How to Design a Website

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Whether you are developing your own personal website or creating an e-commerce site for your new business, website design can be a daunting task. Fortunately, with the right software and a good sense of what your content will be, it can be as easy as creating a word processing document.

Step 1

Brainstorm what web pages your website will contain. It is often helpful to make a diagram of how your site will be organized. Make sure to include your navigation structure. This refers to how the pages of your website will be connected.

Step 2

Use paper to make a rough sketch of each page. Be sure to take into account what titles, text and graphics will be included.

Step 3

Select a piece of software specifically designed for constructing multi-page websites as opposed to a simple webpage editor. There are many options available for less than $100. Install the software on your computer.

Step 4

Explore the themes and page choices that are already available on your software. Find the one that best fits your vision for your website.

Step 5

Work through your software's website "wizard" to input your site information.

Step 6

Preview your site in a variety of browsers and on a variety of computers, to determine that your creation looks the way it should in different environments.

Step 7

Upload your site, including all of your pages and graphics to the webserver of your host provider.

Tips & Warnings

  • Simple designs are often the best designs. Too much flash can distract from the message of your site.
  • Pay close attention to your navigation menu. Make sure all of the pages within your site are connected in a logical manner.
  • Don't post pages that state they are "Under Construction." It is best to wait until you have completed your site or start with a smaller website than to have a site that is only half complete.