Starting your online adventure can be a daunting prospect, whether you’re starting a small personal blog, an ecommerce store for your business, or a large enterprise website. There are many different things to consider when launching your website, so it can be overwhelming to a beginner!
However, starting your online adventure is easier and quicker than you may think. In this guide we will help make this easier for you by explaining 9 easy steps to start your online adventure.
Decide what kind of website you want
The first thing step you need to take when starting your online adventure is to decide exactly what kind of online website you want to launch. This will depend on the nature of the business, hobby, blog, or other online venture you wish to pursue. If you want to launch an online store for example, you will need to launch an eCommerce website on a platform like WooCommerce or Shopify. If you’re starting a small personal blog, you just need a simple website on a platform like Wordpress.
Choose a web host provider
Once you’ve decided on the type of website you’ll launch, your next step is to choose a web hosting provider. There are several factors you should consider when choosing a web hosting provider such as:
Support - make sure that your web hosting provider has good technical support options
Reliability - try and make sure that your web host has a good uptime guarantee
Security - ensure that your web host has a high level of security
Location - ideally you want a web host that is geographically close to you
Choose a domain name
Now that you’ve picked your web hosting provider, you need to decide on a domain name. This can be tricky and will require some research, but it’s important that you choose the right domain name. With the massive amount of domain extensions available, with everything from .biz to .dj to choose from, you may need to try a combination of different names and extensions to find one that’s available.
Choose a web hosting plan
After choosing your domain name you’ll now need to choose your web hosting plan if you haven’t already. Your ideal package will depend on the type of website you’re hosting, with this being our recommended types of hosting for each type of website:
Shared web hosting - best for smaller websites like blogs, that don’t get lots of traffic or require much resources
Enterprise hosting - best for enterprise websites or websites needing more performance like eCommerce websites
VPS hosting - best for hosting several websites that need high power and performance, or web applications
Dedicated hosting - the most powerful type of hosting, for many websites needing the highest level of performance
Free hosting - best for small websites such as informational websites or holding pages
Design your website
After choosing your web hosting plan you can move on to designing your website. Website design can be approached from many different angles, and you can choose whether to design your website yourself or have a professional design your website for you. If your website is smaller and receives less traffic then it may be a good idea to try designing it yourself with a website builder tool or an easy to use platform such as Wordpress. For a large website like an eCommerce or enterprise website however, you should probably hire a professional designer to design your website for you - in order to get the most professional looking website possible.
Develop your website
Now that you’ve designed your website you can move onto implementing the development of your website. Similar to the design process, the development process can be done in-house or outsourced to a professional developer. Developing your website yourself can be harder than designing it however with website builder tools it can be done with some time and persistence. Again, if you’re launching a larger website with more traffic however, you’re better off hiring a professional developer to develop your website.
Launch your website
You can now launch your website after finishing the design and development stages. Once your website is online, you’ll need to make sure that there are no errors in the coding of the website, or any other issues which could have a detrimental effect on the visitor experience. Now you can pat yourself on the back! The work isn’t over yet though…
Market your website
So your website is now live and on the internet, you might be asking yourself - what’s next?
Well, there’s no point in having your website online if nobody is going to see it! So it makes sense that the next step to take is to market your website to your audiences. This can be the most time consuming task as you will most likely be marketing your website for months or years to come, however it’s vital for your business and website that you don’t ignore marketing. If you want to see your traffic number grow then you’ll need to continuously put effort into SEO, advertising, and all other forms of digital marketing.