What do you need to do to get started?
We’ve gathered together some quick notes to help get your website up and running as well as info about the cost to get online with iDesigns. It’s not rocket science but it does help to plan ahead and make sure you’ve covered all your bases. Below we’ll talk about registering your domain name through to why we use a content management system on all our sites.
Before we can start work on your site and the installation of your content management system you will need to register your own domain name (for example www.idesignwebsites.online). Choose a name that relates to your business. These can be purchased for as little as $12 a year from Ventra IP.
You will also need a hosting account for your web site to sit on so that the world can see all your hard work. You can pick up a hosting account for as little as $70 a year (less than $6 a month) from iDesign Websites or you can try one of the other great providers on the market. Once you have both of these sorted the fun can begin. We are quite happy to step you through this process either by phone or via email, just ask.
We will then install the content management system on the server that is hosting your domain name and start constructing your website. We use a content management system because it gives you, the user, so much more control over your website than a traditional html website once we’ve handed it over. Creating new pages, changing your content, adding extra functionality through plugins, are all possible through a web browser with no special software required. You can even change the total look of your site by changing the theme. (This is a little more complicated and we wouldn’t recommend doing it on a live site. We can show you how to set up a test site where you can play around until you have the new look exactly the way you want it)
Next we construct your pages and menu system. Your 4 pages can be anything you want, for example, a Home Page, an About Page, a Products Page and a Contact Page. Each page can include up to 3 images and as much text as you like. You are responsible for writing your own content and sourcing your images. Don’t rush it. Take your time to get it right and you’ll be glad you did. Writing great content that helps you get found on search engines takes time. Check out our BLOG to find some great tips on SEO (Site Engine Optimisation). You don’t need to spend big dollars to get professional results.
Once your pages are constructed and you’re happy with them, full payment is required. Upon receipt of your payment your site will go live and you’re off and running. It’s not a complicated process and we’ll do everything we can to make it as painless as possible. We also include one hour free tuition to help you find your way around the content management system. You have 4 weeks after your site goes live to organise your free instruction. After that we are more than happy to help you but there will be an hourly fee.
So that’s it! The Cliff notes version of getting yourself online. We love new clients and would love to chat with you about your future site. Remember, advice is always free and we’re always happy to answer any questions that people have. Don’t get ripped off through ignorance. Contact iDesigns today and let’s start building your site!