Building a website is very important for anyone who wants to do business online from blogging to selling products and services. The point of this week’s website series is to bring you bite-sized bits of information surrounding a website.
Each day I will be giving you a new piece of information so that you can better understand what a website is and why it’s important for you to have a website. As the week goes on I will be updating this blog post with the latest video replay in case you miss the live broadcast on Periscope.
Day 1: Why you need a website?
Day 2: Domain names
Resource: Name.com for purchasing your domain name. You could get $5 towards your purchase using my affiliate link.
Day 3: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
Day 4: Themes
Resource: Divi (my affiliate link) is the theme I use and love! Best for the non-techie as it has drag and drop features.
Day 5: Web Hosting
Resource: SiteGround (my affiliate link) is by far the best service and support for web hosting. I’ve been using them for years and never had an issue that couldn’t handle. Check them out.
More website resources
How to snag your domain name
Learn how to get a snag the domain you want and the steps you can take if someone already has it. See “Snag Domain Name”
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
Building a website can be pretty complicated. I’m all about making technology Stupid Easy® That being said, here’s a few tips and a quick run down on getting started with a website.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
Basically, think of it as owning your own home (WordPress.org) vs renting (WordPress.com). The WordPress.org route means you are free to build what you like and add whatever you like (plugins – think of them like apps on your smartphone). WordPress.com however, is more restrictive and doesn’t allow for plugins. It will cost a bit more too because if something happens to your site you reach out to them vs WordPress.org it’s on you and your tech resources.
WordPress.org is the best route in most cases as it allows your site to grow as your business grows. It’s just intimidating to many, especially when starting out, as it can do as little or as much as you want. Think of it like your smartphone. It can do just the basics like make phone calls or it can be your portable computer.
So what should you expect to pay for a new website that is done through WordPress.org?
Here is an estimated cost break down
– Domain name ($5-20 average price going for $12.99) Here’s my referral link to Name.com
– Web hosting (starting at $4 a month so $48/yr) Here’s my recommendation again SiteGround
– WordPress theme free (not recommended) or higher. The one I use is Divi which is about $69/yr
– DIY route = your time which you can check out my WordPress made Stupid Easy® course
– Designer route = some will start around $500-$800 (really low)+
Also, if you are looking for more tips on WordPress check out my Pinterest.
Remember, take one thing at a time.
Good to know
- How fast does your website load? https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
- Customizing your website? Learn more about the importance of a child theme
- Create a mindmap to draft up your website: http://bubbl.us
- Shop for Themes
- My top WordPress theme pick is the Divi Theme
- Looking for more resources check out my Pinterest page
- Ninja Mockup (design/sketch out/ wireframe your ideas)
- Framework to build a responsive website (sketch/draft out your design)
- Best hosting service SiteGround (excellent support!)
- Homepage SEO
- SEO for Product pages
- Creating a Favicon to identify your website
- Setting up Google Analytics
Important: Do not use the name “Admin” for your username on WordPress. Admin is one of the easiest ways to get hacked. If you’re currently using “Admin” as your username go here to read how you can change your username today!
How to build your own landing page
If you are looking for ways to build your own landing page for a new product or service you want to offer check out my Stupid Easy® Landing Pages: Learn how to build a landing page on WordPress