let's talk semi techie!
In this blog post I will get semi technical, don't worry I will break it down to help you understand fully. One of the challenges of technology is finding someone to explain things in a non technical manner.
Many times tech guys bamboozle you with tech terms to help them justify the prices they are charging!!!
So let's start
Write quality content, which is relevant to your target audience. The information you provide should timely, up to date and written for a human, not a search engine.
The first most important thing you need is a domain name. This is the basically the name of your website – for example internetbusinessdemysified.com is the domain name I use for this site.
Although you buy the domain name you actually have to renew it every year – this is so important as if you forget to renew it someone else could renew it and take your brand (yes it happens quite a lot!).
I recommend you get a domain name that reflects your brand or what you are offering. On this site I am demystifying internet business so the domain name reflects this 🙂
In order to register a domain name you use a domain name register site. I personally recommend Namesilo as they are easy to use and cheaper in price than other services.
Once you have registered your name you need to find hosting. This is a company that has a computer connected to the internet 24 hours a day 7 days a week and its only function is to “host” your website.
I run a hosting company so please contact me for more details 🙂 Essentially you want a reliable host who offers good service at a reasonable price!
Once all of this is done you need to then install WordPress – it is the best known and most used content management system on the web. Probably 70% or more of websites run WordPress.
Installing WordPress is not that difficult but again I can help you with this if you need help, just let me know.
Once you have your domain name, hosting and WordPress sorted out you need to find what is called a theme. This is template for your website and will make your website look professional. A theme should be easy to use – personally I recommend Elegant themes (this site runs it) as they offer a lot of customisation and above all their support is amazing.
In conclusion – setting up a website is not that difficult but you need to know what you are doing. However, the cost of setting up an online business is maybe $200 – with ongoing costs of maybe $100, compared to maybe thousands for an offline business.
If you're interested in getting a more in-depth explanation of the whole process I recommend you sign up for my series of videos where I talk about hosting, word-press and local business marketing: