Create a homepage: tips and good providers

In this article we will give you some tips that will help you create your own homepage. We will also introduce you to providers where you can realize your homepage project with a clear conscience.

Create a homepage: tips and good providers

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Create a homepage: A good plan is needed

Before you start creating a website, you should take enough time for planning. The more thoroughly you plan, the more successful the result will be. Also remember that once created, it must be followed by ongoing maintenance and updating.

  • ÜThink about what and who you want to reach with the homepage. Should it be a company site or the presentation of your club? Do you want to introduce your family or run a blog? Specify the goal of the online presence in detail.
  • The choice of target group may also determine whether you write in the you or the you form. Tip: If you are unsure, it is better to address your visitors as you.
  • Design a clear structure. Pay special attention to the structure of the home page, because it is the gateway to your homepage. Also define a sensible navigation. Do not branch out too deeply, otherwise the visitor will not find his way around. Two navigation levels should usually be enough.
  • Then compose the content. In addition to written text, this includes logos, photos, graphics and videos. You may want to offer documents for download. Prepare everything. Then have it at hand when it is needed.

Homepage planning is important (Image: Pixabay)

The realization – follow the standards for web pages

For the technical implementation, certain standards apply that have evolved over time and are constantly evolving. If you adhere to web standards, you will ensure that the homepage displays and functions optimally on as many different platforms and devices as possible.

  • One of the most important principles of web design is the separation of content and design. The content is stored in HTML files. HTML is the page description language for web pages. However, the design will be outsourced to a separate CSS file. CSS is a stylesheet language that defines the appearance of content elements. HTML and CSS are then merged on the web server.
  • Do not use WYSIWYG editors if possible. With these programs you click the web pages more or less together. This seems temptingly simple. However, many of the tools generate vast amounts of bloated code and don’t take standards very seriously. Prefer to use the most popular content management systems available today.
  • Create consistent formatting of headings, text paragraphs, lists, etc. The use of style sheets in the homepage editors of the providers help you to do this.
  • The same applies to the graphic design. Adapt it to the goals set in the planning stage. A travel blog will certainly look different than a corporate homepage. Coordinate the design colors. Background and font colors must harmonize with each other, otherwise readability suffers.
  • Pay attention to a balanced mixture of text, graphics and other elements. Above all, be sparing with the use of animations. Too much creates unrest and overwhelms the visitor.

Adhere to web standards (Image: Pixabay)

Do not forget mandatory information

Even for a homepage, there are certain legal requirements that you must comply with. If you don’t do this, you’ll quickly fall into the warning trap, and that will be expensive. There are law firms that have made mass warning of homepage operators their primary business model.

  • Your website must contain certain mandatory information. These are usually summarized in the imprint, from which the visitor can find information about the website owner and the person responsible for the content. The imprint must also include contact details of a contact person. How to create a warning-proof imprint, you can read in another article.
  • As soon as you collect personal data, you must maintain a legally compliant privacy policy. Keep in mind that personal data may already be requested in a simple contact form.
  • Überlegen you, to which foreign Internet pages you set links. Under certain circumstances you can be held liable for external content. If you are unsure, seek legal advice.
  • If you plan to store cookies with your homepage visitors, they must consent beforehand. This is required by an EU directive. For this purpose, a corresponding notice must appear before the cookies are stored. How to integrate such a notice into your website, read here.

Observe mandatory information (Image: Pixabay)

Homepage package provider

There are a lot of homepage service providers that offer different complete packages depending on your technical level.

  • As a savvy user, you only need a web server in a data center and the content management system such as Joomla, Contao or Drupal. Install it yourself or let the hosting service provider pre-install it. You then take care of the configuration. You also create the homepage design yourself. The content anyway. For this purpose you should take a closer look at the central german service provider Alfahosting. Here you get a starter package already from 1,69 Euro monthly. Packages with preinstalled CMS are available from 3.99 euros per month.
  • If your technical know-how is limited and you attach importance to an intuitive operation from the beginning, then you will find good offers at 1&1. 1&1 MyWebsite Basic is the entry-level package that covers all common requirements. You receive prefabricated designs, which you can adapt individually. Also included is a responsive design and your own domain. The package costs 9.99 euros per month. During promotional periods it is even available for 0,99 Euro per month for the first year. Not completely unimportant: 1&1 also takes care of the backup of your web presence.
  • There are also numerous free homepage products. If you are not sure, you can test the handling at your leisure before you make a final decision. You can get a good free website from Jimdo. However, the pages contain advertising. Jimdo also has commercial, ad-free packages in its portfolio. These are available from 5 euros.

Good providers: Alfahosting & Co

In another post, we explain how to optimize your homepage for search engines.

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