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Ep79 Transcript – 3 Things to Start Your Website
In episode 77, I talked to Sandra Boyd who didn’t know how to get her business and website started, but she figured it out. In this episode of Quick Fix Friday, I’m going to give you three things you need to get your website started.
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So the first thing you’re gonna need is a name or name of your business and the domain name for your website. And you can do that a few different ways. One thing you wanna do is to make sure that domain name isn’t already taken. And you also probably wanna check the social profiles as well, because you wanna be able to brand your business name across social platforms as well as possible.
In order to get a domain name, you’ll need to register it. Now, some of the places that host your domain will also allow you to register it, or you could buy it at a domain registrar such as, GoDaddy. It can’t get confusing because there are three different things that could come into play. Buying the domain name, having the hosting for the website, and also designing the website.
Now some places will do all three things and that’s fine to have it be a one-stop shop. A place like GoDaddy or Blue Host or Host Gator will also do some of those things where they combine all of those features for you.
Now, let’s talk about designing the website. Now, there are different options for that. Places like Wix, Squarespace, will allow a kind of more drag and drop, easy design process, and so you may wanna check into that as well. All of these sites will have some sort of monthly fee. Sometimes they do make you pay for a year in advance.
So let’s talk about some of the favorite ways to design a website easily.
Wix is a great platform, and that actually is the platform that Sandra Boyd uses. Squarespace is another easy design process, and some of these will have limitations on what you can add in the future. So if you are planning on adding a podcast or making sure that you’re doing some regular blogging, you do need to make sure that those sites allow for that type of additional feature.
The design package I use is WordPress. A lot of people use WordPress, and usually if you’re using some hosting site like Host Gator or Blue Host for example, or GoDaddy, they will allow you to use WordPress very easily. But there is a little bit more learning curve with WordPress. They’ve got some themes that you can start out with, but then you will have to customize those themes with your own.
So that brings us to the third thing, branding. Branding is a combination of your color palette, a logo, and your font. I suggest you start with a color palette and make sure you understand how colors work together because you might ch choose a couple of colors to start with. You might want some accent colors, and you wanna make sure all of those colors work together.
When the colors don’t go together, it can look pretty terrible.
Getting a logo designed is an easy process and something that you might overlook. You might think that it might just be something simple you do, but I do recommend getting a professional logo designed. It’s easy to use a tool like 99 Designs where you have, people coming in and competing to design logos for you and there are different packages for that. Or you can go to a site like Upwork or Fiber and take look at people who design logos there. Make sure you look at their past portfolio to make sure that they will be a good fit for you.
So launching your website doesn’t have to be hard, but I do recommend you really take into consideration these three steps to get yourself off on the right foot.
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