Designing your own website

Choosing a domain name

A domain name is the web address of your website .

It is beneficial to choose a domain name that is the same name as your business or gives people an idea of what you sell.

Which web hosting company to use?

Web hosting companies charge from £0 to over £30 per month depending on how much space you require, security levels, how much support you require, and many other things.

Designing your website

To begin with, you may wish to plan out your website on paper, to determine the layout of the website and how all pages will link together.

Start with the homepage and then work your way through the website.

Customers should be able to get a feel for the website layout and content by looking at the home page.

You should create a contact page that is clearly linked from all pages, the home page in particular.

You should also create a page that details the background and nature of your company.

Updating your website

If the information on your website stays the same then customers will not have much reason to return again. Furthermore, search engines take more notice of websites that are regularly updated.

Other considerations

Do you require an email address that matches your domain name?

How will you backup your data?

Will you be using Google Analytics to monitor traffic to your website?

Our Home page contains more advice on planning a website. You may also find it useful to check out our website health check blog and our blog on promoting your website.

Good luck. If you need any further help or advice, you can contact Jane Walkertelephone 0777 169 1194.

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