How to Create a Website

Get Your Domain Name

The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get your desired domain name.
The domain name is the name you want to give to your website. For example, the domain name of the website you're reading is "www.thedesignpool.ie"   or maybe "www.thedesignpool.com". Domain names must be first registered and then renewed annually by paying a small fee for the right to use that name.
Getting your Domain Name is like registering a business name in the non-virtual world.
Having a business name does not mean that you automatically have the business premises to go with it.

◦More detailed information on getting a .ie domain name can be found here: http://www.thehostingpool.net/ie-domain-registration/.

Anyone can register their domain name on our home page.

Choose your Web Host

Please remember that thedesignpool in conjunction with thehostingpool offers free hosting with each hosted package for one year. Your web host is basically the company that has many servers that are connected to the Internet. When you place your website on our servers, everyone in the world can connect to it and view it. Every website needs a home. Web hosting account is comparable to renting office space for your business.

If you are a DIY person and want to build your own website then a Basic Hosting Package is right for you. Why not head on over to thehostingpool and sign up for the Basic hosting Package for only €3.99 per month. (€4.90 inc. vat)
If on the other hand you want thedesignpool to build the site for you we include in your first years hosting. Now that's a good deal for only €399 once off. (€490.77 inc. vat)

Designing your Website using our Softaculous Website Builder

Once you have you have your hosting account set up you will have access to your CPanel where you will find the Softaculous Installer.
Softaculous allows you to easily install from a huge range of free website builders,  including WordPress, Joomla and Typo3 to name just a few.

If you are hiring a good web designer to do it for you, you can probably skip this step, since that person will handle it on your behalf. If not read on!

You are on now your way to designing your first website. There are many other issues regarding the design of web pages and above will get you started. If you need any assistance with any of it you can depend on our *Fanatical Support.

Testing Your Website

You should test your web pages as you design them in all major browsers, Google Chrome, Firefox. Internet Explorer and Safari. All the browsers can be downloaded free of charge. Testing your site in all these browsers is the only way you can really be sure that it works the way you want it to on your visitors' machines. And those with access to a Windows 10 machine may also want to test their site in Microsoft Edge, the successor to Internet Explorer.
Of course its important to test on mobile devices (responsive) also as more people search the web on mobile devices than desktop these days.

There are numerous free web page validators around that tells you if any of your pages have errors. Here is a good place to start: https://validator.w3.org/

Getting Your Site Noticed

When your site is ready, you can submit it to search engines like Google and Bing etc. Use the links below to do this.
◦Google's Link Submission Page
◦Bing's Site Submission Page

Other links you should use to promote your site:

Google My Business
Google Webmasters Tools

In general, if your site is already linked to by other websites, you may not even need to submit it to these search engines. They will probably find it themselves by following the links on those websites. Submit it anyway, you can go wrong.

There are also less obvious ways of promoting your website, which you might want to look into.

Make Money from your website

Among the many things that Google does well is, it allows the ordinary Joe/Joan Bloggs to make a little money from their websites with Google AdSense.

When you signup to Google AdSense you can place Google Ads on your site and if you are running a WordPress site you wouldn't even the help of a web designer to place the ads, its just a Copy & Paste job.

If you have enough traffic to your site you can generate an modest income which can offset the cost of running the site and maybe even make a little profit. Of course that would depend on the numbers of visitors to your site. The more visitors to your site, the more clicks to the Google ads and the more revenue for you. Make money while you sleep.

Here are a few examples of sites that have Google Ads

Heart Disease Miracle

Stillorgan Business Directory

Collect Credit Card Information

If you are selling products or services, you will need some way to collect credit card information. You can accept Credit Card payments on your site using ecommerce plugins on your site or you could add a "Buy Now" button using PayPal easy to use Merchants Tools. If you need help with any of this please give us a call 353 1 230 3645

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