One of my new team members was asking about the process for setting up a website. I tried to outline it as simply as possible for her and then thought it would be good to share it here.
Setting up your website – there are a few components to this:
1. Purchase a domain name – if you haven’t got one already you can go to www.acsdomainservices.com for a domain. If you are in Australia I encourage you to go to https://www.domaincentral.com.au for probably the best priced domains that are .au specific. (Domain names are like a PO box address – directs people to your website).
2. Obtain webspace. Your current webhost might have webspace reserved for you under your email account. Check with them, but if not, have a look at www.acswebservices.com for hosting services.
3. Design the website. Don’t use Publisher or Word for this. It should be a web design program like MS FrontPage, Dreamweaver or there are a number of other programs available if you do a search online. It needs to be a program specifically designed for that purpose. Alternatively you could engage someone to do it for you, or look at the possibility of using a free hosted blog service for this, such as WordPress or Blogger. I have WordPress available with my web hosting service and you don’t have to know any coding – you just log in and enter the content and use any one of the thousands of free templates available online. WordPress now has static pages available so it doesn’t even have to act like a blog.
Of course there is much more to it than this but it at least gives you some idea of what is needed and then once the site is created you can start looking at the other things such as meta tags, search engine submissions and so on. That’s the great thing about the VA chat forums – there’s always someone around who can help you learn the next step.Â Have fun! KMT