Build a website on your own or outsource the task?
Building a website used to be expensive, time-consuming and reserved for technically savvy Web developers. Today, things are fortunately different. It is much easier and cheaper to get your own website online nowadays. You can in fact create a simple website yourself in no time with a handy DIY kit.
Choose a domain name
The first step is to choose a domain name. Once you have done so, it's simply a matter of registering it and finding a hosting partner. They will host your domain name, i.e. they will rent space on their server to you so your website can go online. You can also create a personalised e-mail address via a hosting partner.
Options for a website
The next step entails developing the website. You can see to it yourself or have the task outsourced:
Create your website yourself
Can you spare a few hours and is the website you have in mind relatively simple? Do you want a simple blog where you post the occasional text and photo? Then building your own website is a budget-friendly option. Many hosting companies offer a basic package you can use to get started yourself. You can put together a simple website easily by clicking and dragging from the building modules provided.
You can choose the style and layout for your website from one of the existing themes in a Content Management System ( CMS ). You add a few content pages and possibly install some modules for certain functions such as sending a newsletter, and your site is ready.
Outsource web development
If you have specific requirements or if you need a website or a web shop with more features, then creating a website is a bit more complicated. In such case, it is probably best to outsource the task to a web developer or web agency. They will set up a CMS adapted to your requirements, or build a website themselves.
Your hosting provider will then install a CMS (for a fee) on the server space you rent.
Commonly used content management systems include:
- WordPress: hosted WordPress provides total freedom of action and also the option of placing advertising on your website.
- Drupal and Joomla: these CMS are used by organisations that work particularly with different types of users.
- Magento: launch your web shop ever so easily with this turnkey e-commerce system