Of course, you want to increase your online presence and reach more customers – and there’s no better way to do it than with your own website.
Building a website always seemed like a challenge, but as you’re about to experience for yourself, now it’s actually easier than ever before. Just follow these 9 steps and you’ll have a professional-looking website of your own in no time!
1. Specify a goal for your website and list all your requirements
Start by figuring out what you want to achieve through your website. Are you planning to sell products or services? Or maybe you want to show off your portfolio?
Your goal will determine the types of pages, content, and technical capabilities you’ll want to include on your site.
2. Research your market and competitors
Research what your target audience wants to know about, as well as what your competitors have been publishing to capture their audience.
This will help you determine what should go into your content and onto your pages.
3. Research what visually appeals to you
Create a swipe file of different website design layouts you and your target audience would find visually appealing.
4. Choosing your website builder
There’s no need for HTML or CSS. You can build an entire website – code-free – using only an intuitive drag-and-drop website creator like the GetResponse Website Builder.
Make things easier on yourself and be sure to select a website builder tool that’s easy to use, but most importantly, go with the one that’ll help you achieve your website’s goals and also has the technical capabilities and capacity to support all of your ideas.
5. Choose your web host
Reliable web hosting is a must-have if you want to build a strong online presence. If your website builder doesn’t offer hosting solutions, do some digging and pick the web host that you can trust.
6. Choose your domain name
You absolutely want your visitors to easily find your website online. That’s why you’ll want to register a memorable domain name that users can easily type into their browser to reach your page.
Pro tip: Having your own domain also helps you build strong deliverability and a strong sender reputation in case you’re planning to send email campaigns.
7. Add your content and customize the layout
Time to make your website shine and fill it up with valuable content. Be sure to prepare all the essential pages and provide an easy navigation between them.
You’ll want to offer the best possible experience for all the new visitors that’ll be visiting your website soon.
8. Connect all the necessary tools
It’s time to put all the pieces together. Connect your website with all your necessary tools such as Google Analytics, Google Ads, live chat, and your email marketing platform.
Pro tip: In GetResponse, this part is done for you automatically. Your website will be connected with signup forms, live chat, email marketing, webinars, web push notifications, and more – all out of the box.
9. Preview and publish
Everything’s looking great? Go ahead and publish your website then! Share it with your family and friends, gather their feedback, and make any necessary changes. Now, start marketing your newly created website.
Pro tip: Once your page is live, make sure to add it to your Facebook Page, Google My Business Page, and all of your social media profiles.
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