Here's how the web design process works

All the little tips on getting a great looking website included. (page 2)
This is what you and I will go through, and should be prepared to do to make a great website.

Step 1.

Find some space for your website.

#1.1. Let’s start with just the domain.

You’re going to have to get a domain first.The easiest and cheapest way is to buy one is through GoDaddy.com.

There are many other domain registrars online, you can find them with an easy Google search.

Some things you will have to know. 
– When getting a .com.au, you need an ABN, and it could take a couple of days to get it registered. It works fine for everyone in Australia.
– The .com is still the easiest to remember.
– Besides the .net, and .org, there are many new gTLD (generic Top Level Domains) that you can use to get a creative domain address. Check out the list here.

Some advice on choosing a domain name.
– An intuitive, direct reference to your business/character is the best choice.
– Adding hyphens can sometimes acquire you what you want, but try saying it out loud. If it doesn’t roll off the tongue, it’s probably too hard to remember. (ex. “I want almostinevitable.com, but it’s taken, so I’ll just get almost-inevitable.com.” needs a bit of explanation every time you tell someone about your website.)
– Getting too creative with the letters or numbers could be detrimental. (ex. 41mos7inevit8ble.com or almstinvtble.com)

#1.2. The next step is to get a server.

Think of a server like a hard drive. It’s where you store the files for your website. The text, the images, the documents, and videos.

You will need to set the nameservers of your domain to point it to your server.

Here’s some advice on choosing a server
– There are cheap servers (about $5 US a month if you pay for 3 years up front), and they aren’t too bad. In fact, BlueHost, JustHost, and the ilk host a lot of websites. The catch is that they put your domain in with the rest of the cheap servers and sometimes your website can be a bit slow. Also, like computers, your server might lack in memory. The space is usually not an issue as long as you are not uploading videos directly. (Use Vimeo, Wistia, or YouTube for that)
– The slightly more expensive servers are much much better though. Almost no down time, usually unlimited space, better memory, and less websites sharing the space (so faster).

#1.3. All this can be purchased directly through an internet hosting company yourself.

OR, we can sit down, and work on getting both the domain and hosting together. Just get your credit card ready, and I can walk you through purchasing everything together, no extra cost.

OR, if you have a domain (or just bought one) you can have me host your website. My prices are cheaper than anything else you can find on the internet, plus I pay for “professional” webhosting, so my servers are much better than the cheaper ones.

Learn more about my hosting prices here

Think of it like this:

Domain

The address you want your home to be located

Nameserver

The registry that gets your land acknowledged at that particular address

Webhosting

The land where you are going to build your home

Step 2.

Envision your new website

#2.1. Start with a one word category for your website

Here’s a bunch of words that can help you determine what type of website you are aiming for:

Photography, Music, Blog, Magazine, Restaurant, Corporate, Creative, Directory, Social, eCommerce, Education, Mobile, Entertainment, Real Estate, Retail, Technology, Wedding, etc

Even if your idea for the main category is not listed there, you get the idea. Settle on one word.

#2.2. Now you need a word to sub-categorize your main category.

For example, if you are a photographer, the common sub-categories are: wedding, event, portrait, landscape, casual, etc.

Or if you are a musician, some sub-categories would be: rock, jazz, metal, dubstep, etc

Or if you are a restaurant, some sub-categories would be: burger, steak, grilled, Thai, sushi, etc

Or if you are an artist (creative) some sub-categories would be: illustrations, digital, calligraphy, watercolor, etc

I hope you get the idea. This helps you understand which direction you want to go in the next step.

#2.3. Think of two modifiers: an aesthetic style + an emotional style

Here are some more examples:

A wedding photographer might think of: old-fashioned, and happy

A rock musician might come up with: punk, and lively

A steak restaurant might say: rustic, and friendly

Or an illustration-focused creative might consider: dark, and sombre

I hope you get the idea. This helps you understand which direction you want to go in the next step.

Think of it like this:

 

Categories

The style of architecture you want the house to have

Modifiers

The style and colors of your house

Step 2.

Envision your new website

Step 3.

Getting the content ready

#3.1. You need to gather the content.

Normally,

 

#3.2. Photos should be high quality

Think of a server like a hard drive. It’s where you store the files for your website. The text, the images, the documents, and videos.

You will need to set the nameservers of your domain to point it to your server.

Here’s some advice on choosing a server
– There are cheap servers (about $5 US a month if you pay for 3 years up front), and they aren’t too bad. In fact, BlueHost, JustHost, and the ilk host a lot of websites. The catch is that they put your domain in with the rest of the cheap servers and sometimes your website can be a bit slow. Also, like computers, your server might lack in memory. The space is usually not an issue as long as you are not uploading videos directly. (Use Vimeo, Wistia, or YouTube for that)
– The slightly more expensive servers are much much better though. Almost no down time, usually unlimited space, better memory, and less websites sharing the space (so faster).

#1.3. All this can be purchased directly through an internet hosting company yourself.

OR, we can sit down, and work on getting both the domain and hosting together. Just get your credit card ready, and I can walk you through purchasing everything together, no extra cost.

OR, if you have a domain (or just bought one) you can have me host your website. My prices are cheaper than anything else you can find on the internet, plus I pay for “professional” webhosting, so my servers are much better than the cheaper ones.

Learn more about my hosting prices here

Think of it like this:

 

Domain

The address you want your home to be located

Nameserver

The registry that gets your land acknowledged at that particular address

Webhosting

The land where you are going to build your home

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