ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips For Building a Simple Website

Updated on June 27, 2013

Building a website is now easier than ever before, especially if you only need something simple and uncomplicated. Very often, simple websites are best. Visitors usually just want to learn a certain thing or be entertained for a few minutes when they go to a site. They don't need all kinds of bells and whistles. That's why in this article, we are going to focus on techniques for building simple websites.

Website builder
Website builder

What You Need to Get Started

You only need a few basic elements to start building a website. In some cases, you can even skip one or more of them, though this isn't really necessary.

  • A domain name

  • Web hosting

  • A website building tool

This is all you need. The first one is not absolutely necessary if you don't mind using someone else's domain. For example, you can build a free website with a service such as Weebly. There you have a choice of using your own domain, which costs about $5 per month, or using their subdomain for free. There are also free blogging sites like, Tumblr, and so on.

Technically, however, if you are going to have your own website you should really purchase a domain. They only cost about $10 per year or less, so it's really a good investment. That way you'll have lots more control over your site. It's also easier to rank it in the search engines. You should choose a domain name that is relevant to your site's topic. Some website owners, however, like to brand themselves by having a domain with their own name or their business's name in it. This is your choice, but it's something to think about before buying your domain.

Web hosting is also easy to get. Some web hosts will throw in a free domain name with hosting, at least for the first year. Web hosting costs anywhere from a few dollars to around $10 per month, depending on the type of plan you choose. You can get good quality, professional hosting for around $4 per month if you pay for a year up front.

Since your objective is to build a simple website, you should look for a web host that has a good website builder. This is a tool that lets you build a site fast without any programming needed.

If you ask me, a good host which I like to use is Bluehost. Their plan costs only $3.95/month and with that you get a free domain name (for the first year), and other good website building tools.

Domain, hosting and website building tools
Domain, hosting and website building tools

How to Build Your Website

Assuming that you have a domain and web hosting, you can start building your website. As I said, you should have chosen a web host that has a good site building tool. Most good hosting companies now offer this. They let you choose among many templates or themes, so you can create the type of site you want.

With website builders, you can always change the template later, so you don't have to worry about this too much. You can usually find a theme that is relevant for the type of site you want to build. You can also choose elements like colors, fonts and layout.

If you're not experienced at building websites, do some experimenting. You can edit the site as much as you want, so there's no need to feel locked in at any time. You can proceed step by step. You only have to click on "save" or "publish" and the site will be online!

Another option is to use WordPress, which most web hosts let you install for free. This is a leading blog application that gives you even more choices than simple website builders. With WordPress you can install thousands of different themes, many of them are free. There are also many other features and settings that you can customize through the use of plugins. If you're interested in using WordPress, your web host will most probably have information on how to install it.

Tips For a Simple But Professional Looking Website

Just because a website is simple doesn't mean it can't look good. Using simple tools as discussed above, you can create a site that's perfectly suitable for either personal or business use. Some useful tips (based on my experience building websites over the years) to keep in mind as you build your website:

  1. Have a focused theme or topic.
    This can be broad or narrow, but the site should have some subject that visitors can identify. This will help you attract the right kind of visitors. The title of the site, as well as the description underneath, should make this clear.

  2. Use images.
    This helps to enhance the look of your site, and makes your site more interesting. Depending on the type of site it is, you can use your own photographs or ones you find online (provided you have the right to use them of course). If you need images, you can get them on a stock photo site such as Some images are free, others you will have to pay for. It's best to stick to smaller images, as larger ones can make your pages slow to load.

  3. Update your site frequently.
    This is very important for attracting regular visitors. It's good to add content every day, but you should update at least a few times per week. This will show people that you're active and interested in building a great site.

  4. Add relevant content from other sites.
    This can help you add more content without you having to create it all. It's good to have some unique content on your site, but adding relevant articles, news stories, images and videos is also good for making your site interesting.

It's Not Hard to Build a Simple Website

With the help of many of the tools and features offered by a good web hosting company such as Bluehost, it's quite easy for anyone to build a simple website. Even if you have no technical background, with website builders or WordPress you can get started and have a site online within 30 minutes.

To make it a success, even a simple website takes a lot of effort, though. You have to update it regularly and add good quality content. This isn't difficult, but it requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Last but not least, a useful tip from myself - You should browse other good websites on the web and see what impresses you and what doesn't. This can give you some clues about how you want to design your own site!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jerrywong88 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comments and for voting up, Tennicut and Jabelufiroz. Love you guys! :)

    • jabelufiroz profile image


      5 years ago from India

      Useful tips on website building. Voted up and useful.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)