Having a clear idea of what you’ll exactly need to build a website is necessary. It not just helps to stay on track but also saves your time and money. Making a checklist of to-do work provides you a clear idea of where to start and what is the next step towards achieving your goal. After reading this article you get a clear idea of building a new website.
Today, I’m sharing 8 essential things that are needed to build a beautiful website.
So let’s see these items and their importance in detail.
- Domain name
- Business email address
- Selecting the website building software
- Website template
- Web hosting
- High-quality images/infographics
1. Domain name:
A domain name is your website’s address, people use it to connect with your website. For example, the domain name of this website is www.spreadyourbusinessonline.in.
Selecting a domain name is the very first step you have to take in building your website.
The name of your website should be the same as your business name (*if you already running a business/shop) or select the name that is relevant to your business/field or niche. Keep it short, simple, and easy to remember.
Some of the famous domain name providers are GoDaddy, namecheap.com, and domain.com. Visit one of these domain providers and search for the name that you want to buy. They will show you details like the availability and price of your requested name with various extensions like .com, .net, .edu, .gov, .org, etc.
2. Professional business email address:
The key to a successful online business is trust, how you’ll build trust with the new visitors to your website? It’s very simple, just by providing the contact details and location of your shop(*if you own a shop).
Look at the email addresses above, which one sounds more formal and has a strong impression? the second one.
So to build a first strong impression of your business or website a business email is necessary. I know the next thing that pops up in someone’s mind is “The service matters more than just an email address.” Yes, that’s right only when the customer has already bought your service or worked with you!
Imagine you are visiting a website for the first time to buy a service and before doing so, you are checking the website’s contact details. There you see a free business email address! Don’t you think? A business/website that can’t afford a professional email, how they can provide a quality service to you? The same way your website visitors also think this.
You don’t need to buy a professional email separately if you’ve already purchased it when buying a domain name for your website. There is a special offer now on Godaddy, it provides this service at 27 Rs/user/month with 10GB of email storage(49 Rs/user/month Renewal price).
Google’s G suit also provides this professional email service at a reasonable price. It provides a user-friendly interface and theme The personal plan starts at 210 Rs/user/month with 30GB storage. They also offer business and enterprise plans for big businesses.
3. Selecting website building software:
After selecting a perfect domain name and professional business email address, the next crucial step is selecting a website builder to build your website. There are many website builders present in the market, according to your needs and budget you have to choose one of them.
Some popular website builders are
- WordPress.org: To build a fully customized blog with multiple features
- Wix: Wix plays an overall great role to build different stunning websites.
- Squarespace: Squarespace provides quality and responsive templates to build a powerful portfolio website
- Shopify: Shopify is the best one to build an eCommerce website/store
- Weebly: Weebly is easy to build a blog and website.
4. Website template:
Select a website template that looks professional and has a responsive design. It’s the pre-made website design that you can customize according to your needs.
5. Web Hosting:
Hosting means taking some space on a server on rent. This is the place where the content of your site is stored. While someone is browsing your website then your content is fetched from this website host. There are three types of hosting and depending on how many visitors visit your sites, you need to select one of them.
To understand the types of hosting let’s take an example of a multi-story apartment.
- Shared hosting: You are sharing the server with other websites, It is like you’re renting a room in an apartment and sharing the common area with other tenants.
- VPS hosting: In this, you’re still sharing the server with other websites, but now you have more space and flexibility. It is like you’re renting a separate apartment.
- Dedicated hosting is like you’re renting a whole building.
- Free hosting: This is provided by the fully managed website builders mentioned above. (like Wix, Squarespace, Shopify, etc.)
If you’re building your first website using a self-hosted website builder like WordPress. Then you need to buy a separate hosting service for your website. Bluehost and SiteGround come on the top in hosting service quality. In the beginning, you may not have an idea about your visitors so you can go with the shared hosting plan. And when you feel you’re traffic is increasing you can upgrade your plan at any time.
To build the brand identity, you need a logo for your business and website. It helps visitors and others to recognize your brand. Nowadays many free and paid tools are available to design a logo. You don’t require the knowledge of designing to design a logo. While designing the logo you need to keep in mind that your logo should be simple, relevant, scalable, versatile, and memorable.
One of the free and great tools is Canva, I love to use this tool. It’s so simple to use and you can make your attractive logo within a few minutes. Canva is also great to design an engaging social media post.
“A picture is worth a thousand words”
The resolution and clarity of the images used on your website should be good enough. Blurry and fuzzy images make a bad impression on your website. It’s a good habit to use images that are clear and impressive and related directly to the content on your site.
Don’t worry here are some amazing sources of high-resolution images.