Most businesses need a website today: large, small or home business for marketing and name recognition. Some individuals want their own website to showcase accomplishments, resumes or pictures of family. This checklist walks through the basics involved with domain names, web hosts, design, and publishing a site.
- A domain name has 2 parts: the left side is a second level name – IBM, Microsoft, and Apple are examples.
- The right side is a top-level domain. .Net, .Com, .Org, .Edu and .Gov are common top-level domains, though many others exist.
Second level names should be descriptive or represent an idea. Simple and brief is best with minimal special characters.
Check availability of domain names using companies like Network Solutions, GoDaddy or Register.com.
Register the domain name with a domain name registrar. GoDaddy charges $11.99 per year for registering a domain.
Select a Web Host
A web host is a service that provides virtual storage for your website. Web hosts also provide access to the Internet so your website is seen by others. Click here for a list of top 10 hosting providers.
Research different hosting types and select a host that meets your needs and budget.
Some key elements for web hosts may be:
- Amount of space needed. This may be the number of pages, files, pictures, etc.
- Bandwidth. Bandwidth measures the amount of traffic (visitors) a website can handle.
- TOS. Terms of Service varies by web host provider. Some may not allow adult content or material that is not original.
- Technical support. A good web host has knowledge technicians available 24×7 to help with the most basic questions.
- Price. Shop around for the best deal. Google search for web hosts to compare pricing.
- Reliability. Strive for 99% uptime. A down website will not sell product or services.
- Options. This includes a secure shopping cart if the website sells a product or service.
Design the Site
Choices here include: self-design, a template provided by the host or a web designer for hire.
Determine how you want the website to look: casual, contemporary, professional or artsy.
Research the Internet for website templates that fit the design you want.
Add and create the content. Many hosts and sites allow drag and drop editing to simplify design.
WYSIWYG. What you see is what you get. What shows on the design page is identical to what is published.
Publish the Site
After the design and content are complete, publish the website. Publishing allows a website to be available publicly on the Internet. Web hosts will provide a simple publishing option.
Once published, a website is on the Internet forever. The site may not be active, but the page(s) will remain in cache for a long, long time. Don’t publish anything that others shouldn’t see. Drunken fraternity or sorority pictures from your college days may haunt you in future years.
By Dion D Shaw
Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
Homepreneurs. New Day. New Opportunity.
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