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A website can turn out to be a successful investment if done right. You can use it to market your skills, sell your products/services, or generate passive income via advertising. Of course, starting your first site can be a bit intimidating. You don’t want to stuff up the early stages and derail your success. That’s why you should make use of the tips below.
Choose A Brand Name
You want to select a website name that’s catchy but not overly complicated. For example, if you want to create a site that reviews the latest tech products then a simple name such as “tech wizards” or “tech ninjas” may be a good option.
Purchase A Domain
Once you have decided on a brand name, it’s time to find a domain. Chances are the exact domain name that you’re after is taken. For example, if you’ve decided to call your site “tech wizards,” then you may want to use the domain “techwizards.com.” If that’s not available look for a close alternative such as “tech-wizards.com” or “technology-wizards.com.” If you can’t find a suitable option, then don’t forget to consider options other than “.com.” You could select “.net,” “.org” or another variation.
Find A Hosting Provider
You will also need to find hosting for your site. Many companies can offer you hosting and sell you a domain at the same time, so you may want to take care of both these steps at once.
Remember, you don’t want to rush your host decision. This company will be in charge of looking after your site. If the company doesn’t do it properly, then your site will end up crashing. Imagine if you were starting a clothing store and wanted to rent retail space in a mall. Would you choose a run-down mall with poor security and maintenance problems? Of course not. Think of your host as the building that encloses your site.
The best way to find out about different hosts is to read reviews. A good site for doing this is the Hosting Kingdom.
Build Your Site
Once you have your hosting sorted, then it’s time to build your site. This is easier said than done. If you’re not tech savvy, then you might want to use WordPress to get started. This platform offers free themes that are easy to develop. The platform also offers plugins to take care of most needs. Of course, you can always hire a professional site developer to take care of it for you.
Your site is going to need content otherwise there is no reason to visit it. That’s why it pays to get writing: blog posts, landing pages, product reviews, and anything else you think you will need. You should also note that it pays to have a decent amount of content on the site before you make it public. Nobody wants to visit a site that’s deserted — they may never come back.
Starting your own website doesn’t need to be complicated. In a few simple steps, you can get your site up and running. If you do everything right, it may turn out to be a successful investment.
6 thoughts on “Tips For Getting Started With Your First Website”
Having done it over the past 8 months, I can say it is a great learning experience! Tom
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That’s true too. You learn so much by just starting which I think is key. Too often people get scared and simply abandon their idea. Think about how much knowledge you gained in just the last few months since starting.
I’m right up there with about the same time as Tom. It really is a helpful learning experience.
Thanks for sharing your tips, Keith. I’m going to now get working again on the 2nd to last one… “Get Writing”.
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Glad these tips were useful to you. Bottom line with any venture you get into is to just start. Too often we fall prey to ‘analysis paralysis’ and let fear creep in and stall us from even starting our journey.
Making it a successful investment is really hard in my opinion. However, it’s a great experience for sure!
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While it’s true that making your site successful is hard and takes time it still is much easier and less expensive to get one up these days when compared to a decade or two ago. In that respect I think everyone should create their own personal online presence.