5 Requirements To Build Your Own Business Website

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Every business needs a professional website. A well designed business website clearly communicates you products and services to customers. Business owners who are just starting out might not have the budget to hire a full time development agency. Luckily, it is easy enough to create your own website without advanced technical skills. In this post, we’ll outline the key requirements you need to build a business website on your own.

Start With A Vision

Before designing a website, you should have a clear picture of what the website should look and feel like. These best way to really develop this clear picture is by drawing inspiration from other sites. You can look at your competitors, friends or popular websites that you like. Then, list the attributes that you like or dislike about these websites. They will give you a strong idea of the vision you have your website. Having a clear picture in your mind is an essential first step to building a website.

Buy A Company Domain

Now that you have a clear picture in mind, you need to purchase a website domain name. Preferably, the domain should reflect your company or brand rather than a specific product or service. In the event that your business takes off, you won’t have to change your domain just because you are adding new product lines or services. Most importantly, the domain name should be short, easy to remember and relevant to your company. When ready, pay the costs to register a domain and you’ll be ready for the building part.

Choose A Website Builder Platform

Next, you will need a website builder to develop your site. There are many types of platforms that you can use to build a site, including free templates, hosting with wordpress, cpanel web hosting or an all-in-one website builders. For the least technical option, you should use a website builder. It allows you to simply login to your website, choose a professional looking theme and customize it to your needs. Without using any technical skills, you can have a website that looks like it was designed by a professional agency and fulfills your original vision for you business.

Upload Your Business Content And Images

With a website platform in place, now you just have to upload your business information. Start with the basics of what your company does, why you guys are special and who you hope to serve. Moreover, include your hours of operation, location and contact information. Once you have all the basic details up, take the time to publish noteworthy content marketing tips and tricks that will establish your business as a leader in your area. Your content is one of the most important factors that contribute to a successful business website.

Connect Your Social Media Profiles

After uploading your content, connect your business’s social profiles. The common platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus, are great places to share your new website. In fact, most of your customers are likely to be on these platforms. Therefore, your should connect them to your website, making it easy to share, engage and interact with potential customers. Today, social connections are crucial for any website.

Your business will benefit greatly from a professional website. Using these requirements, you can build your own website. It can take you less than one day to develop a vision, buy a domain, sign up for a website builder, upload your content and start sharing your site. Best of all, you will save time and money by building your website yourself.

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Samantha Acuna is a writer based in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, and Yahoo Small Business.