This should be easy, right?
Start with a business checklist!
Most customers will expect they will be able to find your business on the internet.
Whether you are selling your products online, or simply want to provide some information about your business and your contact details.
Hence, having a website is almost essential and will be on your business checklist!
It’s a good idea to think about what you hope to achieve with your website before you start creating one.
Researching your competitors’ websites can help you get a clear idea of what may work best for you.
So to create a website, you need to follow these 4 starting steps.
Register a domain name.
A domain name should reflect your products or services so that your customers can easily find your business through a search engine.
Customers may also expect your domain name to be similar to your business name. Add that as Important on your business checklist.
Your domain name will also be used for your email address. While you can use a free email address such as hotmail, sending emails from a business address looks more professional.
Try to use something short, NO HYPHENS in the name! Another hint, remember things list alphabetically.
To register your domain name, you will need to find an accredited registrar and pay a domain registration fee.
Accredited registrars provide services to people who want to register a new domain name, renew their existing domain name, or make changes to their domain name record.
Find a web hosting company.
You will need to find a web hosting company to get your domain name on the internet.
Most of the major internet service providers offer web hosting services. They can also provide you with multiple email addresses.
Monthly fees for web hosting vary depending on how large your website is and how many visits you get, Remember more resources equals more costs.
Prepare your content.
Think about what you want your customers to be able to do at your website. This will help you work out what sections or pages you want to include.
Consider what information or transactions your customers will want and make sure the site is structured to make it easy for them to find and do the things they need.
Just as you might hire a professional to design your site, you might also want to consider hiring a professional like AWebsiteGuy to write and structure your content.
A website that is well designed and easy for customers to use will help your business stand out.
Having relevant and appropriate content and images will help customers understand your products and services and will make them feel comfortable. As well as help them recognise your product and buy it from your business.
Build your website
Build your own website or have a professional web developer build it for you. Websites need to be kept up to date, so make sure you plan for ongoing maintenance.
You can use a website publishing package to build your own website.
These are similar to word processors, but also have inbuilt features to convert your text and images to web content and send it to your website.
Having someone else build a website for you is a good idea if you’re new to online business.
A professional web developer can build your site quickly and provide guidance on successful web design.
Hiring a professional can be particularly useful if you are looking at having an online shop/cart or if you are offering other services through your website.
SSL or the HTTPS in the web address is a must!
You will need to design your mobile friendly website in AMP and using a viewport tag so it can be easily used on any smartphone or other mobile device.
Optimising your website for mobile use means that the growing number of people using phones and tablets to access the internet can use your site while they are out and about.
AMP (accelerated mobile pages) and SEO (search engine optimization) are a must! Fast loading pages and easy to find are your best friends in online business.
Mark items off your Business Checklist!
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