What are the basic steps to create a web site?

1. Register Your Domain Name
The Web address you type into your browser to pull up a specific Web site is called its domain name, which is distributed through an Internet address registrar. Because thousands of Web sites are being published to the Internet on a weekly basis, it is important to register your domain name before you start to design your site, as the name you select may determine its look and feel. Verisign/Network Solutions is the leading domain name registrar, but we can do it for less ($20 /year instead of $35/year).

2. Design Your Web Site
Once you have selected your domain name, the next step is deciding if you want your site designed professionally, or if you want to do it yourself.

Most commonly used are:

"Design and Upload" software

Microsoft Expression Web
Macromedia Dreamweaver
Adobe GoLive

New versions of these software are now available in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Content-Management Systems (CMS):

Wordpress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. It is free, is easy to install and to use on your HIS account.
Joomla and Drupal are other popular content management system.

3. Host Your Web Site
As soon as your site is designed, you need to put it on the Internet. That's where we come in: HIS combines highly reliable connectivity, and web professionals to provide you with reliable hosting solutions.

4. Market Your Web Site
Once you have your business online, the next step is driving traffic to your Web site.
You should register it with the most popular search engines (yahoo.com, google.com).
More details on: How can I get listed with search engines.

5. Add Advanced Functionality to Your Site as Needed
As your Web site grows in complexity, you can upgrade your web hosting to provide additional capacity and functionality such as databases, ecommerce capabilities...

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