WordPress is our first choice when building websites. It’s easily maintained by the client (that’s you!) after handover and is an affordable option. Coupled with Woocommerce it can also be an online shop. I’ve found Woocommerce best for digital products. For online shops please see Shopify below.
WordPress needs to be maintained and updated to stay secure and functioning at it’s best. This is fast and easy and you can take care of it yourself. With our hosting daily backups and a staging area for testing changes are included.
We like to use Shopify for professional online shops who need a stable platform. It’s not as functional when it comes to blogging, and should you want to have a blog to drive traffic to your shop we recommend you have a WordPress blog on a subdomain.
What are the costs?
When considering getting your business, professional/personal blog or project online, cost has to be considered.
There are the basic costs for branding, website design, and recurring domain and web hosting costs.
Nowadays you need to have an SSL certificate for your website or search engines are going to show your site as being not secure for visitors. If you sign up for WordPress hosting with us this is included for free. Otherwise, consult your web hosting company about how to move forward to get this installed.
You might want to look into having at least basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) done, as well as marketing to get your website and brand known.
Finally, ongoing support and maintenance costs should also be considered.
The Nitty Gritty
Steps to take
Before anything else, you’re going to need a domain name. Check that the domain name you want is available before you settle on your business name/branding.
Shopify includes web hosting in their monthly fee but if you’re using WordPress, you need web hosting. We use WP Engine for our WP clients, and through our account you can take part of their dedicated WordPress hosting at about half price.
Please don’t go with the cheaper options out there, as they are cheap for a reason.
Now it’s on to getting your content ready, your branding in place and thinking about what kind of website you want for your business or blog. Make sure you have your content proof read and that it’s at a final stage when you send it through to be uploaded to your site.
Our questionnaire is a great tool to get you thinking about the important questions about your business online presence. Spending some time working on this will greatly enhance the end result and the speed at which we can finalise your website.