These days, most businesses and services need to be accessible via the internet in order to be available for the customers and therefore, successful.
Of course, we are talking about building bussiness websites, not just blog sites. If the client, actual or potential, cannot find a business when searching via Google or other engines, the absence of a website seems almost suspicious today. It seems to the customers, perhaps the business has no money to pay to build a website or perhaps the business is not that good and its employees cannot make a decent website. The thought, “How can I get any information about this business at all” preoccupies the customers.
However, one of the main reasons why some businesses fail to maintain a good and informative website immediately is a widespread opinion that making a website is a very long, complex, time-, effort-, and money consuming process. Despite the fact that tons of businesses – banks, food deliveries and other entertainment businesses have websites. Most newbies in the business sphere, especially if they are not specifically into technology, believe a website is hard and costly. So at last one should tell them that no, it is not.
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How to Make a Website Yourself
If one goes and tries to order a website from a web design company, the most probable cost he/she will be given for a simple website is starting from $1000. Most newbie businessmen really get shocked by this price, because they need finance to develop their business, maintain documentation, buy resources and provide services, pay for advertisement, at least. Not many of them have a spare $1000, and even if they do, not many of them are ready to give that money right away for a thing they are not sure if they need.
But in reality, about 50% of all websites in the world are not coded manually and customized specifically. Pssst, here’s a secret – more than a half of the world’s websites are constructed with the help of such services as WordPress and Wix. We suggest WordPress as we are used with and WordPress has really lot of users, lot of free plugins enough good like paid.
Using WordPress is very easy, because:
- it is cheap;
- it is intuitively comprehensive;
- you can always ask on the support forum;
- you don’t have to code anything manually;
- there are loads of guidelines and manuals for WordPress;
- these websites are readily functional, easy to use and maintain.
Some of our readers ask us to write about special type of adult entertainment business websites, such as casino listing sites (like online casino hosting sites, not game hosting), adult photo sites etc. Can example website build with WordPress? Yes. It is only about using some WordPress plugins to create landing pages, home pages with content boxes. Adult photo sites has no difference with normal photo hosting sites. Both niche, however needs the webhost to allow the particular niche of websites.
In general, for any type of bussiness website, the list of product and services should be easy to find. Consumers probably dislike too many choices. Complex, hard to navigate websites can deter the customers.
What to Begin with?
We suggest to start from buying a domain, that is, a web address for your website. Technically speaking, one can not buy a domain, like forever, one can only rent it from the companies that provide the domain services. Brand new domains versus a “second hand” domain has matters of cost to seek a particular desired name. Just but make sure it was not connected to problem issues in the past.
Some domains like ending with special domain extensions (such as dot pro) can be more expensive than the others, so one have to research a bit and decide what kind of domain one really needs. Then simply can go and rent it. The rent is usually provided for one year, two, or more.
Is dot com superior than the rest? In general, it is. Average internet users tend to forget other domain extensions. Country level domain (like .us, .in) can be equal like that of dot com for a country’s audience.
Another matter is name with www or not www. One can go with non-www version as main site and redirect www version towards the non-www. Average internet users tend to append www before the domain name.
Then one needs to go and buy (rent) the hosting, that is, the basis, the data storage, and SSL certificates for the website. These services are often provided by the same companies that sell domains. One can contact the support team if not sure what one needs. There are some technical nuances on this stage, like SSL certificate activation, but generally, if one is patient, all this can be done pretty quickly.
What to Read Next?
After one have a domain and chosen hosting, can install the web server software, download WordPress, install and start constructing own website like a Lego toy. One should probably watch some tutorials (videos are better and more helpful in this case then text manuals, so going towards YouTube is practical). Most probably will do something wrong at first, but remember that everything can be fixed. So, if to think about it, making your own website is not that hard, and you don’t need to pay $1000. We have many articles including the latest How to Make Money With a Blog For the Beginners, which points out the essential technical steps for building a professional website with official email address. Of course, we have detailed guides on this website on how to install Apache web server or install SSL certificate. Technical part if wanted to be avoided doing own self – these services are often provided by the web hosts for an extra fees. One can contact the support team if not sure what one needs or can hire a freelancer.
The website is not only for the company, but also for the potential customers. Online reviews are trusted as personal recommendations. That can be managed with WordPress Plugins.