All About Websites

Do I have to have a website for my business?

While you don’t have to have a website for your business, in this day and age, having a website is a way to allow customers/clients to perform a search and learn about your business, your offerings, to find out if you match their needs. A website is the storefront to your business, online. Not only does a website make your business look more professional, but it also offers your business a way to grow. Just think about it, what seems more professional? A business with only a Facebook page, or a business with a Facebook page AND a website? A website offers you an area to put out information about your business like the why/the vision, the services and pricing and the hours of operation, just to name a few.

 

What’s in a Name?

Your website name can make or break your website. I have been through many website domains and have finally settled on the winning ones that I LOVE. Each of the websites I have had, I have really liked the names, but for one reason or another, I chose to pursue a different path. Some key things I have come away with after multiple domains:

  1. Make it short, sweet, and to the point.
  2. Don’t do confusing spellings
  3. don’t add periods, dashes or hyphens
  4. make sure to pick a name that matches with your vision in the long run- not just in the now

Wordpress.com vs wordpress.org

Wordpress.com has changed a lot since I first learned about blogging a few years ago. A few years ago it was free, and you could purchase a domain and point it to your wordpress.com site, but now, now if you have the free option, it is only free if your domain is blahblahblah.wordpress.com. I would HIGHLY recommend having your own domain name. It looks more professional and it ensures that your domain is yours. The next plan where you can have your own domain, and have wordpress free of ad’s is 2.99 a month, paid in full for a one year fee of $35 and some change.

Wordpress.org is a self hosted platform that allows for more modifications to be made to your website. While you can pick your own theme for wordpress.com, with wordpress.org, you have many more themes to choose from, you can purchase a theme and make your website look exactly how you want it to look, and you are able to get plugins that allow you to get many extras that are not available in wordpress.com. Some hosting companies charge $2.95 a month, paid in full as one time fee, so with wordpress.com being 2.99, choosing to self host makes a lot more sense.

If you are going to use your website as a storefront or plan to monitize at all in the future, wordpress.org is the way to go.

There is also the choice to go with other sites like blogger, wix, and siteground, which all have their own set of pro’s and con’s.

Domain Registration Companies

  • Google Domains
  • Go Daddy
  • NameCheap
  • 1&1

Most hosting companies also provide domain registration, some of them free for the first year if purchasing hosting through them. The one tip I would give is to check about domain privacy. If you choose not to have privacy on your domain, your information (Full name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address) can be found and may times you will get emails, phone calls, and texts from “Companies” offering to help, some of them automated. No fun.

Hosting Companies

  • Mom Webs
  • Siteground
  • Bluehost
  • Namecheap
  • Host Gator
  • eHost
  • InMotion
  • 1&1
  • WPEngine
  • A Small Orange
Jess

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