If we succeeded in convincing you to create your own website with our article “Why do I need to create a website?”, then you should also read this article, where This Foreigner Can guides you step by step through the process of building your website as cheaply as possible.
1) Find a domain name
The domain name is the web address of your company. In other words it’s a URL that allows people to find your company on the internet. As a result this domain name must be chosen very carefully because it will represent your company. That’s why we suggest that you choose a domain name which is either the name of your company, or which perfectly illustrates what your company does. This title needs to catch the consumer’s attention. For example, the most popular websites are characterised as follows: YourCompanyName.com. Basically you have to pay annual fees to get it (around but there are also free websites that give you a URL name.)
Here are 3 websites that will give you a domain name:
2) Choose a web hosting service
The web hosting service is a link between your company and the internet. It will enable you to be accessible on the World Wide Web and consequently to everyone in the world.
Their price depends on the services that you are looking for (data storage, traffic statistics…) Basically, it costs between £5 and £50 per month. Alternatively, if you don’t want to pay for it, there are free web hosts, but with these you will probably have to put up with their advertisements on your website. In this case, the most popular sites that we recommend are: GoDaddy.com, 1&1 Internet Hosting, HostGator.com or Hostmonster.com.
3) Setting up your website
The next step is setting up your website. This consists of designing and building your page. To complete it successfully you have to use a content management system (CMS) which is a platform/software to manage and build your website. Currently the best online software is WordPress that has the advantage of being free and easy to use. If you are not convinced by WordPress, you can manage your website with Drupal.com and Joomia.com
Creating your website by yourself appears to be the cheapest option, but another possibility would be to ask a web-developer. Nevertheless, if you have a small budget we don’t recommend resorting to this solution. Using a web-developer will cost you approximately £3000. As Rafael Dos Santos advises you on the video, a final option that you have is to hire a graphic designer who can help you to choose a design for your website, before submitting it to the web developer.