By Dennis Mckonkie
If you are a business and you don’t have an online presence, your behind most everyone else. The internet is where the majority of business, news, and social communication occurs. One third of the population has access to the internet and so your business or personal website has tremendous potential to be seen no matter where you place it. In this article we will be discussing the first 7 steps for starting your website.
Starting your first website, or a new website, can be a daunting task for people who consider themselves “non-tech savvy”. If you’re coding the website then you’re more savvy than 95% of the population, but there are plenty of do-it-yourself software out there to create a professional website.
Pick a Name
The first step to creating a website is to choose the name of it. This requires the most research because almost any name you can think of is already taken, but with enough time and energy devoted to this, you will find a unique name.
Find the Domain Name
Once you’ve found a name, you will have to register with one of the many domain name registrars available. It can be tricky to get a good name. Many are taken and most other short and easy ones are names you’ll have to pay for. There are always free options, but that usually means your domain name will be a bit longer and maybe a bit awkward.
Browse Similar Websites
After you’ve selected a name and purchased the domain, you’ll need to search for similar websites in the industry you’re about to go in. It’s always good to this since you will see plenty of different designs and can gauge your own idea compared to those.
Choose to Build Yourself or Hire Someone
When you’ve found a website that you like, you can start designing your own based off that design or hire someone to do it for you. You’ll also need a logo and there are plenty free logo maker websites where you can make a logo that fits the name of your business.
Define Your Content
If you’re building a website yourself or even if you’re hiring someone, you will have to define the content. This means you will need to describe your company, what it does, what products and services you offer, how people can contact you, and if you have projects you can showcase. Typically, there are tabs which will be labeled by the content they contain. It will be up to you or the web designer to select what you want to showcase on your website.
Review the Site
Once you’ve completed the previous steps, you’ll need to review the website completely to make sure all the buttons work, that it loads correctly, that it can be viewed on mobile, and that you were able to save the work. You may have to do this review plenty of times before you feel good about launching.
After reviewing your website you can launch it out onto the world wide web and start driving people to it. Don’t worry, launching doesn’t mean you can never update or edit it, that’s the whole point. A website should be updated and improved once every quarter or when you seem fit. If you have a blog connected to it, or it is a blog, then you will be updating and editing consistently. In conclusion, in this article we discussed the topic of how to start a website in seven easy steps. You’ll have to come up with a name in order to base the website off of it. You can also skip this step and simply build the website and name it later, starting with the name first. You will have to purchase a domain name so that people can find your page. Then you can choose to build it yourself or hire someone if you have the money to do so. After all the content is made and you feel good about it, then it’s time to launch and watch your visitors grow.