Have you ever thought of owning your own website?
These days the Internet has become a platform, a virtual soapbox for anyone with a specific view or an interest that they would like to share with the rest of the world. Chances are, that you might probably be reading this article on the Internet.
Right now, getting a website published on the Internet is quite easy. No longer will you have to know about all the laborious HTML that was required a few years back.
Even ftp protocols or knowledge of web design aren’t required. The majority of website hosting companies now have templates of websites that you can customize with your own links, and content, as easily as you would need to adjust or edit a letter in your own word processor.
Many companies exist who’ll even provide you with free web space on their computers, mainly referred to as servers, in order to put your very own website onto. In exchange for that, they add an advertisement onto your site, usually at the top – called a header. Try to do a search on the Internet for “free website hosting” and then checkout your results.
Consider what it is that you would like to share with the world.
It might just be a hobby of yours or a subject you are particularly passionate about. For example, are you a Chess player who can share some game strategies? Do you have views on world news which you would like others to know about? Do you like photography, stamp collecting, butterflies, quilting, scrap booking, remote control models, airplanes, religion, politics, art, or many of those topics? Some people even make use of their website in order to update relatives on their family activities, or new children etc.
The chances are that if you are interested in something, someone else in the world might be also.
Once your website is up and running you can either decide to keep it low-key where you only choose to give the address to certain people. Otherwise, you can post your website address on forums, bulletin boards, on every email you send out, and even do link-swaps with other people who have sites which are similar or complementary to yours. You can do that with a links page, where you put links which can lead you to other people’s sites and they will then put your link on their website. All that you need to do is to contact the owner of the website with details about the link-swap you would like to undertake.
Having other people link to your site might also make your chances of being highly indexed in the search engine listings much stronger.
Try to be committed as much as you can to your website. Try to keep the content and photos etc. always updated. The internet is known for having lots of useless information – and content which is never updated for several years; actually, the website owner might’ve even abandoned the site but never taken it off the air. People always enjoy, prefer and deserve fresh content.
If you want people to be able to contact you, try to add a link to your email address. Make sure that it is an address that isn’t your main email source. Try to find a free email account such as Hotmail, or Yahoo etc. The reason for this is that because there is a tendency for people to sometimes to abuse your address and spam you with lots of mail which is unwanted. If you do get that, you can always just start an alternative free email account and then change the link on your site.
Even if you don’t want to design and maintain your own site, an even more easy method for you to get your views, recipes, or any type of information out is to start a blog, which is short for web log.
Many free blogging hosts exist on the Internet for you to make use of, and using them can be as simple as typing your letter or information for that day, and clicking on the publish button. Your information will be instantly transferred to your blog site for anyone to read. It’s really very easy!
So, whatever you decide that you would like to do, go out and do it. There are so many people who are eagerly awaiting and in need of what you have to offer. So go on and get started!
Nora Roberts is contributing editor at WebDesignArticles.net. This article may be reproduced provided that its complete content, links and author byline are kept intact and unchanged. No additional links permitted. Hyperlinks and/or URLs must remain both human clickable and search engine spiderable.