How to create a website for your business in an hour (or less…)
DIY your whole life, including your business website! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to create a functional website – in fact, you can do it in an hour or less!
Get your business online and let’s get into four easy steps to building a site quickly
Start your trial with a host
There are so very many web hosting platforms out there, and each has its benefits! The tradeoff for free web hosting is typically your business URL will contain a custom subdomain (usually the company’s name) and significantly limited options for the look and feel of the site. Wix, SquareSpace, Freehostia, and Biz.nf all offer some basic website design and hosting options for free. You can also buy your domain from a company such as Bluehost and go straight for WordPress.
If you need a lot of traffic, it will be important that you select a host with the appropriate traffic capabilities to ensure 100% uptime
Pick your business category
Choose wisely! Content sites unify disparate content sources for editors by searching through business categories as one of their filters. Picking the appropriate business category is important so that your users can find your website and engage with your content!
Customize your design using the site builder
Now onto the fun part ☺ Using a site builder is an easy and creative way to create your domain.
Drag and drop tons of features, and use dynamic images that are relevant to your business and what you are selling! Using the site builder, you should be able to browse available templates and sample websites that are pre-made; simply customize with your branding and this will save you time. Presto, you have a website in one hour, my friends!
Which website builder option is best for you? In a nutshell…
Wix: The easiest user interface of all the website builders, and offers a lot of customization.
GoDaddy: Simple interface for low-traffic, basic websites with limited content.
SquareSpace: Best prepackaged designs and most compelling templates. Good for basic e-commerce.
Preview and publish!
So you have a draft site and you want to see how it looks? If you’re viewing a site on a mobile device, the content automatically adjusts to fit the screen. You can preview how your site appears on different devices, and you should definitely do this in order to ensure the appearance is homogenous across all platforms.
When you’re ready to publish your site for the first time, be sure to add a site name to complete the site URL. You can only use letters, numbers, and dashes in the site name. The beginning of the URL includes your organization’s domain and can’t be changed. You can continue to edit your site after you publish it. However, you need to republish the site to see any new changes.
If you’ve made it to the end of this article, congratulations, you are officially prepped on the main steps towards creating your site in one hour or less.
Modern tools like site builders exist to make your life easier, but MK Consulting knows the way to create branded websites that will attract your prospects and keep them coming back for your content.
Now that you’re ready to create your own website in less than an hour, we’re ready to let you in on a little secret. We know that we mentioned other website builders on this list, but our absolute favorite is Hubspot. You can do just about anything your heart desires.
And to top it off, we’re actually pretty efficient in Hubspot. We’ve spent countless hours learning the site and tools so that you don’t have to. Why not book an appointment with us today to see how we can get your website rolling in no time, that way you can use your time on all the other important aspects of your business?