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How to Get Your Own Website Online

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Michelle ShaefferOnce you’ve registered your domain name and signed up for website hosting, the next step is to get your website online. Where should you begin?

First, you need to know what the purpose of your website is. Is it an informational website where you can provide details of your organization, group, or services? Do you want a blog? Or are you planning to sell online with an ecommerce site?  Each of these types of sites should be approached differently.

Second, you want to figure out which option for getting your own website will best help you achieve the purpose for your website.

Here are four ways to get your website online:

1) Hire a Designer

If you do not want to create the site yourself, or do not have time, there are many excellent designers available who can provide this service for you.

2) Use a “Content Management System” or “Site Builder”

This is software that is installed on your hosting space where you can login to an administrative interface through your web browser and choose a design, add pages or posts, and maintain your websites. These systems work well for those with at least a bit of computer experience (if you can use Word, Outlook Express and similar programs and follow video tutorials or written tutorials to learn about the site builder you choose, you’ll be fine).

Many hosting packages include Fantastico, which is a script auto-installer that allows you to very easily get setup with several site builder software options, including:

SohoLaunch – great for informational websites and has the PayPal buttons available so you can easily sell your products/services if you do not need inventory control. Many designs to choose from and good support options available including this series of video tutorials and also a free weekly webinar to show you the basics you can sign up for at soholaunch.com

WordPress – this is a blog software, but also works very nicely for informational websites as it allows you to create pages and blog posts. Many plugins and themes are available. You can find very good lessons for beginners on the WordPress site at wordpress.org  WordPress is my favorite way to build websites.

3) Install an E-Commerce System

If you plan to use your site to sell products or services, you may want to choose a store & shopping cart system to power your site.

Here are some free ecommerce systems to consider:

  • osCommerce – oscommerce.com
  • Zen Cart – zencart.com
  • Cube Cart – cubecart.com

There are also site builders (from option 2) that allow you to easily add ecommerce to your site, as well as options for ecommerce that can be added to any type of website.

4) Build Your Website With a Program on Your Computer Then Upload to the Server

You can also choose to create your website with a program like Front Page, Dreamweaver, etc and then upload it to your hosting space. This option requires more technical knowledge, but also allows you to work on your site offline so it’s good if you’re on a dial up connection.

This covers just a few of the many options for getting a website online. Take some time to write out the goals and needs of your website so you can choose the right solution for your business.

Would you like to know more about using WordPress to get your website online?  Click here to access a free presentation about 6 Ways WordPress Can Make Your Website Faster, Cheaper, and Easier: http://michelleshaeffer.com/courses/wordpress-website/why-wordpress/

Michelle Shaeffer has been a work at home mom for more than 10 years and loves to share the tips and strategies she’s learned to help other home based business owners balance, manage, and market their businesses. Connect with her at http://www.michelleshaeffer.com.

 

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  1. […] Christian Work at Home Moms: How to Get Your Own Website Online […]

  2. Jeff Wise says:

    I must agree and say from personal experience that if graphics isn’t a strength of yours then don’t even attempt it.

    I made that mistake and wasted too much time.

    I finally hired someone who did it in less than 24 hours and it was fantastic!

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