For every great idea there should be an amazingly useful website to make it a reality, and this is how to get started.
The latest figures show that 3.2 billion people use the internet on a regular basis. With a global population of 7.2 billion, that means almost have of the world are online, and could potentially have access to your products, services and content.
You need an online presence to tap into this market.
Considering that in the year 2000 only 400 million people were connected to the web, we can assume that today’s 3.2 billion connected users will only grow. Initiatives such as internet.org are working on providing internet access to the whole world, so now is the perfect time to get online and create your own web presence and Midphase can help.
Follow these steps to get started online:
Step 1: Pick a domain.
A great domain name, or web address, will provide your gateway to the web. Like an online signpost, your domain will be used by site visitors to locate your content, so it needs to be memorable and relevant, and pretty simple too. Nothing beats a great .com but if your domain isn’t available consider registering a gTLD (generic top level domain) like .ninja, .club or .blog. For more help registering a domain read this post.
Step 2: Pick a hosting package from Midphase.
Deciding on a web hosting package is easy depending on how big you would like your site to be. For a basic 1-page site our Personal Web Hosting will be a perfect fit, but as your demands grow, so should your hosting package. Most businesses benefit from the accompanying email addresses and subdomains featured in our Professional and Business Web Hosting packages; they come with extra website pages too. Need a hand picking the right web hosting package for you? Contact our support team at: Midphase.com/support.
Step 3: Decide on a developer.
Many large companies will hire a professional developer for their site, but our new website builder makes web design into a simple task; the drag-and-drop features can turn anyone into a website professional. After all, it’s your vision so why trust anyone else! Once you log in to your CHI (client hosting interface) account you will have the option to upgrade your package or select one of our helpful applications.
Step 4: Get creative.
Our website builder has over 200 stunning templates for you to choose from, all of which are optimized for mobile and desktop site visitors. Got your own unique vision? Strike out on your own! Your site can be as great as your ideas, and we can help. Find other websites that you would like to emulate, but try to come up with an original style. Research the different tools available through your cPanel account; WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and other applications can make website building easy. Which images do you want to display? How about videos? Making a plan before beginning will speed up the process. Consider drawing out a sitemap to keep up with the pages you want to include and what each page will feature.
Step 5: Consider all options.
Beyond the basic welcome page, consider including ‘About’ and further content pages. Also, blogs can provide great search engine optimization (SEO) boosts. For a first time site builder it will take some trial and error before you get up and running, but before long you will be an expert. If you have any questions along the way contact our support staff or check out our knowledge base for step-by-step guides and other helpful tips.
Step 6: Try it out.
Whether you are using a CMS (content management system) like WordPress or our website builder, the easiest way to get started is to try it out. Try different themes and templates and see how much you can learn, and remember we are here to help along the way!
- Create a strong password.
For all accounts associated with your website you will need a really strong password, and the longer the better. Spammers are constantly trying to hack into sites to use to send malicious materials.
- Start simple.
It’s easy to want to shoot for the moon right out of the gate, but to get your site up and running quickly it is important to start small and work your way up to magnificence.
- Stick with a color scheme.
By having colors that you refer to over and over again your site will develop a theme that can help your brand succeed.
- Use stock images for the professional touch.
Don’t pay a lot of money for images before checking out the free images available on the web. Other sites will charge you a small membership fee for access to all of their images. Check out this post for dozens of options. Remember to size your images appropriately once you have selected them.
- Be selective about plugins and widgets.
A few additional features can be great but if you overdo it your site can get bogged down, so it’s better to be selective. Keep all plugins and widgets updated to avoid security concerns.
- Educate yourself as you go.
You don’t have to be a programing genius to create a site but it doesn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the programming world. Learning the basics is easier than ever with great (free) educational sites like W3Schools and Code Academy. Start with HTML and work your way through the languages.
- Get friendly with Google Webmaster Tools.
Just about everything you need to know about search engine optimization (SEO) can be found on this site. You can check for mobile friendliness and test your site’s loading time too.
- Accept help – you’ll need it.
Any first time site builder will tell you that at times you might want to throw your computer at the wall, but Midphase offers around-the-clock support for that very reason. Give us a call, it could save you valuable hardware costs!
- Design a killer logo
Once you’ve decided on the style of your website in accordance with your brand DNA, make sure you design a logo that will serve as a visual representation of your brand across all communications. This should feature on each page of your new website; customers will familiarise themselves with your logo and recognize your brand anywhere!
To get started on your new site visit Midphase.com today!
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