Are you building a website and not sure where to begin? It doesn’t have to be tedious!
First, you need to start by creating your website building plan. Once you’ve followed the step-by-step guide, you can then begin developing your website. Make sure your completed website attractively presents your business, is user focused and easy to navigate!
Where To Begin
This is just what the name implies… it is the base that your website will be built on. Think of it as your foundation.
So, what options do you have? There are a lot out there that have different tools and features. Free builders can have limited functionality even though they allow you to easily drag-and-drop while expensive builders can be tedious and confusing. A great option is us… Insutanto.
Insutanto is the easiest and fastest online business builder with over 100 pre-made templates, drag and drop options, and comprehensive building tools. It’s very affordable too!
One of the first things you will need to buy is your domain name. This is the web address (URL) of your site. When it comes to choosing a name, ask yourself these questions:
- What will your site be called?
- What is your website about (your niche)?
- What is your focus?
Use these answers to come up with a name. Write down several and then check online to see if the one you want is available. You can then purchase an affordable domain.
You can also use a domain name generator which will spin out names based on keywords you type in. It may take a few tries to find one you like that no one has taken.
It is a good idea to associate with your business, niche or topic so that people will have a good idea of what your website is about just by looking at your URL. This will also help optimize your website for search engines (SEO), which in turn helps people find you on search engines.
You also want to keep it as short as possible so it’s easy to remember.
Buying a domain name will cost a few dollars for a year’s registration, but it’s worth it to have your own business name.
You can’t have a website without a host. The hosting service is where your data will be stored, on their servers. Depending on how much space you need now and in the future, it might be worth a few more dollars a month to ensure that your site won’t crash or get turned off.
Keep in mind that there are free web hosting services, which is fine for a personal blog, but they usually don’t provide enough bandwidth for a business website and most of them display ads on your webpages.
A site map
Before you begin developing your website, you need a website building plan. Creating a site map can be as simple as jotting down a list of pages you need on a piece of paper. You can also sketch out your pages: headers, content, images and positioning of these elements.
My preference is to use a note card for each page I plan to build, that way I can lay them out on my desk and arrange the way they will link to other pages, how they will link, pulldown menu options and whatever else the website needs.
Knowing roughly how you want it to look will help the building process go much smoother.
Install your platform
For this we are going to assume you’re using Insutanto. You can go ahead and start a 14 day trial. From there, you need to select the pre-built template you want to use. If you need help, we offer phone support, a free 30 minute setup consultation, and tutorials.
Once you have your website set up, you can then log into the dashboard, have a look around and see how to set up pages, edit posts, upload content and more.
There are many options with Insutanto– you can create a simple website with only a few pages or set up a full-blown e-commerce site ready to take sales.
Now It’s Time To Start Building
Now it’s time to start building, Insutanto offers a variety of options that make your job easier. From free themes for design to the 100+ elements (over 100+) to add functionality- These are all available from your dashboard.
Don’t be afraid to click around and test out different themes until you find one that looks good.