Open Source Website Building 101

If you have a business or a hobby that you would simply want to express and have no outlet to do so, you can try building a website. A website specifically a blog site will be able to help you share to the world your interests without having to break the bank. Building a website could be a pain in the head for some. Some people try to look for professionals to be able to help them build their own website. However, you can definitely do your own open source website building even without a degree in IT or being a techie. What you need to know is how to maximize the many open source websites that are available today in the market. You do not need to spend lots of money for labor and website building if you can totally build your own.

If you have no background in IT and it is really difficult for you to understand technical terms, you can use any free open source publisher in the web like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. The best thing about blog sites like this is that you do not have to known HTML to be able to operate. The sites are already built for you and all you have to do is to just customize the settings (such as designs, features, general, posting, comments, etc.) if you do not want to use the default template and/or settings.

First, you need to have your computer and Internet ready. These are just the two essential things that you need. Then you need to have the following ready:

1) What will my website be about?

In building your own website, you need to have a focal point, a niche, a topic. You cannot simply go on open source website building without a distinct subject. This will be the category of your blog. For instance, if your blog is for your love of gardening or cooking then make it as your focal point. The stories and pictures in your blog will revolve around your central idea. This will also determine your target audience. In this example, your target audience will be people who also like gardening or are interested in cooking (chefs).

2) What is my domain name?

The domain name is the username that you will be known for. This will appear in your URL. For instance, if your blog is about gardening, you can make use of the domain name “green thumb” or “garden lover”. You can definitely make up your own name for your site. If you do not want to rely on pseudonyms, you can also just use your real name.

3) Who will be your host?

You need to find a hosting account to be able to cater your website to the world. This will help you show your interests/journal/blog to the world.

When you have fulfilled these three initial steps, you can now start with your open source website building. Just sign up for the server of your choice and blog away.