There are three things you'll need to think about when starting a Website. In no
particular order these are: Your Domain name, Web host and a theme.
1) Domain name.
Most Website have a domain name, such as erinshore
. A domain name is
usually a short, easy to remember name ending in .com, .net, .org, .ca or any
of the other domain types available. It's usually a good idea to try and get
a .com domain as almost everyone understands that .com means Website (it means
much more than simply a Website but that's another story which I won't get into
Your domain should mean something to you or to your business, it should make
sense. Think about this then jot down a few potential names. Once you have
finished your list go to a registrar, I use
, and see if anything on
your list is available using the domain search tool. If your domain is available
then you should register it as soon as you can as
people are grabbing domains all the time. It's very much first come, first served.
You can ask me to take care of the domain registration or you are more than
welcome to try it yourself.
2) Web host.
Your Website will need somewhere to live. Websites are stored on computers called
Webservers, Webservers are just normal computers with lots of harddisk space for
storing Websites. They send out Websites when a request is made by a user's Web
browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer for example).
You can pay for a Web hosing
account or you can use the Web space that comes free with most ISP packages. If
you are with Shaw or Telus then you already have a small amount of free Web space
you can use. You will need to get the server details for your hosting account in
order to store your Website there. There are three pieces of information, your
username, password and the server's address. You will use these pieces of
information when you FTP files.
What would you like your Website to look like? Maybe you have an idea, maybe
you don't. In either case I would suggest looking around the Web at other Websites
and bookmarking any sites you like. You can also visit some of the Websites I've
created and note down any features you like. Decide on the colours and fonts to
be used, do you like the menu at the top or along the side? How many pictures
should be used? Take your time and keep a record of what you like.