How to design your website

Once you have registered your domain name and hosting server, you are ready to upload your website to the hosting server. But the first thing is that you need to create the files for your website first. You have many ways to create your files. I will talk about some popular methods you can use.

1. Html/php coding

Many people use html language to write the web pages for their sites. Html is a very basic language for website design. But I recommend that you use php to replace html. Php is backward compatible with html, i.e., if you already have a .html file, you can just change the extension to .php without creating any problem. For me, one most important advantage for using php language is the a php file can call another php file, like calling a subroutine in many computer languages. If you have a block which is the same (or similar) in many web pages, such as footer, you can write a file for this block, and save it as footer.php. In other files which need this footer, you can use the commend . If you need to change the footer, you only need to change the file footer.php, and do not need to modify every pages.

Using html/php is quite flexible, you can design the web page in the style you want. But it is not easy for many beginners to learn a new language. The beginners can use some tools/resources to build the websites.

2. WordPress

The most obvious advantage of using WordPress for website design is that WordPress is a free tool. You don’t need to pay for using it.

Another advantage of using WordPress is that you don’t need to install any software in your computer, you only need to download and install the software in the server, and it is easy for you to update your site.

The third advantage of using WordPress is that there is a very big community supporting it, designing all kinds of plug-ins and widgets that you can use on your site for free. WordPress is mainly design for blog, but it is not just a blogging system, it is also a powerful content management system.

One disadvantage of WordPress is that it is not so flexible compared with writing your own html/php codes. You must use its template to design you website. But once you get familiar with it, you can use it to create some pretty complex websites. Also you can try to design some templates by yourself, in case you don’t like others’ templates. There is a tool called Artisteer, which can help you design all kind of templates for WordPress, Joomla, and other systems. Artisteer is not free though.

you can go to wordpress.org (not wordpress.com), download the software and unzip it in you computer. Then you can find the file readme.html. Read it, and follow the instruction to upload the file to your server. You may need to spend some time to upload and install the files to your server, and setup your template, plug-ins and widgets. Once you get familiar with it, you can finish these works in less than one hour, and then your site becomes alive to the world.

3. XsitePro

XsitePro is a web site design software specifically designed for internet marketers. It includes many features such as sitemap generator, robots.txt file generator, and so on. This tool can generate html or php files for you but you actually don’t need to know html or php. One disadvantage of XsitePro is that it is not free, the price is about $200. But since it is so powerful, it is worthy to pay for it, if you are a serious internet marketer.

Like WordPress, there are many templates for XsitePro. They are included in the XsitePro package, and you can select the one you like. It is also very easy to modify the layout, such as header image, footer, left side bar, right side bar, and so on.

You can easily add a new page for the site, and the XsitePro will add a new file for you. The new page has the same layout as other pages, unless you modify it individually. So you only need to fill out the main content of this page, and don’t need to worry about the layout. It is very convenient.

After you finish editing the website, XsitePro even can help you upload all files to your hosting server. What you need to do is to enter your hosting account information, and click “Publish”. Then a few moments later, all the files will be uploaded to the server and your site is alive.

These three methods above are very popular methods for building websites. Of cause there are many other tools for website building, such as FrontPage, Dreamweaver, MS Expression Web, and so on. You can feel free to try them. But if you need to buy one of them, I recommend XsitePro.

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