So it’s 2020 and you’ve shared the meme, wrote the tweet or said the magic words “This is my year”.
With January finally over no better time then now to start making that statement a reality. Admit it, you’ve got a ton of ideas that have being stewing, or perhaps waiting for “the right time”.
Well, stop deliberating and start somewhere. As I can tell you from the world of software development there’s no such thing as version 1 and done magic. You have to start somewhere, then the process begins. On that note, it’s worth mentioning that, it doesn’t have to be a super involved process either. Getting a new business/brand going online can be as involved as you want it to be. From my experience the trick is not how quickly and perfectly you first launch something. Instead, the key is to get something out and then be around for a long time. In other words – out last the competition. No one remembers “TheFacebook.com” that ran on PHP back in 2005, just the super powered version 670,650. Just saying.
That said, here are a few essentials to help you get started with building your new brand/business.
You need a domain name. It’s the address people use to find you ( i.e. yahoo.com ). You buy a name from a registrar but it’s more like leasing a name because you renew registration every year, 2 years, 5 years ( you get the idea). Namecheap is a good choice for this. The have a lot of options and great prices.
Along with your domain name you need hosting. Hosting is where your website lives. It’s essentially a computer ( the cloud ) somewhere out in the interwebs where all the website files are stores and served from. Your domain name points visitors to that computer. These computers or servers rather, are specially configured and secured for this purpose.
So here are some recommendations to help you get started on the cheap:
If you’re thinking, “I don’t need much” or just have no idea where to begin with hiring a web designer/developer; then a good option to go with for hosting is Weebly. Weebly is all-in-one platform powered by Square. It features an intuitive website builder tool allowing for anyone to quickly assembly a simple website or online store. No coding.
Now if you think you’re going to need something more robust and want to go in strong, I recommend utilized the WordPress Content Management Software paired with hosting from WPengine. WPengine is the top of the line when it comes to wordpress hosting: daily backups, 24/7 support, top level site security, bandwidth, testing tools and more.
Here’s are the offers/links again:
Now what are you waiting for, carpe diem!