The First Steps to Web Design: A Tutorial

February 1, 2022

Looking to create a new website for your business? Website design might seem daunting. But there’s no need to fear, it is easier than you think. Have a purpose for your website and your brand set, then you are ready to design! Follow the steps in this web design tutorial to create the best website for your business.
A man sitting at a table looking at a board of a website's layout plan

1. Decide How You Want Your Website to Look

Create an idea of how you want your website to look and what it needs to have. Have your content in mind, and how to group your content into categories. If you’re struggling with creativity, do some research for inspiration. Look at the websites of businesses in your industry. The important thing to remember is that you’re looking for inspiration, not to copy. The branding of your business is key to this step! Think of fonts, your brand colors, and layout. Once you have an idea of your website’s look, it is time for the next step.


2. Select a Web Hosting Company

Your first question may be whether to use a free hosting service or a paid one. The answer to this depends on how complex you want your website to be. Free hosting services like WordPress are great places to start for a small website. They also offer premium, paid versions. Remember that for when your website grows and needs more features. After you have the right hosting service, it is time to build the website!


3. Create/Input Your Content to Your Website

This is when your content and categories come to play. Set up a menu with your content categories for easy navigation. You should also include a homepage, a services/product page, and a contact page. Use your brainstormed fonts and brand colors to add to the site. Put the correct content under the correct categories in your menu. If you don’t have your content, think of what is special about your business. Then start writing! Create high-quality posts that fit your brand, and you are good to go.


4. Promote, Promote, Promote!

While search engine optimization is another topic, think of words that describe your business. Words that describe your products/ services are also good to think of. These words will be your keywords. Try to use these words throughout your site, so you get found by more people searching the internet. If you have social media, promote your new website on all your social media channels. You’re bound to see more traffic on your brand new website!

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