Getting Started Basics

This page includes details about some of the steps involved in getting up and running with a website. It is our attempt to streamline and simplify the process and still offer many options at a great price. For that reason we make extensive use of informative and training videos. Please feel free to contact us directly if you need further assistance with anything.

Purchasing a domain name

Chose a name that is your business name or is descriptive of your business, service, or product. Registering a domain name is as easy as buying anything else on the web. The most challenging part may be to find a name that has not already been taken.
It is preferred that you buy your own domain name and change the DNS, (basically an address that allows the computers on the web to find the server where your website is hosted)

If you need assistance please see these videos:
Buying a domain name: 
DNS settings

Main text for your home page

For most this will be an area of text that describes your product or service, tells someone why they would hire you, and/or other marketing type message. If you are interested in being found by search engines, be sure you do some keyword research before writing the text.

Related: 18 SEO Basics for Search Engine Optimization

Pictures can also be used to great effect, they help break up longer text passages and as they say "can be worth 1,000 words".

Choosing a Home Page Layout

Laying out the home page is the best place to start. The home page is the page most people will see first and so it is probably the most important page. The internal pages will usually carry over some design elements from the home page, this provides some consistency to your brand, and lets visitors know that they are still within your website. If appropriate draw out what you would like or include a link to a web page that reflects what you would like.

Choosing Colors

You have the option to choose colors for you site background, Container, and text.  Instead of colors you may prefer patterns, textures or images. There are fantastic free resources online for finding patterns and textures, one of my favorites is: Lost and Taken.  There are also great websites that can help with color choices and a short instruction video on how to use that site.  Colors can look different on different screens and we know there are at least 50 shades of grey, so if you have a specific color please use the Hex number identifier. The instructional video below can show you how to get the Hex number if you do not have it.

Instructional video on colors
Chose your colors: online resource