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Web Design 101:

Getting Started

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WEB DESIGN 101:  Getting Started

Are you in need of a website but not sure where to start?
Follow these 3 simple steps on how to get started.

FINDING A DOMAIN NAME

1. Pick a domain name (website name). There are quite a few domain search websites but my personal and most reliable website to find out if your domain names available would be godaddy.com – You can type your name of choice and pick the ending (whether you want .com, .net, or your own . something) and see if it is available for purchase. The more generic or popular the name is the smaller the chance it is available OR available at a reasonable price. Shoot for the stars but be realistic if you want to name your company blue jeans and wish to purchase bluejeans.com, the chances are going to be slim to none that it is still available and if it is, the price is going to be astronomically high (think $5,000+). Don’t let this get you down search for your domain name wisely. If it is taken, try other ways to say it, bluejeans.com maybe $50,000 but bluejeansboutique.com may only be $14.99. Play-on-words is key to get the best price options and availability for your name.

PURCHASING WEBSITE HOSTING

2. Once you purchase your domain now you will want to purchase web hosting. Hosting is a server your website lives on, essentially it is the space your rent out monthly to park your website on like a brick & mortar shop rents a store front, websites rent server space. You cannot have a live website without hosting. If you are a client of mine, I am very particular about the hosting I refer my clients to use. I only design websites off WordPress so I require my clients to purchase a WordPress hosting package from godaddy.com. They have very reasonably priced packages. However, some hosting platforms can run up to $100s of dollars opposed to the $3-20 WordPress hosting I use. This price range is due entirely on the size of your website. Obviously if you have a $50,000 website you will need more space on a server than a $600 website would need, just like Bloomingdales rent is cheaper than a coffee shops.

PICKING A CMS

3. Pick a web programmer and if you are a programmer, pick your website content management system (CMS) you wish to build your website off of. There are many CMS options from Shopify to Squarespace or building your own html file from scratch if you know j-query and javascript. My go-to CMS is WordPress. WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in a PHP file, if you aren’t a nerd like me, PHP is basically the easiest way to create a powerful website without speaking the entire geek language. It only requires you to be proficient in the computer languages named CSS & Html not all the computer programming languages in existence. If you are computer savvy it truly is the best and most efficient way to build a beautiful cohesive website. I will explain more about why I love wordpress and how to use it in may next post. There are a lot of crooks out there so try to become well verse before you sign up with anyone.

WEB DESIGN 101: GETTING STARTED

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