How To Create A Website?

This article is geared towards individuals who wish to establish a personal or business website but are unsure where to start. You may have seen advertisements asserting that websites can be built within minutes using various platforms or builders. But is it truly that straightforward? This article will guide you through the fundamental steps needed to create your own website.

Types of Websites

Websites can be broadly classified into two categories:

  • Informational Websites: Often used as landing pages for businesses or companies, these websites contain text, a contact form, and, if needed, media files.
  • Websites with Functionalities Streamlining Business Processes: These encompass:
    1. Online Stores: These websites simplify shopping by allowing customers to purchase items at the click of a button and pay via credit card. They can also showcase a wide range of products or services.
    2. Online Booking/Scheduling Services: These platforms enable customers to perform various everyday tasks (from booking cinema tickets or hotel rooms to scheduling doctor appointments) online. These websites may also offer general information and could be integrated into an online store.
    3. Custom Online Platforms: Specifically designed for certain types of businesses (e.g., bank systems, online text/icon editors, management tools, social media platforms, etc.), these websites require specialized knowledge and approach. Non-professionals may find creating these types of websites challenging due to their unique functions.

All these types of websites (except the last one) can be created by an average PC-user with enough time, dedication, and fast-learning abilities. Platforms like Wix, GoDaddy, and BigCommerce make this process smooth even for those with no website creation experience or background knowledge.

However, if you prefer a more tailored website that caters specifically to your business demands, you may consider hiring a professional developers’ team. Although more expensive, this option can save you time and hassle.

Creating a Website: Step by Step

If you decide to venture into website creation, what steps should you take? Below is a basic list of steps involved in creating a website, whether through programming or a website builder:

  1. Determine the Goal and Main Business Requirements: If it's a personal website, identify the main features it should include.
  2. Create Content: This may include text, headings, product lists, online shop price lists, etc.
  3. Design the Website: This includes selecting suitable colors, fonts, creating base elements like buttons, icons, lists, etc. The color palette should reflect your audience and your company's core principles. Next, plan your website's structure, including navigation and layout. Logo development also falls within this step.
  4. Perform Development Research: Based on your requirements and mockups, choose the right technologies for website development, including the website builder. It's crucial to get this right, as improper research can lead to rework and additional expenses.
  5. Develop the Website: Use the mockup created during the design step to develop the website. This can either involve writing code or using a website builder.
  6. Test the Website: Check your website on different devices with varying screen dimensions and on all modern browsers. After identifying issues, they need to be fixed and re-tested. Repeat this process until no bugs or errors are found.
  7. Purchase a Domain: This will be the address of your website.
  8. Host Your Website and Set Up a Secure Connection (SSL): SSL enhances user data security, making your website more reputable and reliable.
  9. Optimize for SEO: Implement changes to improve your website's visibility in search engine results.
  10. Implement Marketing Tracking: If you're running a marketing campaign, ensure you have the necessary tracking in place to understand user behavior on your site.

The above steps, while time-consuming, can lead you to your goal. However, if you want to save time and ensure a professional look, consider hiring development specialists.

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional Team

If you've read this far, you're likely seriously considering creating your website and weighing your options. Let's explore the pros and cons of hiring a professional team of developers:

Disadvantages of Hiring a Development Team:

  1. Cost: Hiring a good development team can be expensive. The cost varies depending on the developers' country of origin, their technology stack, and their experience level.
  2. Skills: A lack of either hard skills or soft skills in your development team can complicate the website creation process. Poor hard skills may result in a slow, dysfunctional website, while poor soft skills can cause communication problems and misunderstanding of your business needs.
  3. Creative Control: When you hire a team, you entrust the creative process to others. If you have a clear vision for the website, you may prefer to maintain control over the design process.

Advantages of Hiring a Development Team:

  1. Time-saving: You can save time by delegating the development process to professionals.
  2. Quality: Experienced professionals can create a reliable, attractive, and fully functional website.
  3. Networking: You can establish connections with professionals who can help you in the future.
  4. Peace of Mind: Hiring a highly qualified team will give you confidence that the job will be done right and on time.
  5. No Need for Technical Knowledge: You won't need to learn the basics of website development or struggle with technical questions.
  6. Reliability: A professional developer or company guarantees their product will work as expected.
  7. Uniqueness: You'll end up with a unique website fully customized to your business needs.

In conclusion, if you value your time and peace of mind, hiring professionals to create your website is a good option.

How to Find an Experienced and Well-Qualified Team of Developers

Simply contact us! Our Illitdev team offers a personalized approach to each client and would be delighted to assist you with consultation, development, and more.

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