February 7th, 2009
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Getting Started

So you want a Website, and you’re not sure where to start.

For a new business, the right website can provide an important beacon to your potential customers.  For an established business a new website must maintain the legacy and reflect the brand awareness you have spent years cultivating.

There are many different types of websites.

A Brochure website is exactly like it sounds; it is an online representation of a brochure.

An e-Commerce website is one in which you sell stuff.

A Blog is a “diary” that is shared with the world.

A Database site is one in which you track all sorts of data and can have it reported in all sorts of ways.

An Organization site is a site that is used by an organization.

Most websites can fit into these categories, with a few bleeding into multiple categories.

One of the first things that we do with clients is to decide which style of website is right for them, and the ultimate goal of their website.  It may not seem like a hard question, but it is a very important one to answer.

Registration

The very first thing you should do is register your domain.  A good number of domains are already taken, but don’t let that worry you.  Be Creative.  Here’s a tip, if your business is based in a certain geography, try using the city, state, or county name in the URL that you register.  If you need help or advice, please contact us.

The length of your registration is up to you.  If you think you’ll be in business for a while, register the domain for a few years.  It’s cheap, and well worth the time savings of having to do it every year.  If your website is only going to be around for a short period of time, register it for one year.  You can always extend your registration at a later date.

Hosting

A host is a server where your website lives.  There are many different types of hosting you can get, and a basic rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for.  If you pay under $10 a month for your hosting service, it is likely that you are getting bare-boned service that you will need to maintain and monitor on your own with limited security.  The more you pay, the more security and ease of access you get.  At Jennifer Web Design, we offer many different hosting plans that are catered to your website needs.

Web Design

This is our favorite part.  A good Web Designer is someone who should be attentive to your needs, and easy to get in touch with.  Too often, we have clients that call us with this leading sentence:  “My Web Designer left town.”  Make sure you know the people you are working with.  Check out their Clients, and ask to meet them.  At Jennifer Web Design we love to meet our Clients, and (in fact) we can refer to many of them as friends.