Websites are today’s business cards.Increased availability for visitors, better communication and a positive image are all advantages that a strong Internet presence brings with it. If you want to create your own website or just make some improvements, there are a few things that need to be taken care of in preparation. We give you an overview for a completely new website as well as for optimization of an existing one.
Don’t have a website yet?
Start by thinking about what you want to communicate with your website. To whom is your website targeted? Is it a personal or a company website? Decide on the contents of your website and make a rough sketch of its structure. This will save you a lot of work later.
You don’t need to know much about HTML and CSS to create your own website. Xara Web Designer provides you with a whole range of free customizable templates for your website. No programming skills are required at all!Curious? Then try out our Xara Web Designer 30 day free trial and create your own website in no time!
What you definitely need for your own website
A web host administers your website on a server, offers databases, web space and boxes for email addresses. At this point, you first have to decide on a provider. MAGIX offers itself as a web host at MAGIX Online World with various homepage packages. In addition to your own domain and online webspace, you even get the software required.
The web server is provided by the web host. This is where all the content from your website is saved. The server also provides webspace for your website.
If you want to upload pictures, videos and text, you need storage space. The storage capacity on a server is referred to as webspace. Web hosts offer webspace in addition to server access and a domain. The Your Homepage L package from MAGIX Online World comes with 10,000 MB of webspace. This package also includes Xara Web Designer which you can use to create your own website in a few, easy steps.
A domain is the address that anyone can use to reach your homepage. Thanks to the domain, the visitor doesn’t have to memorize the twelve-digit IP address to get to the page. The best-known domains end in .com, .net or .org. You can find all domains available through MAGIX here Overview – you can check the availability of your desired domain right away!
Planning and preparation
- What is your website going to be about and what is it going to look like?
- The design idea: What do you want to display on your website and what kind of visual effect should it have?
- Who is your target audience?
- How is the navigation going to work? Ideally you should create a site map with navigation and all subpages.
- Do you need features such as a login area, a map or a contact form?
Imprint & legal information
Depending on where you live, your website might be required to contain an imprint. What is an imprint? An imprint is a webpage that contains the following information:
- The name of the website owner or company
- A current postal address
- Electronic contact information and other means of direct contact (e.g. an email address)
With Xara Web Designer Premium you don’t need to worry about obtaining a license to use graphics or designs. All the templates in the Premium version can be freely used for commercial websites. If you only want to create a website for your hobby or club, the standard version is sufficient.
As soon as you’ve made all these preparations, worked out your ideas down the tiniest details and found a web host, you’re ready to create your own website. If you want to be convinced by Xara Web Designer Premium, you can download 30-day free trial the here.
So you’d like to design your own homepage?
If you already have your own site and simply want to improve it, we’ve put together a small selection of free tools to make the task easier.
subtlepatterns offers a great selection of free backgrounds. Simply download backgrounds and add to your HTML file.
You might want to replace or edit images and graphics. If you’re going to replace images, have a look at Pexels Here, you’ll find license-free images to use for free and integrate into your website.
You could also add a Favicon to your website. This is a little symbol that appears in the address bar in the browser or in an open tab. This way, your page will be recognizable even in the browser preview tab. Some free Favicons are available at Iconbarn. You can use these icons for free, but you’ll need to indicate that they came from Iconbarn and link to this website. You can also quickly create your own favicons in MAGIX Web Designer.
Tired of the font on your website? No problem. DaFont has a whole range of free fonts for you to download and add to your HTML file.
By making a small change like this, you can really freshen up your website. And it won’t cost you a thing. Have fun!