This post is all about the important things you need to know before you build your business online as designing or developing a website.

Buying hosting

What is web hosting?

Storage space and access for websites.

Where should I buy web hosting?

That depends on what type of online business you are making. Are you offering a service? Then you can use shared hosting and create a website on wordpress.org – this is not wordpress.com.

Are you selling things online? Then you will want eCommerce hosting. This costs more money.

Best affordable shared hosting options: Greengeeks.com $2.49 a month for 2 years up front payment.

Best eCommerce web hosting: Shopify is $29 a month.

Buying a domain

What is a domain?

A domain name is the address of your website that people type into the URL bar to visit your website. You will want to buy your domain name for around $1 to $15. Make sure to keep a good credit card on file since you will be charged for your domain onc every year by your registrar.

How do I pick a good domain?

  • Keep your domain name short.
  • Stick with .com.
  • Use keywords in your domain name search.
  • Make it easy to pronounce and spell.

One benefit of having a unique domain name – it adds credibility to your business and separates you from the millions of other websites out there.

Starting up on a budget: Did you know that one years worth of a free registered domain name comes with your hosting purchase?

Installing your SSL Certificate.

What is an SSL and why do I need one?

Your SSL or encrypted data key makes sure that all your website’s visitors connections are secure.

Most hosting offers a free SSL included with their monthly rates. Be sure to ask about whether a free SSL certificate is included when you go to purchase your hosting.

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

Fun fact! You don’t need to know html to build an awesome website.

Technology has come a long way in the last decade. And software developers have made it easier than ever for web designers to connect and build their websites as a beginning web designer. 

Here is a list of the most popular website builders:

  • Squarespace – Pre-packaged page builder / some customization possible.
  • Wix – drag and drop templates.
  • Weebly – WSYWIG (What you see is what you get)
  • Shopify – WSYWIG Shopify theme builder / some code customization with online partners.
  • Elementor – WordPress drag and drop templates.

Make sure to do your own research online to make sure you choose the best website builder for your online business. I’ve listed each option below for reference and pricing info.

Click on an icon to see what each has to offer you.

Highlight: Design a website for your business. Create your online presence all on your own.

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