If you’re just starting out in business and aren’t yet making money, then it probably isn’t the best idea to drop thousands on a fancy website – not at the beginning, anyway.
Building your own website is actually pretty easy to and although it may come as a surprise, you really don’t need to be a designer, know coding, or have any major tech skills to create a simple, but effective DIY website for a very affordable price.
If you are considering building your own website, but you don’t know where to start, then here are a few tips to help you get started and on your way to getting your business online so you can focus on getting paying clients and actually helping people the way you want to.
A domain name:
A domain name is basically the address that people use to find you, and that you use daily when looking for websites. So, for example, if your business is going to be run under your name, then your domain name would be: www.yourname.com. Domain names are very cheap to buy and there are a lot of providers who offer this. Typically you’ll buy one for a few dollars that can be renewed after 1, 2, or 5 years.
A hosting account:
This is basically a place for your domain name to live and allow it to actually be seen when someone types it into a search bar or Google. Like a domain, hosting is very affordable and easy to come by. A lot of providers offer both so you can get your site up and running quickly.
CMS stands for content management system, and typically for seo purposes, Google favours websites that are built on WordPress.org for this. A content management is not as complicated or technical as it sounds, and is simply where your website can be made look the way you want. WordPress is a free, open source platform that you can download and connect with your domain name and hosting to customise your website.
Themes are used to give your website the design and layout of your choice, and many of these are drag and drop, so you simply add content, such as images, pages and posts to enable you to get your message out and market online to the people who will hopefully become your longtime customers and clients.
Building a website is actually very easy to do, and really doesn’t require much to get started, so you can now take these tips and build your website today. There are an endless amount of tutorials and resources available online to help you make this process as simple as possible, so there’s really nothing stopping you from creating something that you and your customers will love, and that won’t cost you a small fortune.
Whether you’re a complete beginner to building a website or you already know how to code and design, we hope that these tips will help point you in the right direction.