Help to make a website

The makings of a webmaster

A lot of people hesitate before choosing to make a website, figuring that they don’t have the necessary skills, or anything interesting to say (my mother among them). Yet those same people don’t hesitate to doodle, to create a Facebook account, or plunge headfirst into creative activities like card making (my mother among them).

Being a webmaster isn’t about understanding the inner workings of web servers, HTML or web browsers – long gone are the days when you needed to understand complex things that aren’t necessarily your cup of tea. Website builder tools like doomby are designed to help anyone make a website, even people who have absolutely no knowledge of servers or code (my mother … well, you get the picture).


Make a unique website with web fonts

Personalize your site design with web fontsFonts cause a lot of problems, though it’s not necessarily easy to understand why; any old application can understand letters and numbers, but they need to be told exactly how to display them on the screen.

This is of particular concern for people who make a website, and has meant that website font choice had traditionally been pretty limited.

Fortunately, these days things are a little different. By taking advantage of modern website technology standards, it's become a whole lot easier for webmasters to control exactly how their site will look once published online, and to create a truly unique site design.

Create a Facebook page for your website

Make a Facebook page for your websiteNow that you’ve got your website up and running, it’s time to start thinking seriously about getting out there and marketing it in as many ways as possible. Unless your website is just for family and friends, you’ll want to make sure as many people as possible can find it and share it with others.

After all, deciding to create a website means more than just adding content – it needs to be as accessible as possible for your visitors.

Future-proof your site videos with HTML5

Add HTML5 videos to your websiteAdding videos to a website is a great way to engage visitors: it’s a much quicker, easier and more natural way of communicating certain types of content and ideas.

Unfortunately, web browsers have a hard time dealing with video content. Different video formats and browser technologies mean it’s difficult to make a website with videos function the same way from one browser or device to another. And sometimes, they just don’t work at all.

Make a bed and breakfast website work for you

Make a bed and breakfast website workIncreasing the visibility of any business helps attract new clients, and if you have a bed and breakfast, you’ll already know how important it is to get out there and advertise, through brochures, accommodation directories, tourist information centers and a website. To help guests through the front door, they’ll need to know what to expect before they arrive, and whether you’re the kind of person they can relate to and connect with; after all, those connections are at the heart of every BnB.

When you create a website for your BnB, you’ll need to do more than just give people your address and show a few photos of your rooms. Use your website to make a connection with potential guests even before they’ve arrived, by applying a few simple principals.

Get your site found on the web: where to next?

Search engine submissionsOver the last several weeks we’ve taken a look at ways to help people find your site on the web, and the kinds of things you can do to make it as easy for them as possible. We’ve seen how, even just as you begin to make a website, it’s important to have thought through who your potential audience is, and how they might find your site. In addition, we’ve explored how to put your site's free website builder tools to good use to optimize your site for visitors and those all-important search engines.

A website is a constant work in progress, and getting it listed with search engines is just the start. For your site to continue to attract new visitors, you’ll need to ensure that it figures prominently in search engine results – that’s something that takes time and regular effort. Search engines rank and re-rank sites for key word searches every day, so you’ll need to keep adding site content and working on making it visible on the web for as long as your site exists.

Even if you get to the top of the first page of search results for your key words, you’ll need to keep working to ensure you stay there. Here are a few external sites, tools and references that will help you ensure all that hard work you put into developing a website pays off.

Get your site found on the web: optimizing page META tags

Search engine submissionsA website's pages provide browsers and search engines with valuable information about your site, and what it contains. This information is contained within the hidden code of the pages you’ll add when you create a website, and it’s important to pay particular attention it to improve the visibility of your site on the web.

Adjusting this kind of information is part of search engine optimization (SEO) for a website, which simply means improving search results by thinking about and changing the way a website presents information to search engines. If it’s done correctly, optimizing a website for search engines also means making it a better site for your visitors. Site optimization involves careful placement of key words in page text, adding or fine-tuning relevant site META tags, and providing appropriate on-page links between the various parts of your site content, and between your site and other - related - external websites.

Amongst the free website builder tools in your manager are a few that will help you with your site SEO work, and it’s important to put them to good use.

Get your site found on the web: editing site META tags

Search engine submissionsWhen you make a website, your pages contain both visible and hidden information. Behind the scenes, browsers and search engines use your site’s hidden page code to find out important information about it.

Understanding the basic META tags will help you create a website successfully, by optimizing the way its hidden code is presented to search engines.

Get your site found on the web: about META tags

Search engine submissionsYour site content is what matters to your site visitors, so adding it in quantity – whilst ensuring it’s of the best quality – is vital: you can’t make a website and ensure it appeals to your potential audience without it. But going to all that effort to create a website and to fill it with content is a pointless exercise if search engines don’t know it exists.

Link building is one of the steps to ensure your site’s visibility in search engine results, but it’s also important to understand how search engines view your site code, and what you can do to optimize it.

Get your site found on the web: site content

Search engine submissionsOne of the most important things to remember when you make a website is that its content matters more than anything else. Over time, the most important link-building work for your website will be done by others. The more content your site has, the more likely some of that content will appeal to a site visitor. Adding content to your website also increases the number and variety of key words that search engines can associate with it.