New Business Checklist
Are you looking to get a website online for your business? It is really not that hard… just a matter of sticking with the following steps:
1. Get a Domain Name
A domain name is the address a user is going type in to their browser to find your site. Domains are purchased in 1 year increments (up to 10 years), and are the “text” to your site. You can buy domains from any registrar. The most popular registrars in the US are:
2. Get Web Hosting
Nearly all businesses (especially among small businesses) will need to buy hosting. Hosting can cost you a few dollars a month or a few hundred dollars per month. It really depends on the size business you have and how much you expect your website to be used. You can use shared hosting (nearly all small businesses fit in the category) or you can require a dedicated server (high, high, high traffic site). Places you can get hosting are:
3. Build a Website
This is the most complex and the simplest part of the process at the same time. Simplest, because you can outsource the entire process. Complex, because you outsource the entire project. You need to be very specific in defining what you want when dealing with a web developer. Developing a website can be a few hundred dollar process, or a multi-thousand dollar process. It is best to start talking with a web developer to determine what you want versus what you can afford. It may be that getting a website up first, then adding your desired components later is a better approach. Or, you may want to go all out at first. You can start the web development process with Three Stone Media by simply filling out our quote form. Then, we can work out the details and start the process.