You have your business idea and you need a website. Now what?
There is a ton of information out there on how to build your own website, there is a ton more of companies that can do this for you. But regardless of whether you are building your website by yourself or handing it off to someone else, there are a few things that you need to know before you start.
Now remember, these are the steps that need to be taken. We provide no specific instructions on how exactly to do each one of them — here. Contact us and we will let you know EXACTLY what you need to do for each one of these, I mean we will give you STEP BY STEP instructions on where to go, what to do, what are your options — the whole shabang — completely FREE of charge for you. Yes, we are that good!
In 7 Steps
1. Get Hosting
Hosting is the place where you keep your website. It is usually provided by a hosting company. While it’s possible to build a website on your personal computer, you need to move it online in order for everyone to see it. So the first thing you’ll want to do is find a Web hosting provider.
2. Reserve a Domain Name
Domain name is what people type in their browser to get to your website. Although you don’t need a domain name to put up a website, it’s recommended you get one. A domain name provides extra branding for your site and makes it easier for people to remember the URL.
3. Plan Your Website
This is the step where you lay out on paper what you want your site to look like. For this, you need to know: type of site (news, information, product, etc.), content (what information you will have on your site, whether it is static or dynamic), structure, navigation, etc.
4. Build Your Website and its Pages
In order to have a complete website, you need to build all of its web pages. Working on one page at a time is the best approach here. In order to do this, you need to be familiar with the design basics, HTML language, CSS, FrontPage, PageMill, Dreamweaver or other website editors, PHP, Ruby on Rails, or other scripting languages, etc.
5.Publish Your Website
This one is easy. You simply need to transfer your pages to the hosting provider you set up in step 1. This is usually done with an FTP client or tools that come with your hosting service.
6. Promote Your Website
In order to attract traffic to your website, you need to promote it through search engine optimization (SEO). In general, if your website is built well, it ranks well in search engines. This is difficult, but it is inexpensive and can result in good results if you work at it.
7. Maintain Your Website
This is the boring job of updating your website in order to keep it going well and looking good. Testing your site as you’re building it and then after it’s been live for a while is important. And you should also work on content development on a regular basis.
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