Now is as good a time as any to start a business website. In fact, if your business does not yet have a website up-and-running, you are already far behind the pack. This is true even if you are a more traditional type of company, selling physical products and services. These days, people look up every potential store or provider online – and that was true even before COVID-19.
That said, it is never too late to start your own website. Doing so does not need to take a huge time or financial investment. On the contrary, you can get your website up-and-running within a day or so by doing the following.
Find the Right Hosting
The very first thing you need for a functioning website is web hosting. Web hosting refers to the service which actually connects your site to the internet. It gives you space on a server run by the provider. The good news is that, once you have made your choice, the hosting provider does the work for you.
The most common type of hosting is shared hosting. With shared hosting, you get space on a server with other websites. It is ideal for small business websites which don’t expect a lot of traffic. If your business is bigger or if you are aiming for a ton of pageviews, you can try VPS or dedicated server hosting.
Not all hosting providers are created equal. Some of the most well-known web hosts are infamous for bad customer service. Make sure that whichever hosting provider you go with is loved by its current users.
Choose a CMS
A content management system (CMS) is the toolset which helps you create an attractive website in no time at all. Examples include WordPress and Wix, both of which are free and simple to use. They provide a range of free and paid themes which offer a basic template for your site. You can customize your site as much or as little as you like.
A good CMS is intuitive. It guides you through the separate aesthetic decisions you have to make, along with all the functionality you can add. Spend some time Googling external plugins as well. These are developed specifically to add incredible functionality to websites built with one or another CMS.
Set up Socials
Businesses that succeed online do not only have websites. Rather, they have consistent social media presence. Many people look up products and services on social media, or click on a social media link rather than going to a website. Your website gives a comprehensive view of what you provide, but a good social media presence is what brings potential customers to it.
Setting up social media accounts for your business couldn’t be easier. All the big social media platforms provide business account options. They are customized for you to communicate better with customers, and will guide you through sponsored posts and adverts.
Your business cannot afford to have no online presence. The good news is that, even if you are only starting today, you can have a website and social media accounts within just a couple of days.
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