Register a Domain Name
Your domain name is like the home of your website. Take your time with this step because the name you choose becomes part of your brand. You cannot change your domain. You can only register a new name.
Also, try to choose a name that is short enough so you can get matching usernames for Twitter, YouTube and other Social Media accounts. Branding is everything.
sign up with a web host
What Kind of Site Do You Want?
How Long Will Website Success Take?
This is one of the most common questions I receive about the creation and success of a website and it's also the most difficult to answer .
The time it takes will depend completely on YOU and how long it takes you to learn how to market your site. It will vary from person to person for a variety of different reasons.
If you were running an offline store, you would never expect to know how long before you sell 100 donuts right? The same applies to the online world. There is no way to predict how quickly you will get the traffic you need to succeed with your site .
A CLASSIC Website Mistake
Don't fall into the trap of being so focused on the money that your site fails to connect with
1) Will your site solve problems better than the competition?
2) What kind of person will it cater to?
3) Why would someone come to your site instead of an already-established site on the same topic? What is your unique angle or spin?
In other words, create a unique experience that helps people connect with your content in ways the competition doesn't.
If you want to create a successful site, you have to understand the importance of connecting with human beings instead of just building a site with words on a page.
There are enough wikipedia-like websites on the Net today. Aim to be different, fresh and over deliver your content.
The Free Website Warning
I am often asked about creating free websites. Sorry, but you won't find recommendations here.
Not only does the web address look unprofessional (freesite.yoursite.com), but you will be very limited to what you can do with your site.
Free sites are also very risky because you don't own your content. So if the company decides to shut down, guess what happens to your content?
Many people make the mistake of starting off free with the intention of moving to a paid host later. The problem is, the process of moving to another host can be a royal pain, so you might as well do it right the first time.
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