Need to set up a professional website or blog, but are not sure where to start? It can be easy to feel overwhelmed about what to do as all kinds of questions may begin piling up. To help you get started, we’ve outlined a few simple steps that are so easy to follow, you’ll wonder what you were worried about.

How to Set up a Website

  • Establish your Business or Blog Concept ~ once you have your business or blog concept ready to go, you can start setting up your professional web-presence.
  • Choose a Domain Name ~ short, simple and easy to remember. Keep it inline with your business name or blog goals. (This is always the hardest part for us, feel free to ask family and friends for feedback or seek out professional advice). Average Domain Price: $10 to $15 per year.
  • Find a Hosting Provider ~ check out these Hosting Links for great options. When reviewing your options, make sure the host you choose is current and up-to-date with the web. Average Shared Hosting Price: $6 to $10 per month.
  • Install Your Website Management System or Platform ~ choose the content management system software that you want and that meets the goals of your business (i.e. WordPress or Magento). Most hosts have a simple install script program that you can use. It’s easy to do and takes only minutes to complete. This is usually free with a hosting account.
  • Design Your Website ~ find a designer to help you to establish your business brand, design a logo, and create a custom website design that will help your business to be successful online.
  • Add Your Content and Share it With Everyone ~ optimize your website’s SEO with proper keywords and keep a blog to help add content and information to your website.

Getting started with building your website is really a piece of cake! Once you’ve followed the first few steps, if you decide you’d like a custom template or design for your new website, take a look at our Design Process to see what’s in store for your custom design from start to finish. There you’ll find all kinds of information on working with a web developer and designer. While it’s geared toward our own design process, it’s a great overview of generally what to expect and it has a few tips too!