Building your first website
By now you should have all the tools required, if not first read the Web design page.
How to build a great website in under ten minutes.
It's not going to happen, a great website takes time and lots of planning, the choice is do it quick or do it right.
Always plan your website before you start building, collect all the images you want to add and resize
them to the size that they will be displayed on the website.
Think about what you like and dislike while surfing the web.
Do you like pages that take forever to load?
How about junk filled pages full of large images or flash files that uses up your bandwidth?
Build a site that will load quickly, no one likes waiting.
Make sure your site is easy to use - use clear, descriptive links.
If you use a background image, use a small fixed image that blends with the background color rather than a large full screen image, or use a small image that can be stretched or tiled to form a background.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
What use is a website if people cant find it, there are hundreds of tips on SEO some good some not, the single most important tip is - Build a quality, content rich site. Good web design will get good results.
Together with that these tips will help
Create a descriptive title for each page using your key words and be sure to actually use those key words on the page.
If you use Java script menus or image links, put text links somewhere on the page for the spiders to follow.
Add new, useful content to your pages on a regular basis. New content can help improve your rankings.
Use your location in your company description to rank higher in localized results.
There are many more seo tips available, but following these are easy and will start you off in the right direction.
Test your website
IE is no longer the dominant browser, so always test your site in multiple browsers, something may look good in IE but not in Firefox, Opera or Chrome.
If you are still using IE it is time for an upgrade.
Download them for free.