There are many platforms and applications out there to create websites and you should use what you are most comfortable with. If you have no experience with website building, this page includes tool recommendations and basic tips to help you get started.
At UMW we offer two platforms for building your website
UMW Blogs uses WordPress as a way to build your site while Domain of One’s Own allows you to install a variety of applications, like WordPress, to build your site. Read about the difference between these platforms on our guide.
Beginner-Friendly Tools #
Advanced Tools #
WordPress Tips and Tricks #
- Know what plugins are and how they can be utilized in WordPress. Plugins can be used to add functionality to your site outside the initial installation of WordPress
- Try out different themes. Themes provide varying levels of control over the look and feel of your site. Changing the theme and customizing it makes the site uniquely your own.
- Know the differences between pages and posts.
Common Mistakes #
- Confusing WordPress with Domain of One’s Own. WordPress is an application that can be installed on Domain of One’s Own (and is in fact the most popular website building tool). We recommend reading the “Getting to Know Your Web Space” guide to understand how web hosting works on Domain of One’s Own.
- Uploading too many large media files (such as videos). On both UMW Blogs and Domain of One’s Own you have a limited amount of storage space. Uploading large files to your site will quickly lead running out of room.
Accessibility Considerations #
- An accessible website should be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
- Be sure to use high contrast colors/images.
- Include alternative text with any image.
- Use proper headings, and use them correctly.
- Use meaningful hyperlinks.
- See our Accessible Web Design guide for more info.
Want More Help? #
- Book an appointment with a consultant at the DKC. We would love to help you with your website building projects!
- Check out our Website Building Guides
Reviewed by Em McPhee 10/21/21