How To Create A Website Easily With cPanel
Creating a website for personal or business use is always a starting point for most online businesses. But there is more beyond getting a custom domain name.
We have listed these below as a starter.
1. Figure out the core purpose of the website.
There is always the tendency to wake up in the morning or visit a website and then taking the decision to start a website.
This is OK if you just want to have an online presence.
But if you think that there come a time or that you are building the website to earn a living from it, then a serious consideration on the problem you want to solve with that website should be paramount.
It will save you tons of regret done the road and give you a clear vision on what it will look like and how yo want to use it.
2. Research your competitors or similar sites.
Whatever the idea you want to bring online, chances is that someone has had that idea before and may even have it online.
Been able to see what the others have done will help you either to do it better or side-step the mistakes they have made.
It is always better to learn from the mistakes of others, than making yours which often is expensive.
There are tons of tools that you can use including:
3. Create a plan for customer acquisition.
This is probably the biggest mistake most of us make. Unless you already have an existing clientele, customer acquisition is hard and will require grinding hard work.
Having a clear idea how you will go about this task is important not only for the survival of the idea, but it also give you a good idea of what the website will look like and its flow.
The tools you will you use will depend on the market and sector you want to play in or dominate.
4. Run a test or a trial to validate your data.
Always validate your idea with a pilot project.
It might as small as getting this website and pointing traffic to it to see if visitors are visiting the website and what they are looking for.
It might also be spending money to use the services of a market research company.
5. Think about the domain name.
This is important and often than not demands a mix of flexibility and creativity.
Make it relevant:
Again, unless you are building a personal website or brand around your name, it always better to find a domain that have some relevance to the service you wish to offer.
Think like your would-be users:
Ask yourself the question, what would a customer type into a browser to find my business? An easier to remember phrase that people will likely search for and that ties back to the business.
Use a modifier:
If the domain name is for your business, consider adding words that describe what you do, or the make-up of your company; like construction, dentistry, partners or associates. The possibilities are endless.
Include your location:
Google love local SEO. If you are serving a specific geographic areas, including the information in your domain name can help make your website more locally relevant for search and also can show your community pride.
Enrich it with keywords:
Having a keyword-rich domain name can help with getting more clicks because users are almost twice as likely to click on a keyword-rich domain name that includes at least one of their search terms, compared to a domain name that does not contain any of the keywords. However, avoid using generic keywords and phrases exclusively.
Use your social media handle:
If you already have an existing clientele and you have been using your social media network for networking, use the same branding your audience is already familiar with.
Use a domain name suggestion tool:
Use our domain name checker to find an available domain name. All you need to do is type in keywords of interest and a list of relevant options is automatically generated for you to choose from. You can also use the tool to find recently expired domain names that are newly available and may be already receiving traffic.
Create a new buzzword:
Make up your own catchy, new words, at least that’s what Google, Bing, and Yahoo did. It may be the next big thing. You can use a thesaurus to find interesting words that may fit your brand or mission.
Keep it concise:
The shorter, the better. The top-5 websites have approximately 6 characters in their domain name. Always aim between 6-14 characters.
Easy to pronounce:
Find a domain name that can easily roll off the tips of your customer tongue. Yu can just write the domain name on a piece of paper and ask 10 people to pronounce it. If more than a few people struggle to pronounce it, you should simplify it.
Even though users aren’t likely to be saying your domain name out loud, pronounceability is still important. This is because of something called processing fluency: the ease with which our brains can process information. Names that don’t require a person to think too hard are usually the easiest to remember, and also more likely to inspire positive associations.
Avoid hyphens and numbers:
A domain name should be smooth and punchy, and hyphens and numbers get in the way of that. Stick to letters.
Use the right domain name extension:
While .com is tried and true, go with the extensions that represent your service or idea. “.club”, “.space”, “.pizza”, "blog" and so on.
The same applies to locations. use a country-specific extensions, such as “.nl” for the Netherlands, or “.de” for Germany and .ca extension for a Canadian company operating solely in Canada.
Avoid trademark infringement & confusion:
You don’t want any lawsuits on your hands. It gulp up the time, money and energy you will need. If the domain name you want to register infringes on a trademark, you could be sued and forced to give up the domain. Before you register your domain name, check to see if it violates any US trademarks here.
6. Purchase the domain name.
Buying a domain name is very easy. To find and purchase one, visit our domain name registration page, type in the domain you have chosen after the research above and our system will not only bring it up if it is available, it will also give you alternatives.
7. Evaluate your hosting needs.
Every project you will have online may likely require specific tools and resources to make sure it is capable of dealing with what you will throw at it.
However, it is always better to start small and scale up when you need more resources.
Our hosting packages comes wit unlimited disk space and bandwidth and this is more enough for almost every use case.
When you need something more robust, you can move to a VPS or a dedicated server within minutes.
8. Purchase a web hosting space.
This is simple. Just head over to our cPanel hosting shopping page, select your payment schedule, complete payment and check out. That's it.
Once your order comes in, our Sales team will evaluate it and approve it.
9. Install your website
Installing your website is a one-click affair. Hostragon offers a tool that automates every aspect of the installation, keep it updated and religiously backs it up daily. In fact, you can create a site without no programming or design skills.
If you want to do this manually, just upload your website using either the cPanel File Manager or an SFTP client.
If you need help, just open a ticket with our technical support team and we will take care of it.
10. Create contents, products or services
Now it is time for you to either start creating your blog posts, or adding contents to your website. If it is an e-commerce website, you will at this point start adding the products or the services you are offering.
11. Verify your website with Google, Bing and other search engines.
This is important. Verifying your website with Google, Bing and other search engines means that you have claimed ownership of that domain & associates a specific user with a specific property. Once you are verified for a site or app, you have access to its private Google Search data, and can affect how Google Search crawls it.
12. Optimize the website for bot and human search.
It is not enough to create a website and hope that somehow it would be found by users.
A website needs to be optimized for search using several methods. Our SEO Optimization team offers this as a service for business, bloggers and individuals who needs it.
13. Find ways to offer outstanding customer experience.
A good business must be obsessed with the customer experience.
Customers want to buy from the businesses that make it easy, enjoyable, and treat them like they care.
Like Steve Jobs said, "you’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology."
Make this a priority.
14. Acquire and maintain your customer base.
Well ... if you can take god care of your customers, then this will take care of itself.
Our team made up by cloud solution architects, system admins, marketing experts & SEO professionals is here to guide and work with you.
Want to build a website and don't know where or how to start?
Just let us know and we will handle everything from the beginning to the end.
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