What is a “domain” and why is it needed?

Domain is the name of the site. In addition, the term “domain” is often understood as the address of your website on the Internet.

An excellent example of a domain can be the name of the site where you are now located – bimpra.us.

As can be seen from the above example, the domain name of the site consists of two parts:

  • the site name itself — in our case, bimpra;
  • selected domain zone. In our case, the domain zone “.us” was chosen. The domain zone is indicated in the address of the site after its name.

It is also worth noting that there are domains of different levels. To understand this is very simple – just look at the number of dotted parts of the site address. For example:

bimpra.us – second level domain;
forum.bimpra.us is a third level domain (also known as a subdomain).

Domain zones can be different. Most often, the choice of domain zone depends on the country or destination of each specific site.

The most commonly used domain zones are:

.biz – often a domain zone is used for business sites;
.com – this domain zone is most often used for commercial and corporate sites;
.info – informational sites are often located in this domain zone;
.net is another popular domain zone suitable for Internet-related projects;

If the majority of the target audience is in US, we recommend registering a domain in the “.us” zone.

How to choose a domain

When choosing a domain for your own site, we recommend that you follow the following principles:

  • originality and ease of memorization;
  • maximum length – 12 characters;
  • ease of typing in Latin;
  • the absence of a dash in the domain name (preferably, but not necessarily).
  • Clean domain history and the absence of any sanctions on it from the search engines. This can be verified using the whois history service.

Where can I buy a domain?

We recommend using the services of a reliable and time-tested domain name registrar – evitahost. We use it.

In addition, the site of this registrar allows you to pick up a name (domain) for your site directly online. It is pretty simple.

To do this, simply enter the desired domain name in the appropriate field and click the “Search” button.

What is “hosting”

In order for the site you created to be available to all users of the World Wide Web, in addition to the domain, your Internet resource will also need hosting.
The term “hosting” refers to the service for placing your website on the Internet. The provision of such services is engaged in a large number of companies, which are called “hosters”.

You must clearly understand that all sites that are available on the World Wide Web are located somewhere. More specifically, they (their files) are located on the hard drives of servers (powerful computers) that are at the disposal of hosting companies.

Since virtually any site consists of different types of files (databases, texts, pictures, videos), they are accessed from different computers by processing a request addressed to a site that resides on the server of the hosting company.

The cost of hosting can vary greatly depending on how large and visited the site you create. The good news is that most sites do not require a truly expensive hosting.

How to choose a hosting

When choosing a hosting server for your site, we recommend that you follow the following criteria:

  • Stable work. Your chosen hosting should work stably 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Otherwise, you will incur reputational losses in the eyes of visitors, as well as lose trust on the part of search engines. In this regard, it is worth paying special attention to such a parameter as uptime of hosting. Uptime is the time during which the site works in a regular mode and visitors can open it in their browser without any problems. It should be as close as possible to 100%. In turn, the response time of the site demonstrates how quickly your site responds to the request from the user’s browser. The shorter the response time, the better.
  • Simplicity and convenience of the user interface. When you enter your personal account, the entire control panel should be not only accessible, but also intuitive. In particular, you should see the current balance, as well as have quick access to all the basic functions of hosting.
  • Professional support service. Fast, qualified and speaking in your native language technical support is very important in case of various failures in the work of the site and the need to promptly eliminate them.
  • Cost of services. This aspect is important both for beginner webmasters who have a limited budget at their disposal, and for owners of large-scale Internet projects requiring the use of really expensive hosting.

Placing the finished site on the server

Suppose you have already created a site, bought a domain and hosting. What to do next?

Now you need to place all the files of our site on the server of your hosting provider. There are several ways to do this. Let’s talk about them.

  • Uploading the contents of your site via HTTP protocol using the hosting control panel.
  • By FTP using a so-called FTP client.

It is the second method that is the fastest. For this task, we recommend one of the best free FTP clients – FileZilla.

