How to Setup a Website for your Home Business

How to Set Up a Website for Your Home Business

Setting up a website for your home business may seem like a daunting task.  If you’ve never done it before, then it will be a little time consuming, but it’s totally DO-ABLE. - so don’t worry.  Play this YouTube video while you continue reading the steps to setting up a website and you’ll see just how hassle-free setting up any type of site is now.

Domain Name

You cannot set up a website without a domain name.  Domain names are usually not going to cost more than $50 and most of the time you can find the name you want or something very similar for under $20.  This is an annual fee, but you can usually pay multiple years upfront.  Godaddy.com or EasyDNS.com are two user-friendly sites where you can purchase and register a domain name.  Remember a good domain is simple and catchy and don’t forget there are others than ‘.com’ that you can use that might tie in with your chosen domain(s).  Today we have .biz, .org, .info, .co, .ly, .me and the list goes on.  I personally like .me because you can use it in a sentence like: LearnToDanceWith.Me.

Domain Hosting

Hosting is next. Wikipedia puts it best:

An Internet hosting service is a service that runs Internet servers, allowing organizations and individuals to serve content to the Internet.  There are various levels of service and various kinds of services offered.

A common kind of hosting is web hosting.  Most hosting providers offer a combination of services; e-mail hosting, for example.  DNS hosting service is usually bundled with domain name registration.

Hosting is a monthly fee,  just don’t forget about that when doing your expenses. Most entry-level websites can be supported through a normal monthly hosting plan offered by sites such as GoDaddy and HostGator.  As your business grows you want to start thinking about a private hosted solution that can scale easy with minimal effort.  Speed up WordPress with our baked in CDN, super fast servers and amazing up-time.

WordPress Theme

website for your home businessNow that you have successfully chosen a domain name, registered that domain and paid for the hosting; its time to build your site.  AAAAHHH SCAAAARYYY!……….(shakes head) not at all, this is actually the fun part.  One of the easiest and fastest ways to get a site going is WordPress.  First, you download WordPress to your site. Next, you will need to select a theme.  Themes literally come in a million styles, a good way to narrow it down is decide on the type of site you want to create.  Are you going to be selling products?  Just Blogging?  New Site? Education?   Once you establish what your site is going to be about,  you can narrow down the search results significantly.  Installing the theme is a relatively simple process.  Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to look around at all of the WordPress plug-ins.  Check our top list of WordPress plugins for any website.  Once you’ve done this a time or two,  guess what?, you’ve  just learned a new skill; much like Photoshop or flash that you could even offer as a service for added revenue if that interests you.  If you’re looking at some of the tutorial or WordPress links below and it’s still looking a little overwhelming or more time consuming that you hoped for -  don’t fret.  Contact us and we will work with you on getting your site up, working and secure. Buy 16 premium WordPress themes and WordPress plugins worth $594 for only $29!

Monetization

Well you now have a website for your home business, but what do you do next?  One good thing to do is make your site profitable.  Google Adsense is a great way to get a little revenue started.  The great thing about Adsense is as your traffic grows, the Adsense revenue grows. I’m sure some of you are saying, but wait, how do we drive traffic to our site then?  Well,  that is the next segment in our Home Business series, be on the lookout for that and you’ll find out.

Always remember to blog your experiences, its easy to write about a personal experience and it creates content for your visitors.

Thanks for reading!

 

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