Research Your Website
There are many things to consider before you jump into a website. One primary element is Research. It is very important to research similar websites to see what keywords, meta descriptions, etc. Decide if you are going to have a blog, photos, shopping cart. Is this going to be a business or personal website or a Blog? If you are not sure of these things, you can look at various websites like the type of website that you want to get ideas.
1. What type of website do you want? And what are your goals for it? Is it a business, a personal site, or a blog? Will it be a store or post only pictures? When (and hopefully not if) the website grows what more will you need? Will you need a process for reservations, sales, sales questions, orders?
2. How much of a budget do you have? There are quite a few costs in creating and running a website. How much time and money are you willing to spend.
3. Another question you should ask is do you plan to design and maintain the website yourself? Do you have the time it takes to do this time-wise?
The following are some things that you will need to look at. You can find these that are free and some are paid.
a. Domain Name – This is the name of your prospective website. Options to register your domain name are at various places like GoDaddy for getting a free name through your Host. The cost can vary from free through your Host on up.
b. Host – This can cost anywhere from $3 and on up a month. You can also pay with yearly plans. You need to make sure that there is enough bandwidth if you are planning an online store, a large amount of storage space, and good customer support.
it has been in business, how quickly costs have increased, etc.
c. Plugins – Plugins for WordPress and the Theme Builders usually have a free version, but the paid version has more options. Plugins are a particularly important part of a website. They work along with WordPress and theme builders. For example, a few are SEO for Search Engine Optimization, SSL for security, W3 Total Cache for caching, WP Smush. it for compressing images, All in One SEO Pack to maximize the search engine.
WordPress – Try out the WordPress builder and see if it is something that you want to use and works for you. If this is not something you want to try to use a paid Theme Builder. A huge number of websites are built on WordPress. This is a CMS or a free and open-source content management system. It uses plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WordPress as Themes. In addition, you have to make sure that the Host that you choose uses WordPress.
Theme Builders and Themes
Theme Builders can be used with WordPress. Divi Theme Builder, Elementor Pro, Beaver, Thrive, Wix. I use the Divi Theme Builder by elegant Themes. Most of these builders have a trial version, so you can see what they are like. Some of them have a yearly fee and a One-time Lifetime price for unlimited websites.
Themes are a good way to build your site. They come with theme builders or you can build your site from scratch. There are free and paid themes from various sites. Each theme will most likely come with a lot of free themes. You can do more research on various sites that offer themes. Just make sure if you are using a theme builder you get themes that can be used with it.
Google Analytics is another important part of a web master’s arsenal. This will keep track of the number of visitors on your site, how long they stayed, which pages they stay at, etc. It is important to know the statistics of your website to know which pages are viewed and the ones that aren’t. This will enable you to make any changes to stay up to date.
A Sitemap is another important file. This is a file that provides information about your files and pages. Search engines ready this file to “crawl” your website.
A Few More Things
After You Research Your Website
All of the research for your website has been completed. Your site is designed, and it looks great. All of the research you did has been great. And now it is up to you to make sure you keep your site up to date and current. You can even do this by just changing a few words around here and there, move some paragraphs and change a picture or two be sure not to let it stagnate. And if you are using a theme builder, make sure that you keep your plugins and theme up to date.
I hope this information helped and if you have any questions, please let me know.