Don’t you think its time you made that website?
Isn’t it about time you made your mark on the internet? There’s probably a website for most relevant things, but you’re not looking for that. You are looking to make your mark. This post is for you, the creatives looking for a canvas, the entrepreneur ready to commercialise their idea with the world and the photographers, ready to open their gallery. With the importance of the internet in the modern world, web design and coding (in my humble opinion) should be part of the GCSE curriculum for IT. My generation was lucky, we had Piczo and Myspace. We were exposed to HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) as we boldly tried to outdo each other with who could embed the wildest things on their site. But as we step into 2017, the web development scene has changed.
Your domain should be the first thing you consider when thinking about starting your website. This will be your identity on the internet and as of 2011, you aren’t just limited to .com/.co.uk. It’s worth noting that once you have secured your domain, the internet is now aware that this name has value, so ensuring you set up your renewal plans is crucial. If your domain was to expire, it’s not uncommon for someone to buy your name and then try sell it back to you at an extortionate price(Its called CyberSquatting). If your website will have a commercial element and you will be processing payments, ensure the domain you have will have an SSL Certificate. This will encrypt all payment information and will help when it comes to Google Search rankings. Search Engine Optimisation(SEO) is how search engines crawl and find your website.
For blogging, Wordpress offers the best solution as it is primarily a blogging platform and it works well in this aspect. Should you wish to add products to commercialise this blog in the future however, this is where you could face difficulty as it is not designed to be a commercial portal. However, Wordpress can be a tad bit complex when it comes to adding features it doesn't currently offer as standard. Expect to watch a few YouTube tutorials to help you on your way, a little self development never hurt right? Blogger (formerly Blogspot) which is now owned by Google (Trading as Alphabet) currently offers a free platform, it's without a doubt the simplest to setup and maintain. Squarespace offers the best of both worlds, and for students with an ac.uk email its half price for the 1st year. Whilst Wordpress offers a free service, Squarespace does not, the trial ends after two weeks. This is however enough time to try things out and see if it's the right choice for you. Before committing to a platform, we recommended you try things out first.