Websites and the use of Social Media are a must have for any business, no matter how small. The fact of the matter is that having a
websites gives your business credibility. It lets your customers to get to know you, and it provides a place for your to strut your stuff. You are good at what you do, let the world witness it when you educate the world about what you do.
You may be thinking that as a startup, you have no need for a site, but I would encourage you to think about it again. Today, everyone is online, and if you neglect to create your presence there, you will miss out on a lot of opportunities. Now if you are not a big fan of technology, you may cringe at the thought of having to have a website, afterall, learning HTML & CSS is a whole new language to learn, and for some of us, one language is plenty.
I have great news for all of you tech lovers and those of you who are brand new to the the world of technology. You don’t have to be able to use HTML to build a website, and it is so simple, you can do it yourself . For the newbies, you may need to use some tutorials, but there are plenty out there to watch. I have learned so much of what I know simply by searching for tutorials online. In additon, there are great courses you can pay a fee for to help you with a website buildout.
Build Your Website in a Day
That may sound impossible to you, but I promise you that you can do the basic website in a few hours. Heck, installing a site takes only a matter of minutes if you have the right web host. I have two that I use and like both of them. The first one is Bluehost and the second is MomWebs . Both of those hosts use what is called a Cpanel, and that makes installing your website really easy. I guess I am getting ahead of myself, because I did not mention that I recommend you use WordPress.org
WordPress is what I am using for this site, and the other sites that I own. I have to tell you that a couple of years ago, I could never have believed that I would be building and managing my own website, to say nothing of several sites. I hope you will believe me when I tell you that installing WordPress is done with just a couple of clicks of your mouse.
Once you upload WordPress to your hosting company, you are up and running immediately . Here are the basic steps you follow when you want to create your site. The first thing you have to do is decide the name of your business. Then you purchase your hosting, it is usually sold by the year or multiple years. After you have purchased the hosting, I recommend that you purchase you domain form them. So first you buy your hosting, then your domain name.
The reason I am recommending that order is that if you purchase your domain name from your hosting company you can install WordPress immediately. If you purchase it elsewhere, it takes a couple of days for your website to become active. Domain names are competitively priced, so it really doesn’t matter much.
Once WordPress is installed, you will be given a user name and password along with the link to login. As soon as you do that, you are visiting your site for the first time. Then you can get about the business of actually building it. I know that can be intimidating, if you feel your are technologically challenged. Because of that, I will offer a webinar that you are welcome to sign up for. In it I am going to walk you through how you can start to build your website.
If you have installed WordPress, you can follow my example and build your site right along with me. If you have not set up your site yet, you can just watch and see how simple it is to use WordPress. If you are not comfortable installing WordPress, no worries, I can help you with that. Just send me an email and I will help you so that you can participate in the website webinar.