How to make a web site by yourself?
So you want to make a web site completely on your own? You need to have a visual image at least in your head of how you want your web site to look. If you don’t, I don’t blame you. Since not all of us have a creative mind, I suggest you start browsing online for a web site graphic that you really like. Now this could be a little time consuming because you want your site to be perfect! Usually you don’t narrow yourself down to one site that you like and you start pulling components and get ideas from several web sources. That is understandable because everyone wants his site to be unique and ahead of the competition.
At this stage you have an idea of what you want your new site to look like. You open Photoshop create a new .PSD document and start designing your site. Another approach would be to printscreen the site that you intend to use in your design, dump it into your new document and get rid of the unnecessary details and text. When the layout is set you design or copy the same way the additional components that you want your site to have. Don’t forget about the logo, it is also a good idea to experiment and see how it fits with the rest of the web site design.
When you like what you see and give yourself the go ahead, you start coding the website. That means opening Dreamweaver creating a new CSS document and a new HTML document a starting your magic. Along this path, you also start slicing pieces of graphic in your Photoshop and saving these in a separate images folder. As you code it is a good idea to keep IE, Firefox and Chrome open and constantly check your work in all the browsers to make sure you are getting identical results. It is a good practice because if you do it later when you are all finished, you will spend more time troubleshooting the bugs that you missed.
If you hadn’t already purchased your domain this is next on your agenda. Assuming coding went as planned and everything works and all pages perfectly validate in W3C it is time to set up your domain. You configure the DNS from your sever into your domain and wait. The process takes up to 48 Hrs. Don’t forget on your server side to point the path to your new domain. When the domain has propagated, use your FTP to copy all the files to your server as your new site should be up and running!