If you run a business online in any way, then you’re going to need a website. A website is going to help you when your clients come to check out how you can serve them and their needs.
A website is also going to be great for things like selling your own courses and programs, and even for offering things like webinars that will grow your email list. For example, things like team selling is becoming popular so you could offer webinars from your team that are hosted on your website.
The great thing about a website is that it doesn’t need to be complicated to make, so in this post we’re going to share with you just how build your own website even if you don’t know where to start.
How to Build a Business Website
Snag a domain for your website
There are only a few rules that you want to keep in mind when you are choosing your domain name and they are fairly easy to remember.
- Keep your domain name short and easy to remember.
- Don’t try to use anything clever – Keep it simple.
- Keep it relevant to your particular market.
- You want to try to include your product/service in the URL for SEO purposes.
- Always use dot com (.com) – it’s more professional.
The reasons for these rules are – many people get stuck at this point and spend hours and perhaps even days trying to come up with a name for their website.
This doesn’t have to be if you follow these 5 simple rules.
Keeping your domain name short, easy to remember, simple and relevant to your market helps your visitor to remember your website so they can come back to your site easily without racking their brain trying to remember where it is.
You will also discover that there are many different extensions for a domain name such as .com, .org, .info, .ws, .co, etc. etc.
The .com extension is more widely and commonly used and users are more familiar with it. Plus – it just looks more professional to potential clients.
It’s a universal extension to begin with so try your best to always use this instead of the others.
How to get a domain name:
Here you will need to create an account if you don’t already have one.
Just click on the “create an account” link and follow the online instructions.
Once you have an account – you can hover over the “domains” tab at the top left of the page and a drop down box will appear.
In that drop down box – select “Domain Name Registration”.
You will then be brought to a page that will allow you to type in a name to do a search to determine if that name is available.
In the search box – type the name of your niche that you chose earlier.
For example: I typed in “losingthepounds” (without the quotation marks)
Remember here – try to have a name that is relevant to the niche you are getting into.
Remember when we went through researching a profitable niche to get niche ideas?
Example: The “Losing Weight” niche – could be – “weightlossbasics”, or
something like, “countingcalories”, or maybe even “losingthepounds”.
These could be super niche ideas that you got from researching your profitable niche ideas – you know – the titles of some of those chapters we looked at.
I think you get the idea here.
Godaddy will then tell you whether or not that particular name is available.
If your name IS available – then continue with registering your domain name by proceeding through to the checkout.
NOTE: You will have the opportunity to choose how long you want your domain before renewing it. You can choose from 1 to 5 years. Choose 1 for now. Later on you can always choose 2 years or more.
As you proceed through to the checkout – Godaddy will make you many different offers. You don’t need these, so don’t buy any of them.
We are trying to make it as inexpensive for you as possible at this point so just keep continuing to the checkout.
Once you have bought and registered your domain name – Godaddy will send you an email with the information of your transaction.
You need to save and keep this in a safe place.
What I usually do is – I save it to my Desktop as a text (.txt) document in Notepad or Google Docs for the time being.
You now have a domain name and it’s YOURS!!
Getting a Hosting Account
After getting your Hosting account – you will begin to feel as though things are taking shape.
Just keep in mind that these steps are some of the basic web skills that are important and you will need to know and understand in order to get started with your online business correctly.
Now – like registrars – there are many different hosting companies that are available on the web for you to choose from.
With this said – I use Bluehost so we will refer to Bluehost in this post.
You will then be brought to the Bluehost homepage. Click on the “Get Started” tab near the middle of the page.
Okay – so far – so good…
You then will be brought to the web page that shows different web hosting plans. For now – all you will need is the “Basic” plan. However, if you want to start off on the right foot professionally, I highly recommend the choice plus plan as it also gives you domain privacy and a few extra features.
Once you’ve chosen a plan, you’ll need to insert your domain. Follow the steps to either claim a new domain or set up an existing domain you may already own.
The next part will ask you to complete your payment. Fill in your billing details and follow the prompts.
Note: Make sure you open the drop down menu and select your choice of a monthly payment. The $3.95/mo. is for 3 years – not 1 year so make sure you choose the right amount of years for yourself.
Continue through the order process filling in all your necessary information and finalize the purchase of your hosting account.
Bluehost will then send you an email with all your hosting account information. You will want to save this information in Notepad as a text (.txt) document and place it on your desktop or somewhere in a notebook for safe keeping.
Do not lose this information.
You can even save it to the text document that you saved earlier that contains your GoDaddy domain information.
This way – your registrar and hosting account information for your domain name are all in one place.
You now you have a Hosting account!!
It really is easy isn’t it?
Like I’ve said before – once you learn a skill – you will always know it. It will become a second nature for you to do.
Learning how to start an online business takes lots of work in the beginning but once you have it all set up – you never have to do it again.
It makes a whole lot of difference when you are shown how to get started, doesn’t it?
I am the type of person that needs to learn step-by-step but once I learn, I have got it down. That’s what made me decide to help by writing this post!