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How To Start A Website: 9 Simple Steps

August 30, 2023
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Want to launch a new website for your business or even a personal project? The process may seem daunting initially, as you’re wondering where to start, but it doesn’t have to be.

In this post, we’ll go over nine main steps to start a website.


1. Decide on Your Website’s Purpose


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What exactly do you want to achieve with your website? Maybe you want to use it to sell products online, encourage people to contact your business for quotes, or simply educate audiences on a particular topic.

Figuring out your website’s end game will help you determine what kinds of content you want to include and the design you want to put together.


2. Choose a Domain Name


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The next step is to select a domain name for your site, which will give people a means of finding and navigating your site.

There are certain best practices to keep in mind when selecting a domain name, including:

  • Make sure your domain name matches your brand name if it’s for a business site.
  • Use your full name in a domain for a personal site if you intend to use your actual name.
  • It’s typically in your best interest to get the .com version of your domain, if possible, as it’s an international domain and people will more easily remember it.


3. Determine What Content to Include


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With your website’s purpose in mind and your domain in hand, you can then figure out the specific content you want to include on your website. Do you want to make it a place to discuss your offerings and tell your company story? Maybe you want to use it as a hub for information, like a blog or another type of educational resource that establishes you as a leader in your industry or niche.

In the process, figure out which keywords to rank for search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns to get your website in search engine rankings.


4. Use a Web Hosting Service


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In addition to your name and the concept for a website, you should use a web hosting service to run your site. A web hosting service like Bluehost and others can help you find a home for your domain name and allow you to fully develop your website.

While you might be stuck with one limited platform when you use a website builder, the right web hosting service will let you use the platform that works best for your site, including reliable platforms like WordPress.


5. Implement Good Website Design


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A great website will also have a great design that balances appeal and practicality. Your web design should be attractive with the right color schemes and layout. Your site should also be easy to navigate for visitors who land on it, encouraging them to stay on your site for longer and, if you’re trying to sell online, lead to more customer conversions.


6. Get Going on Website Development


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You’ll also need reliable website development to ensure your website is fully functional. If your website is simple, you may only need a single developer to get things up and running. However, if your website is more complex and consists of many components, development will also get more complicated. If your site is large or otherwise difficult to develop alone, you may find that you need a website development team to help run your site.

Generally, it’s best to figure out your content, design, and hosting before starting web development.


7. Don’t Forget to Add a Logo and Favicon


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Adding a logo and favicon to your site can significantly help with branding.

Develop a logo that’s memorable and unique to you, and which you can use across your marketing and advertising campaigns. This logo will go on your website’s header and should appear across the site.

Meanwhile, the favicon will be a smaller version of this logo that people will see in the URL next to your domain name when loading your site. The favicon will also appear as an icon for your site when people bookmark a page.


8. Mobile-Optimize Your Site


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Mobile users should be able to access your site and navigate it easily, so be sure to optimize your site for mobile screens. You can also test your website on smartphones and other mobile devices to see the experience for yourself and optimize accordingly.


9. Launch Your Website


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With everything ready to go, you can launch your website and make it public. You may want to publicize it with a press release or social media shares, explaining what the site is all about.

Launching your site will also begin the indexing process when search engine bots start crawling the site and preparing to rank it.


Get Help With Your Website from Experts


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Starting a website on your own may get overwhelming, especially if you have big plans in store for it. If you need some help with designing, developing, hosting, and launching your site, Kore Media is here for you.

If you want some assistance with your next website project, contact us today and connect with one of our experts to get started.