When you first decide you want to create a website it's important to know exactly what you want it to look like, and what you want to get out of it. If you get invested in a project, it will take a lot of work and ideas to see it through, otherwise it might fall apart before you even get started. It's more productive to plan each step ahead of time, than think about it as you go. Decide what you want your site and its core features to be. Whether or not there will be an FAQ section, videos, interactive displays, and other interesting features should all be determined before you get started. Knowing what you want will prepare you for the work ahead of you.
This also applies to deciding whether you'll opt for a site you have to pay for or one you can get for free, and the amount of work you want to be put into it. Web designing can be a harrowing task when first approached. It can also be rewarding if done well.
Paying for something is never fun when you can get it for free. Depending on your needs, however, paying for your website, rather than choosing one that's free, may be the better option for you. A professional website design company can give you the option of customized templates, or a website built for you from scratch. While you do have to pay, these options often give you more space and security for the site, and you a more secure and flexible product. Also, you can pick your own personal domain name avoiding other websites being attached it. And the site will look professional, unmarred by unwanted ads that make it unsightly.
A possible downside to professional or paid for sites can be a certain lack of creativity. You can do anything you want when you build from your own ideas. However, when you rely on someone to do it for you, the finished product may lack a personal touch. No matter how clearly you explain what you want, the designer my not see things the same way you do. For someone just starting out, it might be good to rely on someone else, but it won't always give you the same result as doing the work yourself.
When planning a website, know what can fit within the CSS code of the website, the number of pages it will have, and what each page will cover. In doing so, you have a firm idea of what you want and the way you want it to look. Decide on the pictures, videos, and backgrounds you'll use. The more you know about creating and maintaining a website, the better equipped you'll be when it comes to explaining exactly what you want to a professional. And, if it doesn't come out the way you want it, try doing it yourself, and save on the cost.