Well, that’s great, but I’m sure you understand the importance of having a website, right?
And there’s no doubt in my own mind that if you had a website from the very start, you would have ‘most likely’ attracted a lot more business.
That being said, you may have stumbled upon this page still wondering whether you should create a website for your business, or not.
Well, here are some things to think about.
A company website is critical for absolutely any business wanting to:
- Increase brand awareness and look more professional to their customers.
- Reach out to a wider audience, generate more leads and increase sales.
- Demonstrate their expertise in their niche or industry.
There are plenty of other benefits of having a business website. Here’s an interesting statistic you’ll love to know.
85% of consumers use the internet to find local businesses (source)
So if your business isn’t online, you’re potentially missing out on a whopping 85% more business.
You see, if you say no, your business can cope very well without a website, then that’s fine, you’re clearly not interested in growing your business.
But, if you are interested in exponentially growing your business, and increasing sales and profit, then read on.
Where do you even start?
So where do you even start with getting a website up and running?
Do you use a free and simple do-it-yourself website building tool, or do you learn how to create a website for your business yourself?
The route I would ONLY recommend anyone or any small business owner to take is to create their own website! Or at least learn how to.
With this option, you have greater control and ownership of everything from your content to your raving fans and followers.
Creating a website for your business yourself isn’t hard to do at all, this page will help you get set up quickly and painlessly.
Are you ready? Let’s do this.
Step One: Get a domain name and web hosting.
When thinking about purchasing a domain name for your business (example.com), I would highly recommend using the same name as your business, especially if it already exists offline.
That might sound like such obvious advice, but you’d be very surprised as to how many businesses create a website using a totally different domain name from their actual business name.
Additionally, I would also recommend you use a popular extension, i.e. .com or .net for your domain name.
Buy a domain name and web hosting together! The good news is that you can get a FREE domain name with any reliable web host provider. I recommend SiteGround. This is the hosting provider that I use for my own website projects as well as many of my clients.
Step Two: Install a content management software (WordPress CMS).
The best CMS software that I use myself, and therefore would recommend using for building your business website with is WordPress.
WordPress is a free open source platform (WordPress.org not WordPress.com).
Here are some benefits of using WordPress for your business website:
- Access to a host of themes available online to make your website truly personal to your brand.
- Access to a host of plugins available online to make your website functional in every way possible.
- Simple to use without the need to learn complicated HTML or CSS (coding). Though some knowledge will only expand your creativity with WordPress.
- Better content management and you have full ownership of your content.
There are more than 70 million websites that depend on WordPress.
Adding WordPress to your website! The other good news is that almost all reliable web host providers will have some simple method for installing WordPress into a website with just a few clicks. Once again, SiteGround is one of those web hosts I recommend that have a simple WordPress installation too.
Here’s a quick but useful video on how to install WordPress on a shared hosting account with SiteGround all in under 10 minutes.
Step Three: Customize your website.
So you have your domain name, web hosting and WordPress installed and taken care of.Now you want to make your site look just the way you want it to look.
Now you want to make your site look just the way you want it to look. Or, perhaps to reflect your brand identity offline.
For this, you can either hire a web developer and designer or use a pre-designed template such as a premium WordPress theme or skin.
If you’re totally new to website building, or maybe you just want the hassle of setting up and designing a website taken care of by someone else.
In either case, hiring a professional web designer is the best option, however, not the most cost effective option.
It’s fairly easy to find an experienced freelance web designer to help you with your online projects.
If you’re going with this option, here’s what to look for in a good web designer:
- The web designer has a great looking website. First impressions are important, right?
- Clear information is provided about the process of building a website from start to finish.
- Customer feedback and testimonials.
- Sensible time frame.
- Customer aftercare, training provided and site maintenance services etc.
Usually, when hiring a web designer, you will also need to look for a copywriter to create the content for your website.
Option Two: Doing It Yourself
This option is probably the most rewarding of the two.
If you’re thinking about building and customizing a website yourself, there are some great tools available online that are simple to install and use.
Don’t forget to check out some of my tutorials on how to get the most from these to theme creators.
I would also recommend you check out Thrive Content Builder to help you build landing pages, sales pages, email pages, services pages and more.
Here’s a quick video I created some years back showing how to install a Genesis theme into your new WordPress site in under 5 minutes.
Recommended pages for your business website.
OK so if you’re a bit confused about which pages to have on your business website, this actually depends on the nature of your business altogether.
To give you some inspiration, here’s a list of pages you might want to consider adding to your company website.
- Custom homepage – This is the page that most of your visitors will land on when visiting your company website for the first time. To put it simply, it needs to be epic in terms of design, messaging, and conversions. Check out this video tutorial on how to create an epic homepage for your website.
- About page – This is the page where your visitors will learn more about you and your business, including how you got started, your goals and objectives and more.
- Services/sales page – This is the page where you will provide information about the services you provide, or the products that you sell.
- Testimonials page – This is the page where you can display feedback and testimonials from your most recent and satisfied clients.
- Landing page – This is the page where you will be able to capture leads for your business, such as names and email addresses.
- Contact page – This is the page where your website visitors will be able to contact you from.
Once your business website is up and running, you can then start thinking about marketing your site and driving traffic and potential customers to your website. Check out this post I wrote on the best digital marketing tips and ideas for your online business.