What do I need to start my website?

choosing domain name

Choose a Domain name

In the early stages of developing your website, it’s a great idea to reserve your domain name. The address used to identify your website on the Internet is called a domain name. A domain name example is yourbusiness.com.

We have some tips on picking a domain name and a domain name availability checker to help you find the best domain name for your business, church, or non-profit organization.

Select Your Web Hosting

You will need a place to store your newly-designed website. Web hosting refers to the server on which your website resides.

When deciding on a web host, it’s important to do some research. Many low-cost hosting providers oversell their services, which can cause your website to perform slowly or unreliably.

Additional information can be found on our web hosting services page.

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website designer

Finding a Web Designer

Finding a web designer is the third phase in the web design process. Find a web designer who provides a free estimate. If the price estimated is higher than you anticipated, you might want to get more than one quote for your website. Make sure the web designer you select is responsive to your inquiries and upfront about pricing.

On their website, the web designers should to have examples of their previous work available for you to look at. You can get a sense of their clients and potential references from this.

Additional information on web design can be found on our services overview page.

Text Copy & Images Selection

One of the most important parts of your website is the content. You’ll need to describe the products or services that your business offers. If you have a multi-page website, you will need text copy for each page. For example, you’ll need text for the home page, about us, frequently asked questions, and perhaps a services page. E-commerce websites will need descriptions for each of your products.

Descriptive text can help your website rank on Google. The keywords you use to describe your business are a big part of search engine optimization. Most web designers also offer copywriting services for an additional fee if you need help with some of your content.

It’s best to use unique images for your business that show what you do. In some cases, that’s not easy, and stock photos are an option.