Kickstart the creation of your professional website
Building a professional, eye-catching website for your small business can seem daunting. We get it. You’re probably short on time, tight on budget and heck—you might not even really know where to begin. That’s all more than okay.
To help you wade into those website building waters for the first time, we’ve put together a handy, 10-step checklist of what you’ll need…and what you’ll need to consider! Let’s get started, shall we?
The foolproof CIRA 10-step website build checklist
1. What’s your website’s purpose?
First you’ll need to do a quick bit of soul-searching to determine the overall purpose of your website. Its raison d’être, if you will. Do you intend to build an e-commerce store to sell products online? Or will your website serve as more of a personal portfolio to showcase your work, or offer up information on the services you provide?
Nailing down your website’s purpose—or at least having somewhat of an idea—will serve the foundation for everything else that follows.
2. Pick and register a domain name
Think of your ideal domain name, search it and…if it’s available, be sure to snap it up! Oh, and did we mention we can definitely help you find and register your perfect .CA domain?
3. Break down your build into bite-sized chunks and prioritize
You don’t need to take on the whole enchilada (your website) in one caffeine-fueled session. Of course, if that’s your thing…we won’t stop you.
But we do recommend prioritizing what’s mission-critical to getting your website up and running now. Ask yourself: can you get started with a few basic pages and then continue adding more content, features, additional bells and whistles, subliminal messaging, etc., later?
4. Map out your site
We’re almost at the meaty stuff! Now, this step might seem a bit tedious, but you’ll thank yourself later. Take the time to map out the basic framework or sitemap for your website. This will help you determine how many pages your website will be, along with whatever other content, tools, plugins, etc., you might need to bring everything to life.
An example of a super-basic sitemap might look something like this: