Building a Website for Free: Expanded Version

Following up from last week, here are the steps to create a FREE website.

Register a domain name for free at www.dot.tk / Book it @ http://www.helionet.org/index/topic/10478-list-of-free-domain-providers/ who provide free domains. you would need DNS details for this domain which you would get in step 6. So for now, just redirect the domain to www.google.com and complete your registration.

The host allows you to create and publish your pages, create blog, email addresses, add functionality and maintain your site.You can host your site for free at http://www.zoho.com/sites/

After completing the registration you need to login and click create site.

3.1:  choose your web address  3.3: Edit the content (Images, text, videos, etc.) 3.4: Publish it.

As you click ‘Publish’ it will prompt you to choose your domain. Map it to the dot.tk domain which you booked earlier, Please select “Map your existing domain” and specify the domain name you created.

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5: Next you see the following message:3

Go to www.dot.tk login and in the domain panel you modify the ARecord and CNAME values if it doesn’t works try using custom DNS.

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Now, specify the value of the host name and the IP Address as the one you got in step 5.

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7: Save your changes and “you are ready to go live”.

How to build a website for free

Having a website in today’s age isn’t just about bragging rights, it is possibly the most cost effective marketing tool you could possibly have. And if you can get one for free, even better! Small businesses from Timbuktu to Bangalore are using their websites to generate valuable incoming leads by telling their story in a consistent fashion. Research by Google showed that over than 70% of customers conduct their searches online. Infact most of these customers have already made a purchase decision before they even step out of their homes! Therefore it is all the more important for small business owners today to build a website which would win business for them.

In this multipart series, we would look at different aspects of building a website. You can build your own site for FREE – all you need is a computer connected to the internet.

A domain name is a unique alphanumeric identifier for your business online. You can register a domain name for free at www.dot.tk or visit http://www.helionet.org/index/topic/10478-list-of-free-domain-providers/ to see a list of other free domain providers you would need DNS details for this domain. So for now, just redirect the domain to www.google.com and complete your registration.

The web host is the guts of any website because this is where you create and publish your pages, create a blog, create email addresses, add functionality and maintain your site.You can host your site for free at http://www.zoho.com/sites/

Once you’ve got a domain and decided on your URL, you can start planning your site. You need to decide its type, pages, contents, navigation menus, widgets etc.

To build your site you should be familiar with either HTML which is the building block of a Web page. While it’s not absolutely required, you can also use any of the online editors like https://www.zoho.com/sites/ or http://www.wix.com/create/website/html

Publishing your website is a matter of getting the pages you created in step 4 up to the hosting provider you set up in step 2. You can do this with either the tools that come with your hosting service or with FTP clients. Knowing which you can use depends upon your hosting provider.

Now you are ready to go live”Next week we will give you a more detailed list of what goes into creating your own website for free!