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Introduction to Making a Personal Website
A personal website is for fun, for family, or friends. It
can be a way to show off hobbies, or be made as a hobby and then maintained and
cultivated. Websites can be built from scratch or through a webhost. With all
the options available, it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. However,
building a website doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing, it can be a
rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Building a Personal Website Doesn’t Mean Paying an Arm and a Leg
There are many web
hosting companies who offer free hosting for people who don’t need
much storage and don’t mind the advertisements on their web pages. Usually the
web storage limit is 20MB and included in that storage is the text content,
pictures and other content that can be uploaded. Some webhost providers also
offer video storage, allowing a person to store an average of 30 minutes of
Also included in free packages is the site builder or website Editor tool that
will guide the user through the set-up process as well as designing the website
using a pre-designed template. Simply enter the information in the appropriate
areas (there will usually be a label for the designated areas or a ‘hint’ about
what to put in a certain spot), select a template and/or theme and hit the
‘publish’ button. This virtually painless process can take fewer than 10 minutes
to go through.
Then there are packages that range in price as well as services offered. The
extra services are great if the website is meant to be a business or a site that
offers log-ins and interactive features for the site users. Included in the paid
for packages are more storage space, greater bandwidth, no advertisements
(depending on the package) and better customer support, amongst other features.
Building a Website Doesn’t Require Being a Technical Genius
Some people can be intimidated when it comes to web design, believing that it
may be too hard or too much work, and that they couldn’t possibly learn how to
do it. Developing a nicely done website doesn’t have to be hard.
Most webhosts offer step-by-step walkthroughs, prompting the user to select a
template and fill in information. Others might offer a quick ‘mini-site’ builder
that will build one page, and more can be added on if desired.
Adding photos is also relatively easy as most webhosts have a way for users to
upload (much like Facebook) their photos and store them on the website.
For anyone who is easily lost when it comes to anything concerning but the most
basic of functions, there are plenty of forums and helpful blogs associated with
webhosts to make building a website an easy and fun experience.
Building a personal website can help a person learn basic skills as well as
cultivate a new hobby. After mastering the basics, some people go on to design
more intricate websites for both personal and professional use. Those who are
interested in building a site should browse the various hosts, compare the
service plans (fees, what’s included, etc) and after getting started; have fun!
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