Buy a domain name from a registrar such as crazydomains
. Prices vary from about $10/year. First year is usually always offered at a discounted price. The one up-sell you might want to consider is a “private registration” if you don’t have a PO Box and don’t want people to know where you live.
This is where you website “resides”. Prices and types of hosting plans vary. Unless you have a big budget, start with a cheap but reliable host for one year until your online presence takes off and is rewarding (meaning it brings lots of $$$). Refer to this post for more details.
Nowadays web designers use Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Ghost, Joomla, Drupal… It allows you to edit/update your website without the need for a professional. I specialise in setting up website with the most popular website design platform in the world that is WordPress.
WordPress is popular because it makes updating and growing your website a breeze as it is 100% customisable and 100% scalable.You can easily add new functionality and more pages at any time and it is the most SEO-friendly website design platform.
SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization. Once you have a website, it needs to be found but it will not happen on its own. Having an optimized website is only one small step for being found on search engines such as Google or Bing.
SSL is short for Secure socket Layer. Or simply, when you see a padlock and https, you know the site has a SSL certificate.
All financial institutions and shops will have one and there are different types of SSL. If your website does not have a SSL certificate, Chrome will show an exclamation mark next to your domain name.