For the past couple of weeks, we have all been stuck inside, unable to even go to work. Influencers have tried to preach that now is the perfect time to complete that passion project. Workout pros are sharing home workouts. It is all a bit overwhelming, considering we are in the middle of an anxiety-provoking crisis.
That said, you probably need a website now more than ever. If you run a business or want to find a new way to support yourself, it is necessary to adapt to a completely digital life.
The good news is that you do not need to put in hours of hard work every day to get your website running. You can have an attractive website up-and-running within a day. It does not need to be the finished product, but can serve an incredibly important need until the world is back to normal.
To start building your website, follow these 3 steps.
Choose reliable web hosting
The most fundamental piece of the puzzle is web hosting. Without it, you cannot get your website online. However, far too many people see it as nothing more than a placeholder for your site. That leads them to choose their hosting carelessly, ultimately finding that the first Google result is not necessarily reliable.
We recommend going with cloud hosting. In 2020, it is the natural progression from the traditional plans. What is cloud hosting? Cloud hosting is hosting that is not limited to one physical server. Rather, resources are spread out over multiple servers, providing more reliable hosting and many more options.
Choose a CMS
A good content management system (CMS) makes it easy to build a website with tools which facilitate flexibility and simplicity. WordPress is the most popular platform and for good reason. It provides comprehensive tools that can be used by beginners and experts alike.
However, if you really want simplicity, Wix is another great option. Wix does most of the work for you, and you can have an attractive website up within an hour. It is important to be aware that Wix is not the most flexible CMS, and once you have chosen a theme you are stuck with it.
Domain name and logo
There is nothing more unprofessional than a website which ends in .wix or .wordpress. It means you have not put the most basic investment into your website. For this reason, one of the first things you should do is choose and pay for a domain name. It should either be the name of your business or accurately reflect what your business does.
The same is true of a logo. We are visual beings, and our eyes are drawn to images. Without a logo, your website feels unfinished. But make sure to design a logo that is suitable to your industry. A misleading logo will drive people away before they bother to find out what you’re really about.
If you don’t have visual design skills, tools like Wix’s logo designer make it easy to create an attractive logo.
Starting a website now is a good use of your time. However, it does not need to be a time-consuming, morale-sapping activity. On the contrary, it can take you a few hours and serve its purpose now when you need it most.