Hello and welcome to another blog. For the ones who don’t know me, I go by the name Kev the Dev. I am a self-taught developer with going on 2 years of web development experience. I enjoy building websites and I use a “mobile-first” approach when doing so. I read an article on smallbusinessweb.co that stated: “40% small businesses worldwide did not have a website for themselves“. I have been speaking for a while to family, friends, and strangers alike, that having a website for your business is crucial to the success of it. Having thought about getting one and actually going through the process is another. I want to help make things easier for you, I have a 5 step process that will help you when getting started with putting your business online. If you follow these steps in conjunction with your own due diligence, this process will run smoothly for you.
Step 1: Have a company name…and stick with it!
As obvious as this step may be, oftentimes I find people spending forever and a day on deciding their company name. The best advice I can give you in relieving yourself of such a headache, is to think of what your company is about or what service or products will your company provide? Tie that with STRONG words that describe your personal values.
Step 2: Get a Domain (web address…you know the www thing).
For ones who have made it passed the company naming will then arrive at this stop. Here you have to now see if the name you have given is available (small fee associated) for the worldwide web. Think of a domain being this, you and your family move into a new house in a new neighborhood. Your home address (aka DOMAIN NAME) will serve as an identification of where your home is EXACTLY in the world. If your company name is unique enough, there is a possibility that you will have it available. If not, you will have two options: either buy it from the owner or settle for a twist in the name, followed by a .co, .site, .org, .web, .ninja…the list goes on (-_-).
Step 3: Choose a Web Hosting Provider.
You have your awesome company name and you have noticed that your name was available for use on the web, now it is time to hunt for a web hosting provider. Think of a web host as this, you and your family are now in that new home and have a street address. At the end of each month, you have to pay utilities (aka Web Host) to keep your home up and running Just like we all are most charge with the painstaking task of finding a cell phone carrier, this works the same. Lucky for you I did a little bit of the heavy lifting: these are a list of top web host providers 2019.
Step 4: Choose to build your website from scratch or use a Web Builder.
Up to this point, we have got the company name established, it was available for use on the web, we have also locked in our web host provider, so now it is time to decide whether we are going to take a crack at this thing by building the website from scratch (I will share that in another blog later) or using a website builder. I will be the first to say “Build a website either from scratch or use WordPress”, but I am a bit bias :-). Here I have provided a list of top website builders that can get you up and going fast! Of course, I had to leave with knowledge about or services. I want to first say that I am not against website builders. I honestly find them to be convenient and affordable. I have helped many clients with using their website builder and that is the first point I want to make about them. Using a page builder is indeed “convenient and affordable”, but they come with some headaches. The first thing is that it is a bit of a learning curve when using a website builder. These commercials will lead you to believe you can be up in running in seconds…yeah right! If you are quick with your website and using a builder, it will show quickly! Next issue, is that it adds too little flexibility as it relates to full customization control of your website. Also, it gives you too much bloat (extra features needed and not) to your website, thus resulting in major load speed issues. As enticing as this may sound, the best course of action is to seek a professional. If you made it this far, it has shown your dedication to your business and its future, let my team help get you going online. Follow this link and let us know about your business needs. Until next time readers “Code on!”
Inspirational Coding Quotes:
“How you look at it is pretty much how you’ll see it”