5 Simple Steps To Starting Your Own Website

1. Secure Your Domain

Domains can be purchased at countless places on the internet. I suggest saving yourself a lot of headache and hassle by purchasing your domain from the same place you choose as your host.

2. Find The Right Host

Not all web hosting companies are created equal. It’s important to know the expectations for the website. It’s equally important to know the roadmap for the website.

  • Flywheel – Flywheel is the BEST!!!! I can’t say enough great things about their platform. They use Google Cloud Servers so sites are FAST. Nightly backups are taken and can be restored at any time. Customer support is second to none. If you’re serious about your website, you need Flywheel.
  • A2 Hosting – A2 Hosting is a company I used when I started getting clients. I had a reseller package and it served me well for a few years. A2 turbo is quick and not majorly expensive to start. It’s a great place to host a small business website.
  • Hostgator  – Hostgator is a great place to start a brochure website with few visitors. It’s very affordable to get started.  Hostgator uses cPanel, so it can be intimidating when jump in for the first time. Once you find your way around cPanel and understand the options you need to use it is fairly easy.

3. Decide on the Right Theme

We’ve spent thousands of hours researching and testing WordPress themes. We’ve tried X Theme (Pro), Avada, Jupiter, Divi and so many others.

 

Divi – Divi is the swiss army knife WordPress Theme.  If you know CSS, you can build anything with Divi. If you don’t know CSS, you can still build amazingly full features websites quickly. The Divi Builder is a best in class visual builder. We use it on all of our client sites.

 

X (Pro) – We used X throughout 2013-2014 and it served us well at that time. Cornerstone is a good visual builder, but was not even close to the Divi Builder when it came to features. If you see the demos and like them, X is a great theme to use.

Jupiter – We built quite a few sites using Jupiter from 2014 – 2016. Jupiter included Visual Composer (now WP Bakery).  Jupiter has now

4. Customize…Customize…Customize

As wordpress continues to evolve and the community surrounding it becomes more mature, we are armed with some very powerful tools. These tools help us speed up the setup process. This gives more time to focus on the things that matter most. Does the site design reflect your brand? Is everything 100% for your client? Are you happy with the placement of every character and image on the entire site.

5. Go Live

By now you have your domain secured, you’ve decided on a web hosting service, you’ve picked a theme and you are completely customized…now what? This takes things back to securing your domain. If you purchased your domain from the same place you are hosting the website, things become very easy depending on the web host you selected.

We would love to know your thoughts on these 5 steps to starting your own website.  Let us know in the comments below and we will reply. We appreciate your feedback.

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