Everything you need to know about building websites

By James C | Monday, 6 April 2015

It's been reported that less than 5% of people have their own website - but the old excuses "I'm too busy" or "it's too complicated" won't wash any more. More than ever before, it's quick, easy and affordable to have your own website.

We understand what it's like. You know that a website for your project or business would be valuable. You want to get found online, and you really, really would like a website...

So what do you need to know?

Have you seen how big the web design books are on JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, and felt you're just too busy to go learning that stuff, on top of everything else you have going on? Worried that it all seems complicated, and you'd have nobody to answer your questions if you got stuck?

We've all been there, but it doesn't have to be that way. As Bob Dylan once said: the times they are a-changing.

When it comes to making your own professional-looking website you have a few options:

  • Learn how to build it yourself from scratch
  • Pay a web designer to make it for you
  • Use a site builder tool to make and host it

There are advantages and disadvantages of each, and no one option is necessarily better or best. The important thing is to find the solution that works for you.

Want to learn the essentials of web design for yourself? You don't have to go it alone. CodeAcademy has a variety of courses where you can learn at your own pace, and there is a Q&A forum where you can go for help and advice. Alternatively, check out General Assembly - where you can take a class online or on "campus" if there is one near you. If you're time-poor and want to meet other people, check out a Coder Factory weekend workshop.

More interested in having a website up and running than learning to code? You're in good company. A good web designer will work with you to understand your needs, and will design and build the website to your requirements. The communication between you and your designer is important, so you will get the opportunity to review designs and make sure you are happy. Crazy Domains has three levels of custom web design service available if you want an expert-made site, from 3 pages to an unlimited number, all at competitive prices.

Not sure about trusting someone else with your vision, but don't want to spend time and money on learning programming? Check out the Crazy Domains Site Builder. You don't need any experience or knowledge of web design - all you need is an idea, and a few minutes to drag-and-drop your site together. Hundreds of great designs are available for you to use, with almost endless variations - so you can have anything from a one page site, to 100 pages with your own eShop.

It really is that easy to get your own website. If you want to learn to code, the resources are out there for you. Want to employ a professional for your web design, or drag-and-drop your way to a custom website? We have your back. Now your only excuses are going to be limited to why you don't get to bed earlier.