You now know why you need to design a website for your business. You might be curious as to how it’s done. You may construct a website for your company in a variety of ways.
One option is to hire a web designer to create your website. You can also create your own website using internet tools like Wix, which offer simple point-and-click web design solutions.
We’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies in this post, which is part of our going online series. But first, let’s lay the groundwork.
First and foremost
Before you start constructing a website for your company, there are a few things you should know about websites. The first thing you should know is that a website requires an internet address.
The other is that your website requires an internet address that your potential clients may use to reach it.
Hosting a website
A server is the location on the internet where a website resides. Web hosting is the process of putting your website on a server.
If you are a really large company, you can host your own website, but for the rest of us, renting web hosting space is recommended.
Web hosting firms or web hosts are enterprises that rent server space. The hosting business will host your website on the internet for a monthly or yearly fee.
WordPress is the most popular website-building platform. As a result, a number of hosts now provide WordPress hosting that is targeted to the performance needs of WordPress sites.
Registration of a domain name
A domain name is the unique address by which clients can access your website, such as www.naijatechguide.com, which is the domain name of this website NaijaTechGuide.
A domain name is purchased or registered using a domain name registration service (a.k.a. domain name registrar). Domain names are paid for on an annual basis. Domain names can be purchased and paid for with the assistance of your hosting company or site designer.
Now that you know a little more about websites, let’s look at how you can create one.
Invest in a Web Designer
This is the path that should be taken. A web designer (sometimes known as a web developer) is a person who has experience creating and maintaining websites and provides web design services to the general public.
Web designers are more knowledgeable about best practices and cutting-edge technologies in web design, and they will typically create better websites for you.
Employing a web designer allows you to concentrate on your primary business while a professional constructs your company’s website. You don’t have to put your business on hold just so you can develop a website.
By hiring a site designer, you can benefit from his knowledge of the internet (sometimes free). The web designer can provide you with useful insights, advice, and recommendations for developing your online business plan.
This will assure your company’s internet success. A web designer can also assist you with purchasing web hosting and a domain name for your website. Web designers occasionally provide free hosting and a domain name in their web design bundles.
Build your Website yourself with Online Tools
You might want to design your own website. If you go this way, one of your alternatives is to use online website construction tools (website authoring tools) such as Wix.
These programs have a graphical user interface that makes creating websites simple. They turn the entire process of creating a website into a series of clickable and draggable menus or items. With a little dragging and dropping, you might have a website up and running in minutes.
There are both free and paid website construction tools available. These online tools provide stunning themes and photos for creating attractive websites. Free domain names and/or web hosting may be available through online website design tools.
The disadvantage of employing website writing tools is that you will be diverted from your core business while developing your website.
Furthermore, websites created with some authoring tools may not be easily transferable to other platforms. So, if the firm behind the online website builder goes out of business or you no longer like their services, switching to another service may take more effort and time than you are ready to devote.
Design your Website yourself with CMS and Templates and Themes
You can also use website templates or a Content Management System like WordPress or Joomla to create a website for your company.
Website templates are similar to skeletons for websites. They come with the website’s design. All you have to do now is fill in the blanks with your web copy, photographs, videos, logos, and links, and you may have a business website up and running in a matter of hours.
You can even edit the templates more if you know how to use web design technology.
Although you may obtain free website themes and templates from the internet, a premium theme is better for your business, especially if you can’t customize a free website theme.
Premium themes are much more attractive than their free equivalents and are ready to use right away.
You can also use a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal to operate your template or theme. CMS software makes it much easier to manage and maintain your websites.
The backend of CMS makes it simple to upload and edit material on your website.
Self-designing your website will always take time and pull you away from your core business. Furthermore, using a template or CMS to create a website can cause issues if you wish to change the layout of your website in the future, especially if you are unfamiliar with technologies like HTML and CSS.
Design your Website yourself from Scratch
You can choose to construct your business website from the ground up if you are technically inclined, enjoy challenges, and have a lot of free time.
You can lessen the complexity of your website design endeavor by using website building and writing tools like Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Self-designing your business website demands a great deal of effort, and you must be quite daring to take this route.