So you’re starting a new business or have a business but don’t have a website. Your first thought might be to shop around for a Web Designer.
Don’t do it!
I am a Web developer. You’re probably wondering why in the world that I would be telling you that you don’t need me.
It’s true. You don’t. It’s quite simple to do yourself.
With the tools that are out there right now, you can get a website up and running in less than a day’s work.
Here’s what you need:
1. A Web hosting account. There are plenty of places that will tell you to just build a site on their platform and let them host it for you for little or no money. The problem is that you lose flexibility and in many cases, you’re not considered the owner of the content you create. A quality Web hosting account costs from $100 – $400 per year. It’s worth every penny. Here’s the one I use and highly recommend: HostMonster
2. A domain name. Ideally, you want “yourbusinessname.com”, but it can be anything you want, really. After you purchase your domain name, which should be from $10 – $15 per year, you’ll just configure it to point to your hosting account. I use 1and1 for all my domains.
3. WordPress. Most hosting providers have an automated installation feature for a WordPress site. You simply give it a username and password and it installs or for you. Voila! Instant website. The hosting provider I mentioned (HostMonster) has a simple click and install feature that’ll get you up and running in minutes!
4. Time. The next step is just taking the time to pick a design template and create the content for your website. You can set up a simple, one page template, or create several pages and even a blog. The only limit is your imagination.
That’s really all there is to it. The only reason to hire a Web Designer is if you can’t find the exact design your looking for. And they need to create a custom one.
And the only time you’d need to hire a developer, like me, is when you need your website to DO something and you can’t find a plugin that will handle it for you. A developer can go in and create a custom plugin to do exactly what you need.