The Checkout

How Hard is it to Build a Website?

Can anyone build a website today? The short answer is, yes, indeed! Of course, there is a little bit more involved than just choosing a title for your website. For example, you need to determine the purpose of the website. Are you going to be an online merchant, for example? Having a clear idea of what type of website you are going to need is probably the most important step you will take.

Next, you should do some homework by investigating the many different web hosting services available on the Internet. Some web hosts will also provide website creation software that will allow you to easily build your website. Be cautious, however, and read the EULA (End User License Agreement) for your provider.

In some cases, a web hosting service will own any content that is posted on their service – that means that anything you write for your website content can wind up being the intellectual property of your web hosting service.

All right, so you have decided to build a website, and you have chosen the type and purpose of that website. Congratulations! You are already 100% ahead of most of us, because not only have done the first two things we mentioned, but you have also chosen your web hosting service.

It’s really not that difficult, is it? Now you will need to decide what kind of software you are going to use, or if you are going to choose a web host that already offers software templates and easy step by step instructions. That is entirely up to you, and it depends upon how comfortable you might be with learning HTML or whether you want to use a program that will generate those codes for you. (For my money, the second choice is the best one!).

If this is your first website, may I suggest that you go for a WYSIWYG type of software? This means that what you see on your computer screen is precisely what you will see when your site is up and running. And it saves any number of headaches for you both at the beginning of the process as well as at the end, because of the ease and simplicity of preset templates.

Now, if you have your heart set on hiring a web designer to build a website for you, I also applaud your choice, because that person will be skilled in this entire process, and if you have a specific, custom web design in mind, this is the way to go. Keep in mind, however, that the cost may be substantially higher than just buying some software.