After establishing a connection with the FTP server of the hosting provider of your choice (usually after the hosting payment has been paid, the provider transmits the IP address, login and password), the available disk space will be displayed as a logical device (as well as ordinary hard disks of the computer) programs. After that, start the copying process and wait for it to finish.

Thus, your site will be published on the Internet and will be available to all users of the World Wide Web. At this stage, it will be possible to type in the address bar of the browser its domain name and enjoy the result of the work done.

Answers to common questions

  1. How  the future webmaster (website creator) should start learning?

We recommend that you start learning site building in the following order:

  • HTML basics;
  • CSS basics;
  • PHP basics.

With regard to further education and development, to create one-page sites it will be useful to master such a program as Abobe Muse. If you want to create multi-functional websites to order, be sure to take the time to master CMS WordPress, because it is now that it is the most popular and common.

2. How to find and select experts to create a site

You need a website, but you don’t want to create it yourself? Then you will need to find really good and competent specialists. Let’s figure out how to do it.

There are several criteria that you should rely on when choosing specialists to create a website. The main ones:

  • Availability of a portfolio of successfully completed projects. If the chosen performer or team of performers does not have a portfolio, this raises questions.
  • The ability to explain complex things in simple language. If you are “loaded” with complex terms from the very beginning of communication and do not give them any clear explanations, it is better to find another artist.
  • It is desirable that the artist own site. Remember the expression “shoemaker without shoes”? Often this analogy is true, but there are exceptions.
  • Positive feedback from real customers. Great, if you can communicate with customers by asking their contacts from the performer.
  • As practice shows, you can always find professionals who are ready to create a website for you on freelance exchanges. Here are just some of them:
  • weblancer.net;
  • work-zilla.com.

3. Where can I get professional training to create websites?

At the moment, this is taught in specialized courses. At the same time, it is important to understand that several diverse specialists always participate in the process of professional website creation:

  • designer;
  • coder;
  • programmer;
  • manager.

In this regard, it is necessary to understand that specialized courses allow you to master a particular profession and close a certain scope of work associated with the creation of the site.

4. Can I learn the basics of site building for free?

Yes you can. Today, there are a large number of high-quality and absolutely free video courses related to the site building theme.

5. Can I create my own website by myself?

Sure you may! To this end, it is best to use the site designers, since they are great for beginners and at the same time provide really extensive opportunities.

6. Is it possible to create a full-fledged website absolutely free?

No you can not. Even if you will develop everything yourself (from scratch or on a CMS), you still need to buy hosting and domain. It costs not much money, but still money.

If you take site designers, then you can create and test a website for free, but you cannot link your own domain name to a created resource for free.

The option with free subdomains, which is often used by site builders, or free hosting should not be considered as full.

Therefore, investments, even if they are minimal, will be required. But do not be upset – it costs usually as a couple of cups of coffee a month.

7. Is it possible to make money by creating websites?

Sure you may! If you become a qualified specialist and create websites for other people, you can definitely make money on it.
As for the potential level of income earned, it will depend on several factors at once. Among them are the following:

  • your experience;
  • solvency of your clients;
  • ability to negotiate with potential customers and sell them their services;
  • niche in which you will work;
  • the type of site being created.

Yes, different types of sites (their creation) are different. If we talk about the average prices on the market, at the moment they are as follows:

  • creation of a business site – from $ 100;
  • creation of a corporate website – from $ 500;
  • creating an online store – from $ 1000;
  • creating a news site – from $ 700;
  • creation of an informational SEO site – from $ 300;
  • creation of an Internet portal – from $ 3000;
  • creation of a one-page website – from $ 400;
  • blog creation – from $ 50;
  • Forum creation – from $ 300.

In addition, do not forget that you can successfully monetize your own website. We have devoted two interesting articles to this question at once. The first one talks about how to promote the site independently, and the second is about how to make money on your site. Be sure to check them out!

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