Updated: Jun 26
Okay, so you want to start a website from scratch and you have absolutely no idea where to begin. Well, that’s why we’re here to help!
We decided to break down and simplify the process for you, in order for you to understand how simple it really is to start your website from scratch.
Things you need in order to build a website:
Decide on the purpose or goal of your website
Domain name (example, ourmindfulmarketing.com)
Website hosting (server that hosts your website)
To build a fully functional website, you’ll need a few things that you want to have set in place to ensure that your website is fully accessible to your clients.
1. What is the purpose or goal of your website?
A business website generally serves as a space to provide general information about your company or a platform for e-commerce. Whether you build a basic informational site or a more complex site such as an e-commerce website-- the most important thing for you to do is to state what your business does! And preferably on the Home Page! Don’t make your visitors have to search through your site to figure out what your business provides or sells.
2. Domain Name.
Your domain name is probably one of the most important features of your website. This is the URL that you will provide to potential clients and promote on social media, for example, ourmindfulmarketing.com. Therefore, you want this to be fun and catchy, yet, descriptive and memorable and you don’t want it to be too difficult or too lengthy. Try to keep it short and simple, and stay away from abbreviations or words and letters that may cause confusion to clients. Most domain names cost anywhere from $10 to $50 a year. A typical domain name may cost you about $15/year, however, most web hosting sites will provide the first year for free with the purchase of a premium hosting site.
3. Website Hosting.
Every website needs a host-- a server where all of your data is stored that is accessible to your visitors.
The type of host you choose will depend on your business model. For instance, a shared web host is one server which hosts multiple sites. A dedicated web host, which is significantly more expensive, ensures that you have your own dedicated server and you do not have to compete with other sites.
Click here to read more about hosting.
Once you decide on which hosting your business requires, you will need to decide on which platform to use.
Here is a list of some examples:
a. Wix (this is what we utilize)
e. Square Space
f. Host Gator