Building a website yourself is now very doable and a lot easier than you think. No coding experience is necessary and you can even build a good-looking and perfectly functional site for less than £6.00 a month!
If you have the time available, follow the steps outlined below and you will soon have your own unique website up-and-running in no time!
Brand and objectives
- What are the key objectives that you need to achieve?
- How can your site help?
- What do you want your brand to stand for?
You will need to know this before deciding on content, name, or design. For example, if your objectives are to drive sales, then your site should focus on this and support an e-commerce function or online shop.
Register your domain name
A domain name is your online identity and it can say a lot about you or your business. When it comes to choosing your domain name, ideally it should be the name of your business or be focused around the services/products you have to offer.
Check out our tips on choosing the right domain name.
Get your content organised
A website’s success is heavily reliant on content. You will need to review any existing content, together with options for creating more opportunities. How can they be combined in order to appeal to your audience? It is worth investing some time in reviewing your competitors’ websites and identifying what they do well in terms of content – and what you could do better!
Choose a website builder
There’s a huge range of website building software available. Choosing the right website builder for you is essential. A particularly popular approach taken by many of today’s tools is that of a simple ‘drag-and-drop’ interface. This enables you to drag various elements onto your pages and to view your site in a preview mode which shows exactly how it will appear when you make it live.
Test, test and test again
We know how tempting it can be to hit the publish button, once you’ve finished building your website, however, it is important to thoroughly test every element on your site. Is it working as you expect? Testing your site will help avoid frustrating your visitors.
Remember to check that your navigation buttons are working, thoroughly proof-read all of your content for spelling, grammar and SEO issues. Triple-checking your hard work at this stage will help you get the most out of your new website from the get-go.
Short on time?
Don’t panic – we’ve got you covered! We have a team on hand to build and maintain your website for you. Want more information? Check out our Build Me A Website service.