You know you need a website, but you don’t know where to start! Let us point you in the right direction & get you online with your very own web presence. If you haven’t see it yet, we’ve got a great break-down of common terminology found when dealing with building websites. CLICK HERE to get up to speed on the lingo you need to know.
I LOVE bullet points. So I’m going to break this down for you in step-by-step fashion so you can get a full grasp on what all needs to happen in order to get a website online.
- Register a Good Domain Name
Research, research, research… I can’t say this enough! You’re already off to a great start by coming here & reading up on how this all works. But you can’t stop here!
I know, your perfect domain name might already be taken, but don’t make your website any harder to visit than necessary. Avoid lots of hyphens “- – – – – – -” in your domain name. Avoid super long domain names. Shorter is better & easy to communicate over the phone is important if you intend to ever direct people to go to your site to learn more about you & your company. Domain names have to be completely unique, much like your mailing address and anyone can register any domain name, so hurry up & go to BlueHost today to register your own domain name before someone else registers your name!
- Purchase a Hosting Account
Now that you have a domain name, you need space on a server somewhere to actually serve up your website. We recommend BlueHost for this purpose because they have an amazingly flexible platform with all the tools you could ever want for an amazing price.
- Create Your Website
This is the part where it helps to get a little guidance (or completely outsource the project). We can help you with that! You’ve got to decide on the purpose of your website. Will it be mostly static & informational or will it need to be totally dynamic & interactive? Does it need to be modified & updated constantly or will you be good to update it once every few months? Answers to those types of questions help you to select the right CMS to build your website with. We’re partial to WordPress because, with the right strategy, it can be the answer to many of those questions above. That’s not to say it’s the right platform for all situations, just that MANY small businesses can find an easy to maintain solution with WordPress.