Install a Website Developer Name on Your WordPress Website
If you are an avid reader of my articles I am sure you will have noticed that I am a huge advocate of integrating a third-party developer into your digital marketing strategy. There are several excellent reasons why this is a great idea. First, web developers are a scarce resource which is especially important when you are just getting started. Having a freelancer come in and help you launch your website or business only to find out that they are no longer available to work on your project is heart breaking. Second, having a developer install and run a fully featured, secure and private website for your business or brand allows you to take control of your online presence without all the hassles of setting up and maintaining a completely independent website.
The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Professional Website Developer
I have compiled a comprehensive list of the most important things you should consider before hiring a professional web developer to help you build your website. Make sure you read this entire article before you contact any Web developers because it will save you both time and money.
License To Operate A Website
Your first and most important decision when seeking out a web developer to help you build your website is to decide whether you want the developer to operate a free website or a premium website for you. There are several excellent free website builders out there, but you will have to decide whether or not you want to use one. In my opinion, the best free website builder is Wix.com. Wix makes it very easy for beginners to build their first website. Not only do they offer a free trial, but they also offer generous discount packages to entice you into buying a plan. In my opinion, Wix is the absolute best choice for a beginner.
Which Hosting Plan To Choose
This is an important decision because you have to decide whether or not you want to host your website yourself. When seeking out a web developer, you will inevitably be approached with hosting plans. You have several options here, all with their perks and quirks. For example, I personally use and recommend Bluehost.com because they offer a free domain and you can install WordPress to create your website. If you decide to go this route, I highly recommend them. Alternatively, you can use a free hosting service like Google’s Apps For Work which offers free dedicated hosting and allows you to install WordPress, Joomla, and more.
What CMS To Choose
You have two options when it comes to choosing a Content Management System (CMS) to use for your website. You can use WordPress or Joomla. Nowadays, I would recommend using WordPress because it is the most popular content management system and is incredibly flexible. With WordPress, you can install a variety of plugins that allow you to grow your website into whatever you can dream up. Not only that, but you can even use the free WordPress.com to get started. One of my favorite plugins is the aptly named “Professional Page” which makes building a professional-looking website a dream instead of a nightmare. Additionally, you can use a third-party plugin to install a subscription form on your WordPress site so that you can begin collecting recurring revenue. This is a crucial step towards becoming a successful business owner.
How To Get Started
Now that you have decided to install a website developer to build your site, the next step is to get started. First, you will need to provide them with your website vision and then they will provide you with an initial quote. This quote should be something that you can afford to pay and should not break the bank. After you have approved the quote, they will provide you with an agreement that you have to sign. This agreement will stipulate how the website development will take place and when you can expect to see the finished product. Make sure you read this entire agreement before you sign it.
Where Do I Go From Here?
That is all the information you need to know to get started building your website. From here, you can begin the fun part which is designing the look and feel of your site. You are not limited to just one design idea, so experiment with a variety of different look and feels until you find one that you like.