Checklist for Starting a Website

Checklist for Starting A Website – Everything You Need on Your To-Do List

Starting a website can seem like a daunting task. However, you can make it much less daunting by being clear on the exact steps that need to be taken in order to get your site up and running. By breaking the project down into smaller steps, you can then focus on each one rather than being overwhelmed by the size of the entire project.

Whilst every website is going to be different in some way, there are common steps for building any type of site. Below are the 6 items that should be on your checklist when starting a new website.


To-do List for Starting a Website


Think of a Company Name – This is vital. A company name is one of the most important parts of branding. An ideal company name should be short and memorable whilst giving an indication of the products or services you offer. You should spend a good amount of time brainstorming your company name until you think of one that you’re completely happy with.

Purchase a Domain Name – Once you’ve thought of a perfect name for your website, you’ll then want to purchase the domain name i.e. yoursite.com. It’s a good idea when brainstorming names for your company, to check whether the main domain extensions such as .com .co.uk and .net are available.

There are many domain registrars to choose from when purchasing your domain name. GoDaddy is one of the most popular but any registrar will enable you to purchase your domain name easily. When purchasing your domain name, you’ll be given the option for how long you want to own it. Generally, the longer you choose to own it, the cheaper it will be.

Set up Hosting – Hosting is essential for any website. It is the server where the files that make up your site will be stored online. Obviously it’s very important to choose a reliable host who’ll ensure minimal downtimes for your site.

There are many excellent hosting companies out there for you to choose from. You should explore your options and pick a hosting package that’s affordable whilst also providing you with everything you need. A lot of hosting packages will come with free live chat support and website building tools as well as ecommerce options.

Building the Site – Once you’ve bought your domain name and purchased hosting, you’ll then need to build the website. This is going to be the meat of the project so you should be very clear on exactly how you want to have the site built.

The three main options for building your website are:

a. hire a web designer to build it from scratch
b. Install WordPress on your hosting and purchase a theme
c. use one of the many website builders that are available such as Squarespace and Weebly

Which option you choose will depend on the type of site you’re building although website builders offer the greatest amount of flexibility for the lowest price, so they’re worth strongly considering.

Add Content to the Site – Once your website it built, you’ll then want to add content to it. The type of content you’ll add to your website will obviously depend on the type of site it is. For ecommerce websites, adding the content will consists of making product listings. For information-based website then the content you add will be in the form of blog posts and articles. It’s always a good idea to work on the content whilst the site is being built so that you can have it ready to add as soon as the site it live.

Integrating Other Channels – The last step in building a website is to ensure that it’s integrated with any social media channels or blogs that you have. This will help you to grow all aspects of your business and provide a seamless experience for visitors to your website.

 
 

Review by Mark Knowles Last Updated 6th May 2014

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