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What do I need to start a new website?

What do I need to start a new website? This guide will walk you through each step so that you can launch your new site in no time.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is; starting your online journey is necessary in today’s digital world.

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and the Internet is constantly at everyone’s fingertips. The big fat Yellow Pages has been taken over by technology, and customers are using the Internet to research, buy from and find businesses.

“If your business doesn’t have a website, you could miss out on potential customers and sales.”

So before making that phone call to a web designer, you will need a couple of things to start. But if you don’t want to tackle this alone, your web designer will be able to help you.

So, what do I need to start a new website?

You will need a domain name & hosting.

Your domain is the name of your website. It’s like your address on the Internet, e.g. www.yourbusinessname.com.au. So first you need to register a domain name. A domain name is what people type into their browser to find your website. You can buy a domain name from a company such as GoDaddy (www.godaddy.com).

Once you purchase a domain name, you can use a web hosting service to store files for your website. Web hosts provide space on their servers where you can upload your website files. Both a domain and hosting are needed to keep your website live.

Those are the two techy things you will need to make your website live, but there are other things to think about regarding what you want out of your website.

What else to keep in mind?

At the very least, you need to have an idea of your business brand, target audience and what you want to achieve with your website.

Brand Identity

As a website is part of your brand’s identity, you must keep that in mind when thinking about the design. You will need to give your designer your style/brand things like your logo, branding colours etc. and the message you want your customers to see.

What do you want to achieve with your website?

You will also need to think about what you want your website to achieve, for example:

Do you want to generate leads and sales? Do you want to create some brand awareness? Showcase your products and/or services. Give customer information? Take bookings or show off your shopfront etc.

A great way to start the process is to figure out what you like in a website and what you don’t like. When browsing the Internet, take notes and familiarise yourself with the layouts and styles you like and those that you don’t.

Target Market

To succeed online, you need to figure out your target audience. When you know this, your company messages, voice, and marketing will work better for you.

Next Steps

Once you have a clear idea, you should talk to a web designer to get the ball rolling. Your website designer will be able to guide you through the techy stuff and suggest ways to bring your ideas to life.

However, suppose the idea of deciding what’s best for your business is entirely overwhelming. In that case, a good website designer can guide you through the process and find the best solution for you and your business.

Here at Full Circle Creative, we understand that getting your business online can be a minefield, and we’re fully prepared to help you every step.

So what are you waiting for? Book a consultation today with Kaz at Full Circle Creative.

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For further information, check out our website design services.

What do I need to start a new website

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Kaz Wolter

Kaz Wolter

Hey there, I'm Kaz Wolter, your friendly neighbourhood web designer. I've been tinkering with websites since forever (or at least since dial-up internet was a thing).

I call the beautiful shores of Lake Macquarie, NSW my home. When I'm not glued to my computer screen, you'll find me sipping coffee like it's going out of style, chasing my dog around the backyard, and occasionally pretending I'm a culinary genius (results may vary).

Do you have a website itch that needs scratching? I've got the digital scratchpad ready. Let's chat and make your online presence shine!

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