A content site is ideal if you want to:
Showcase your business: present your products and services, receive leads through a contact form, introduce your team
Get a blog: a blog can help you grow an audience, inform and educate potential customers
Ideal if you are: a small business, a sole trader, or a freelancer
Our advices to easily and quickly get your website up and running on a shoe string
What do I need to get a professional website up and running?
You need 4 elements to have a functional website:
A domain name: for example "thebusinessplanshop.com" (or "www.thebusinessplanshop.com" - the www is optional)
Hosting: a service provider who will take care of hosting your site on a server
Wordpress: a powerful and free Content Management System (or CMS)
An awesome design: a colour scheme matching your brand values
Where can I find my domain name, a good hosting provider, and Wordpress :
The hosting company will take care of providing you with a domain name and Wordpress.
The hosting provider we recommend is GoDaddy.
Who is GoDaddy and why do we recommend them?
We use GoDaddy to manage our domain names and as a provider of SSL certificate (guaranteeing the security of your data on our site).
GoDaddy is the world leader registrar and one of the big names of hosting. But what describe best GoDaddy is mostly their fantastic support team and very competitive prices!
What is the best offer and how much does it cost?
From GoDaddy we recommend choosing either an Economy or Deluxe pack which offer the following features:
Domain name: 1 domain name included in the pack
Wordpress : install Wordpress in 1 click
Support: available 24/7 by phone or email
Email: more than 100 email addresses (you@yourDomain.com)
Storage: more than 100 Go and secured access through FTP (allowing you to send files from your computer to the server)
Backup: daily backup of your site
Price: it is hard to give you a hard number as the site very often offers discounts. But budget less than £5/month for the Economy pack, and less than £10/month for the Deluxe pack
Economy or Deluxe? This is up to you, the only difference is that your site might be a little faster if you choose the Deluxe option.visit GoDaddy
What about the design?
You have 2 options for the design of your site: use a (free or paid) Wordpress theme, or hire a designer to get a custom theme.
What do we advise?
We often hear entrepreneurs saying: "I hired a designer to get a custom theme for my site. It cost me a fortune, and now every time I need to change something I need to pay extra."
And that is sad given how cheap and good looking pre-made Wordpress themes are.
Our advice is to use a pre-made Wordpress theme as:
It is way cheaper: 0 to £100 for a Wordpress theme vs. a few hundred pounds for a custom theme from a designer
The result is almost the same: there are thousands of Wordpress themes to choose from, you will find one that suits you
It is more flexible: you can easily change your theme if needed, and you can still hire a designer a few months down the line if you want
Where can I find a Wordpress theme? There are lots of providers, DIY Themes is one of them, otherwise you can find some directly in Wordpress via the marketplace, or by searching for "Wordpress theme" on Google.