The Internet is a wonderful tool to use to promote your small business. Putting your small business online can help your grow and bring in new customers. But designing a web site can be tricky for beginners. Since there are so many businesses online, you want yours to stand out to attract new customers. There are many web site options to choose from when marketing your business online and without help, it can be confusing and frustrating.
Some of the things you will want to think about as you begin to conceptualize the look and feel of your website:
• what is your domain name
• what website hosting service will you need
• what kind of images, videos, and logos will you put online
• what kind and how much web content will you have
• how large of a site do you want (how many pages)
• will there be online ordering or payments made
• will you allow your online visitors to contribute to the site
• will you be primarily an online business
• how will you measure the success of your website
Do It Yourself Web Design Software
There are many different software products out that allow you to build and design your own web site. These are great for someone with computer experience or web design experience who wants full control of their web design. The software choices range from free templates to basic web design all the way to expert web designing programs.
WebStudio 5.0 allows you to try their software and buy it if you like it. Their software package comes with live support and upgrades.
Hire an Expert or Consultant to Help Get Things Started
If you want some initial help getting things up and running, there are specialists that will set up your web design, then turn the wheel over to you. This works for people who have some experience with computers and want control of their web site, they just need a little assistance in the beginning to get set up.
Trench Media provides many business services, including web design. They can help you design your web site and get it online, then let you run it from there.
Hire A Business to Do It All
Some small business owners don't have the time or expertise to set up and maintain their business website, or they just plain don’t want to do it. There are many companies that will do all the work for you. You simply give the ok on what they design and let them handle the technical stuff. This option is the most expensive, but your web design will be created by professionals who know how to attract customers to your website – and keep them coming back.
Ariel Web Design is an example of a business that can take care and manage all of your web site design needs. They can create and set up a web site, provide maintenance services, or redesign a current web site.
There is a lot that goes in to creating a website. Domain names, web hosting, links, search engine optimization, keywords, etc. Finding help and support will make the process of getting your small business online smoother and less stressful. Once you decide how much of the work you want to do yourself and what your budget is, you can get started.
Visit the WBS Marketplace when shopping for web design software or other office supplies and books for your small business.