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WEB/DIGITAL First couple of steps for website?

yveskleinsky

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I have seriously spent the last couple of months immersed in learning how to start a profitable site. ...Seriously, no one buy WildAmbitions wants to hang out anymore as my social life is now revolving around learning about MySQL and business entity structures- giant snoozefest for most people!

Anyhow, am I on track with these start up steps?

1. (site is under construction.)
2. Looking to form an LLC.
3. Looking to get site/code copyrighted and logos trademarked.
4. BP is 90% done (keeps evolving as our knowledge grows).

Am I missing anything so far? Any advice on the next steps?
 

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dhuang

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So far so good. What service/product are looking to product? You may need to look into paid advertising/PPC/SERPS/SEO to make yourself known - and get high search engine rankings.

Good luck!
 

wildambitions

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Just revisiting some of the threads that I have subscribed to for the last couple of years and came across this one. I had to comment, being that building and developing websites has now become my business.

Knowing what I know now, it is funny what I did not know. My clients now all ask the same questions that I asked back when this thread was started and now I have the answers.

There is certainly a basic process for starting a website. So here is my list:

1. The process begins with getting a domain name.

2. Then you will need a server to host your domain.

3. Determine the platform you want your site built on.

Personally, I suggest WordPress. It is quick and simple and very low-cost. It would also apply to any platform that is built around a core publishing system. A completely custom site is a longer process as the entire "platform" must be developed. There are pros and cons to every system.

My business specializes in WordPress websites and blogs, so the rest of my list will apply to that type of website or blog.

4. Your site then needs to be installed.

At this point your site is an empty site, kind of like templates and you have back end access for you to add whatever you want. There are a few more steps to having a website or blog but many of our clients that want to build and maintain their own sites stop their process here. We encourage this and offer guidance and direction at the same time.

5. Site organization and function is the next step. Determine how many and what kinds of pages, blog posts you want and need. Determine what you want your site to do and how to do it.

For the most part a WP website can be made to function like any other website you can imagine. It is just a matter of learning how to manipulate it.

6. Fill your site with your site’s information (content).

7. The last step is site maintenance. What most clients forget to consider is their site maintenance. Sites are not meant to build, set and forget. Even a static site changes over time. To reap the benefits (increased traffic and increased conversions) from a site you must maintain it. Depending on the type of website or blog you have, determines how much or little maintenance you will need. As with everything else, preventative maintenance is typically much less expensive and keeps your site more secure.

Hope this helps.
 

throttleforward

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Also, don't forget the WayBackMachine. This is something run by the national archives that allows you to see the way the front page of a website looked in the past. I have found this tool quite interesting and motivational as some billion dollar websites looked terrible when they were first launched.
 

NoMoneyDown

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7. The last step is site maintenance. What most clients forget to consider is their site maintenance. Sites are not meant to build, set and forget. Even a static site changes over time. To reap the benefits (increased traffic and increased conversions) from a site you must maintain it. Depending on the type of website or blog you have, determines how much or little maintenance you will need.
One of the interesting things about human nature isn't that new content is necessarily always beneficial for the reader each time, but that it is new. I had a human factors engineering professor in college who said that a your product/service should always feed on a person's hunger for variety/randomness - but not too much.
 

Alexishost

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Make sure you include monetizing plan... yveskleinsky :)
 

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