September 25, 2018
Today, we are going back to basics – website basics! If you’ve never had a website but are looking to launch one and don’t know the first thing about them, then this article was written with you in mind. So keep reading!
The first thing to consider is a domain name for your website. This is the URL address where people will find your website.
It’s best to come up with a few ideas for your domain name. Here are my tips for selecting a good one:
Once you have a few web addresses you like, look to see if they are available!
Found the perfect domain? Now it’s time to decide how your website will be built.
Here, you have two options:
There is a lot I could say about the pros & cons of a CMS versus a website builder. Perhaps, it will be a topic for a future post! For now, I’ll list a few pros and cons for each method.
In general, website builders are designed for those looking to DIY a website. Website builders come with everything you need to get a site launched quickly. You don’t need to know any coding therefore, it’s the easier way to build a website.
I personally love the ease of use that comes with a website builder but make sure you pick one that provides flexibility in design and integrates well with other tools. Above all, Showit is my go-to for custom web design projects.
The most well-known Content Management System for websites is WordPress. Here is a short list of my pros & cons for picking a WordPress website.
WordPress is now running over 30% of the internet and continues to be the go-to for building a website because of its versatility and limitless options.
If you opt to use a website builder, their fees include the hosting cost of your website. Plus, they may even include domain registration.
Otherwise, to set your website up using a CMS like WordPress you’ll need to find a company to host your site on their servers. There are many website hosting options to choose from.
For my WordPress websites, I’ve always used Bluehost and have been happy with their service and level of technical support. Heads up this is an affiliate link which means I do receive a commision if you sign up for hosting. So, thanks for supporting me if you do!
Also, Bluehost offers a very simple one-click Wordpress install process which makes it very easy to get started.
So, what do you need to consider when picking out a hosting package for your website? Here are my recommended must-haves:
On top of these, also consider if the following are important to you:
Whether you decide to build your own website or hire a designer to build it for you, it’s important to understand your options.
I’m Vanessa, a west coast Canadian girl obsessed with all things design who left her corporate gig to build websites for like-minded creative entrepreneurs. I’d love to help you too!
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