▶ Websites are an important means of communication these days. Even the pan-beeda (beetle leaf seller) guy near your place has a website today.
▶ Right from sharing your own life experiences with the world to making a marriage website, you need it for countless purposes.
▶ There are many free website providers on the Internet.
▶ But I have zeroed in on some the best and easy-to-use ones to help you make your own website from scratch.
▶ Don’t wait for a reason, there are thousand things which you know and the world doesn’t.
Why not share it? Start a website today, now!
Who are these Crazy People who make Websites?
Today, you find a website for every other thing in the world. Right from safety pins to Audi cars, you can find almost everything on web.
All that you find when you Google are just list of websites ordered according to your query.
I work in one of the world’s biggest software MNC. At my office, whenever we have an issue with the coding of the software, my colleagues keep saying that they found the answer for the issue on Google.
They give all the credit to the Google. But that’s not right! You should know that Google only lists websites.
It is the websites that have the information you are looking for and not Google. So, you must be thanking that particular website and even Google too.
Well, then, a quick question pops up. Who makes such website with all that useful information? The answer is people like you. Yeah, you!
Lets say you are good a cooking, well, why not teach it to the world? If you are good at coding, then write about it.
This might not be very convincing for you to make your own website. Well, then, let me give you some good reasons to start a website today, may be right now!
Why do you need a website?
There are thousands reasons why you need a website. I will list just a few.
1. Promote or sell your products
A website allows you to showcase your products for everyone to see. You can explain the benefits, compare it with other products, or show testimonials of happy customers that already bought the product. This way you can sell your products to customers from all corners of the world.
2. Promote your services
It is hard to showcase services in a store, or office. The web allows you to introduce the service, the professionals providing the service, and how several services can complement each other.
3. Make a marriage website
They say – Marriages are made in heaven. It is one such event which comes just once in a lifetime. Why not make it big? Making a marriage website is a great idea. You can have your invitation, photos and event place put on it. It can contain various other information like bus routes, routes from various places and more such useful information. Later, you can upload your marriage photos too. May be a year after, your cute looking kid can also be on the website.
4. Share your life experiences
You may be a traveler, a hobby guitarist, an awesome photographer or something more cool. Why not share that with the world. Who knows, you might become a celebrity over night.
5. Promote your organization
People buy from people. People support organizations and causes that they believe in. A website is a fantastic tool to promote an organization and build trust – that is, if you do it right… A well-developed website can convey trust and credibility, making people to buy from you, or support you.
6. Promote yourself
Whether you are a professional who is looking for a job, or an expert in your industry, you can show that to the whole world by having a comprehensive website. The use of an associated email address also increases perceived professionalism.
7. Promote your ideas
Political campaigns are now all over the web. A website can be a powerful way to promote your ideas, and build a following of like-minded people.
8. Promote your events
Have a fund-raising event? Want to promote your business with seminars, workshops or a trade show? You will increase awareness when you create a website for the event. Show dates, programs, prices and driving directions – to name but a few features that will be greatly appreciated by your target audience.
9. Build a community
Want to be perceived as a leader? Want people talking about you, or provide a platform for people to share ideas and ideologies? A website, especially with a forum or bulletin board, can be a great help in building an online community.
uCoz is a free web hosting with built-in content management system.
It has a free website builder in it.
The uCoz can be used to build a fully featured website with ease. You can make an online shopping platform, blog, forum and many more such things.
There are more than 1 million websites created in uCoz systems from the day it has started till now.
How to Make a Free Website 2012 ?
1>> Click on the big green “Get Started” button.
And once every detail is filled, click on the “Registration” button.
3>> In the next page you will see a message stating – “Registration completed successfully”.
4>> Now visit your email inbox (the one you gave in the previous page) and click on the confirmatory link which looks like the below screenshot.
5>> Once you click on the confirmation link, you will again have to enter the security code. Type it as seen on the image.
6>> Next, you will see a screenshot as below. It is more like the Windows desktop. This makes you feel easy and better.
Here, you will need to enter few more details for security purpose.
First enter your choose a password for Webtop service . Webtop password is not intended for login to websites. It is a separate password for login to Webtop, necessary for additional protection of your data.
Next you will have to choose a secret question and enter the answer to it.
In the next field enter the password that you used during registration (the one you used in step 2).
And at last click on “save” button.
7>> Next, you will see a new screen as seen in the screenshot below.
Here, choose your web address. For eg. I choose mylifemychoice.
Next, click on the drop down box which reads ucoz.com and choose any other domain name of your like. I choose do.am as it sounds good and easy to share with others.
Next, enter security code again as seen in the image
8>> It will ask for the webtop administrative password that you gave in step 6, enter it and click on confirm.
You will then see a pop up message saying the website has been created successfully.
Click on the “Website control panel” to continue to your control panel.
9>> You are now in the control panel of your website which is the back-end and brain of your website.
Here, Give your website a name – I gave ” My Life My Choice”
Then, click on “Select a design” and choose a template you like.
At last the language you want. I chose English. And click on “Continue”.
10>> The nest window you see on your screen is quite tricky because it has loads of options.
Carefully read through and choose only those modules you want on your website. However, you can install and remove them even later.
I chose Page Editor, Photo Albums, Guestbook, Publisher, File Catalog.
You can even choose others based on what type of website you are creating. For eg, if you want to sell few things online, you need to choose “E-Shop” module.
Click on “continue”.
11>> You will now be directed to the main page of the control panel.
You will see a hell lot of options here too.
But you will frequently be using “Customize Design” and “File Manager”.
12>> Now towards the left of your screen, you will see “Page Editor” on the menu bar. Click on it.
Next, when the page editor opens, click on “Add new page” as seen in screenshot.
13>> You will now be in the new page as seen in the screen shot below.
Here, enter a name to your page. In my case it is “7th May 2012”
Write some description in the body. Insert some images using the menus present in the tool bar.
If you have used Microsoft Word , then this just like it.
Lastly, click on “save” and you are all done to view the first page you created on your website.
When you see the pop-up message that, click on “Go to the page” .
14>> You will now your website live in action which any of your friends can access.
You will feel proud to have one for yourself.
Take a look here at the website I created – http://mylifemychoice.do.am/index/7th_may_2012/0-4
You will have all the control options and menus at the top of your website until you are logged in.
Once you logout, you can’t see them.
If you are wondering how do you login next time, you need not worry.
Just check your email inbox again, you would have got a mail of all the necessary details to login to your website. Save all those details in a word document for future reference.
Click on the control panel link as seen in the above screenshot, enter your website name, your webtop password and security code.
You will then be in your control panel again.
There are a lot of things which you can do in the website. When I say lot, I really mean it. You can do hell lot of things here.
To create one more page, follow the step 12 and step 13 again. You can create many such beautiful pages and make a wonderful website.
You can share it with your friends on Facebook and have fun.
Having a website for any good reason is always great.
You need not worry about the technical aspects of making a website.
Just follow the above steps and you should have a website for yourself.
If you are struck with some problem or need some help, feel free to visit the forum here.
So here is your chance to make a website and share your thoughts with the world.