Choose a Content Management System (CMS)
A CMS (or Content Management System) is a website management solution that allows you to create a website that has the ability to update content from your website itself. The CMS is the backbone of your website.
There are three ways to create a website, of which the CMS is a type of website creation and management functionality.
The first way (also referred to as website creation) is to use a non-CMS website base template. Each website base template is basically a template that comes pre-loaded with the theme, layout, fonts, and CSS of your choice, and everything is ready for you to customize on your own. You can also create your own website base template, which involves creating a template based on your own design.
The second way is to use a template built based on a CMS. Using a template built based on a CMS is easier and faster than creating your own template. You only have to follow the instructions on how to properly install the CMS and you’re good to go.
The third way is to use a design created by a web design company. A design created by a web design company is similar to having one done by a graphic designer or a media consultant.
Then there’s the option of using a CMS. Nowadays, more and more website owners are choosing to use a CMS because they find it to be more practical and easier to use.
Get Web Hosting (WordPress Users Only)
Web hosting and domain names are a big part of setting up a site. If you want to set up a blog, business, website or even a portfolio site you are going to need a decent hosting plan. The awesome thing about WordPress is you can get hosting for free with the site's hosting plugin (WordPress is free and easy to use, however we will still cover this in the WordPress section so that you can still get WordPress started without having to worry about a web host).
To get setup with a host, you will need to purchase a domain name for your site as well if you don’t already own one. Some costs may be included to get your domain name so keep this in mind. You will need to add a hosting plan to your site when you purchased the domain name as well, however free options are out there.
Get a Domain Name
Although domain name registration is free, it’s a good idea to get one as soon as possible. Once it’s registered, there’s no need to constantly update your address. But if you want to, having your own web address looks professional and will also help you create an online presence.
To find the best domain name, simply search for what you’d like your website to be about, or check out what other businesses and organizations in your area are using.
For example, if you are a recreation center, you might want to browse through recent real estate listings to find businesses that may have used the words recreation or center in their domain names.
Alternatively, you can also use tool like Namebio. It automatically checks how popular your potential domain name is and how easy it is to remember.
Identify Your End Goal
Your end goal is to sell or rent anything you can to subject interested customers to your services.
Choose a Template (or Theme)
When choosing a website template (or theme) for your business website, there are basically three points to consider:
Size – You want the template to be optimized for your website’s content, to occupy less space on your website. Also, you don’t want to end up consuming a lot of memory, time and internet bandwidth by loading your website with too much a variety of web browsers.
The optimum size for your blog or business website would be right about 10,000 pixels. If you get bigger than this, you may loose all the detail & readability. If you get smaller than this, you may need to use extra space to incorporate a lot of information.
- Design – You want the design to be eye-catching, unique & visually appealing. You have to decide whether the template would fit your brand, and whether this is the right template design for your website. A failed website design decision can harm your brand or business image, so you’ve got to choose it carefully!
- Features – The features included in the template are a lot more helpful than you think. Most of these features are common to most business websites, but do consider the ones that are relevant for your business and your website.
Customize Your Site & Build Web Pages
Once you have a site, you can start adding web pages by clicking "edit" mode. A dark blue background will appear in the top left corner and you will see different options below.
Start by clicking "edit" and begin placing your first web page.
Review & Launch Your Small Business Website
Check the best website freelancers and web design companies to ensure that you have the best website and can start gathering leads on the web.
First, you need to establish a website dedicated solely to your business. It’s important to get your business name consistent throughout the web and on your business cards, but this is also an opportune time to create a brand for your company that you can utilize in the future. For this, you will want to have an attractive and eye-catching design that people will find appealing and gets your point across.
Deciding on a niche is a good idea to make sure that your potential customers are aware of your products or services. Additionally, owning a small business website will afford you more control over the information that is available to your customers. If you have tight control over the layout and the information you want to share, you can easily add more products and services to your small business website.
Whether your idea is to build your own website or start a new business, the important thing to find is a professional person that can help you to make your dreams come true.
The service that you need has to be easy to use, user friendly and above all, meet the needs of your business or organization that you want to build it for.
The most important factor to consider is how you need to manage your new site and how they serve the purpose of running your company.
Taking your own time to develop a website can be time consuming and if you are not experienced, it can be quite daunting.
That’s why you should keep these things in mind before beginning a new website: –
Be precise about what you need.
Clarify your objectives.
Define the purpose and your target audience.
Thoroughly research your audience.
Know how much service you can afford.
Decide on the technology that will be best for you.
Budget your funds.
Consider your needs carefully.
Be prepared to pay for something you need.
Avoid features that you do not need.