What do I need to start my website?

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Choose a Domain name

When starting your website, it’s important to secure your domain name early on. A domain name, such as upstatesc.net, serves as your unique web address on the internet, identifying your website to visitors.

At Upstate SC Web Design, we offer helpful tips on selecting the perfect domain name for your business, church, or nonprofit organization. Additionally, our domain name availability checker tool will assist you in finding the best available domain name to meet your needs.

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 choosing a web host, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research. Many cheap hosting providers oversell their services, leading to slow or unreliable website performance. You can depend on Upstate SC Web Design’s hosting services to be fast and reliable, which will help keep your website running smoothly.

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

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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.

At Upstate SC Web Design, we start you off with a free estimate so you know what to expect upfront. We are all about keeping things open and straightforward.

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

Text Copy & Images Selection

The content on your website is very important because it tells people what your business has to offer. You’ll need well-written descriptions for every product or service you offer. If your website has multiple pages, each one needs its own unique text. For instance, your homepage, About Us, FAQ, and Services pages each need distinct, informative copy. Additionally, if you’re running an e-commerce site, every product should have a clear and relevant description.

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.