01 | Choose Your Domain Name
The first step in starting a website is picking your domain name. The domain name for your biz is crucial in establishing a well rounded brand. Think carefully of the name you choose. Is it memorable? Does it contain SEO friendly keywords? Can your business grow with it? Once your heart is set on a name, check if it’s available. GoDaddy or Google Domains are good places to buy your domain from. Prices for domain names are usually around $10-$20 per year.
02 | Choose a Host
After you’ve purchased your domain name, you need to purchase a hosting plan. You do not need to use the same company for hosting as you did for your domain, but sometimes it’s easier to do it all in one place. Your hosting package may be billed monthly or annually – prices depend on the level package you choose.
03 | Choose a Platform
After you choose a hosting plan, you’ll need to decide what platform you want to use for your website.WordPress is one of the most popular and diverse platforms. Keep in mind some platforms have hosting already built in. If you want to hire a professional website designer, you may want to find out what platforms they have experience with.
04 | Hire a Designer
When looking to hire a website designer, it is so important to find someone that you feel matches your aesthetic. Make sure the designer has a great portfolio and be sure to read through their testimonials. You may want to reach out to one of their clients to ask how their experience was. Also be sure to find out about the designer’s policies for payment, cancellations, scheduling, availability etc.
05 | Plan and Prepare Your Content
Now that you’ve found an amazing designer to create your website, you’re going to have some homework to do. You will need to consider navigation structure, content strategy and also begin sourcing imagery. You may want to reach out to use a professional copywriter to help you with some of the more important pages of your site.
06 | Ready, Set, Launch!
Before your new site launches, you should thoroughly review every page and check for any last minute fixes. Step up your marketing plan with some sneak peeks of your new site and counting down to launch day.