Building your first website can be an exciting (yet challenging) task. This article deals with how to get your website online once you have it created. However, if you have not yet created a website, you can check out our article on how to use wordpress to create your own site easily OR you can purchase web design from one of our professional partners.
How to Get Your Website Online in 3 Easy Steps:
Step 1: The two things you will need to get your website online is a domain name and web hosting. A lot of place like godaddy want to charge you an arm and a leg for each of these items separately. However, there are a few web hosting providers that will give you a free domain name when you purchase web hosting with them. With this in mind we have listed a few hosts that will give you a free domain name.
* You will need to sign up for one of these web hosting accounts before moving to step 2.
Step 2: If you have designed your website you will need to upload your files to your new web hosting account. You will do this by using a FTP program. FileZilla is a great FREE ftp program. After you sign up for web hosting with one of the three hosts above you will receive an email with your account FTP information, you will simply plug this information into FileZilla. If you need additional help, we have a great (and detailed) article that discusses how to upload your website using FTP.
Step 3: By this step your website is actually online and visible to you; however, you now will need to market your website. Depending on what type of site you have you can do this in many different ways. If you are looking to create a profitable online business you will want to create a SEO Friendly website. I have also found it very rewarding to advertise using Google Adwords. There are a lot of web hosting providers that will give you free Google Adwords credit when you get your website online with them. Local businesses, churches, and personal sites can typically rely on word-of-mouth advertising. Be sure to place your website address on all of your literature (brochures, business cards, signs, etc.)
As always feel free to contact us if you need any additional help!