Know what it takes to make a website.
Even if you have someone building your website, it is really helpful to know how to make one.
It is much easier than it ever was to build your own website. Whether to build it yourself is a decision that you have to make. There are many things to consider. First is time. The learning curve is quiet steep with building a website. Yes there are a lot of tools out there however many of them lack the essentials needed to really take advantage of a website. If you just want a static website then it is just a calling card, something to put on your business card. However static websites do not lead to much business. Websites need to be active. Making an active website that leads to business is a different thing & needs time & expertise devoted to it. You need to decide how much of your time should be sensible spent on the technical site of building your website & what you should be paying someone else to do.
There are so many different platforms to build websites on & you first need to decide that. WordPress.com is hugely popular but be aware there are two types (the .com & the .org) & you need to see which is best for you. There are also many others including Joomla! Ask yourself if the platform you choose is right for you now & in the future. There are many resources out there however you can save yourself a lot of time & frustration by spending some money on a professional web designer. It will most probably save you time & money in the long run.
- Choose your domain name & setup the nameservers.
- Choose your hosting provider.
- Choose your platform & upload it to your server.
- Build your website.