If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, then you know the importance of having an online presence. In today’s world, the internet is used for many functions, especially research and purchasing products. Businesses with websites are much more likely to be discovered. But what if you know almost nothing about building a website or how to establish an online presence? Keep reading to learn more about what you need to build a website.
You Need a Domain
A domain name is essential in building a website. Potential clients will use it when they wish to search for your services or products, usually through a search engine. You will need to create a domain that is easily searchable and relates to your business and the products that are offered.
Once you have decided what your domain will be, you will need to check to ensure that the domain is available and then register that name with an accredited registrar. You will be charged a fee for this service. You will need to renew the registration every year. So, keep track of the renewal date so you can keep your domain name. If it expires, it could lead to a lot of hassle for you, as you would likely need to change your domain name. There is also a chance it could lead to security issues. Rather than risking security issues or losing ownership, try registering your domain with BoBella. It is possible to lock your domain to avoid losing ownership of it. You may also set up auto-renewal to ensure that your domain is kept current. For more information on registering your domain, click here.
A Good Hosting Plan
Web hosting involves allotting space on a web server to store files. It is like renting or purchasing space for a website on the internet. For establishing an online presence, you’ll need web hosting. There are many options that provide a myriad of web hosting services. Many plans are free, but those designed for businesses tend to be expensive. Research the best web hosting plan for you and determine what your budget is. BoBella offers several packages ranging from our basic plan to a pro plan. We also offer WordPress hosting that will give you automatic set up, backups and software updates as well as other features, depending upon which plan you choose. Check out more information about our web hosting features here.
An SSL Certificate
SSL, or secure sockets layer, is a certificate you need for your website to ensure any data that connects from your website to the server and browser is kept private. If you have clients who need to enter sensitive information on your website, then it is imperative to have an SSL certificate. Otherwise, important information could be stolen. A site encrypted with SSL will form a connection with the server, keeping that information strictly between the site and the server. Once your site has been encrypted, it will begin with “https://.” Many SSL certificate plans are included in hosting plans. BoBella offers several SSL certificate plans from one site to five sites. Click here to learn more.
Security & Firewalls
Website security is crucial not only for your sensitive information but for your clients as well. Installing a firewall is essential in protecting your site, as it keeps out hackers and viruses. Web application firewalls serve as an extra layer of protection as they filter all traffic that comes through. Essentially, this improves the site’s performance as well. Research which security plan works best for you and works within your budget. BoBella offers three options for securing and repairing hacked sites. Click here to see all of our plans.
Now, You Are Ready to Prepare Content and Build
To gain eye traffic, you will need to have engaging and current content on your site. Consider what you wish to include and what your clients will be looking for or interested in. Think about the information you will need to inform potential customers about who you are as a business or individual and what you offer. Your content should be easy to read, clear to follow and optimized for search engines in order to be discovered. You want your website to garner traffic daily and have content that clients will engage with.
If you are looking to build a website and establish your brand, BoBella is here to help. Since 2014, we have been helping companies of all sizes reach their marketing goals and increase growth. Learn more about us here.