Many businesses nowadays are following the trend of building their own website. Why is this? According to beamlocal, there are 5 reasons why a business needs a website:
- Having a website will attract new customers to your business and make you more money.
- Add instant credibility to your business simply by having a website.
- It’s not as hard, or as expensive, as you think.
- Having a website will end up saving you time.
- Position yourself and stay in control of your brand.
It’s undeniable that everything falls within the reasons presented and I agree as well. To add, in my opinion, one of the reasons is that business owners need their own website is to establish identity and to keep up with the trend of technology. With how fast technology is evolving, as a business enterprise, may it be small, medium, or corporation, they need to present themselves and they don’t want to be left behind. No business owner wants to be in the last spot of the competition. Even non-profit organizations invest time and money to create an identity and online presence through a website.
So, as a business owner or an individual, it is very important that you know how to build and design your own website. Here are the easy steps that you need to know.
Get a Domain name
You need to get a domain name for your website. Now, what is a domain? A domain name is an address where Internet users can access your website. A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. A good example of this is twitter.com or facebook.com. In simple terms, the domain name would be how you will call your website.
There are a lot of sites that offer affordable domain names like NameCheap, Bluehost, or SiteGround. Just visit their sites, enter the domain you want, add to cart, or purchase them right away. Easy right?
Select a good web host or a web hosting service provider
This next step is very important in building your website. You need to select a good host for your website. A host is a place where the parasite lives. Just kidding, but, mind you, it has an almost similar description.
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored, on special computers called servers. When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
Meaning, this is a place where you store the files of your website, like, images, documents, etc.
Relatively speaking some of the domain name merchants or providers offers hosting services for your websites, like the previously mentioned, NameCheap, Bluehost, SiteGround, etc. You just need to select the hosting package that fits your website needs. Once you find the right package and purchased it, you can then start building your website.
Know the framework or Content Management System (CMS) that you want to use
It is important to know and understand what framework you are going to use in building your website. If you don’t know what that means, you may need to ask for professional help.
As for me, I recommend using WordPress. This is a robust and easy to use CMS in building and designing your own website. You may download the WordPress CMS through their website, WordPress.org or you may choose to use the hosting service provider helper tools to install WordPress on your website.
Establish your brand
Why is this important? It is very important that you know what your website represents. The products or services that your company provides should be present on your website.
This includes your logo, theme colors and everything that represents your website. As for the design template of your website, there are a lot of templates available in the WordPress resources which are free. You can also purchase templates that match your business and design styles.
Deploy your website
Now that we have the look and the feel of your website, you may now deploy your website. It means that you are now live and you are nowready to cater your clients’ needs.
Disclaimer: These steps are the basic things that one needs in building your own WordPress website. This may not necessarily be similar in your own style of building a website as there are a lot of ways to do it.