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There are so many bloggers and restaurants out there that are not well-represented online. Yes, there are social media channels that let them connect with their clients but it’s limited because you cannot establish a concrete brand using those platforms.

When you have a piece of internet real estate, you own it, and you can do whatever you want – you create your own terms and conditions, and not abide anyone else’s.

So now we find you here, contemplating on how you can start your own website! You are ready to go to the next step, congratulations. Now, what?

We all have to start somewhere. Whether you are going to DIY or have someone do it for you or at least walk you through the process (hi), you probably should know what the steps are. So what do we really have to do?

Name it

I don’t know about you but let’s start with the basics. What should you call your business? I think this is probably the most exciting part of the journey. Choose a name that is original and will veer you away from trademark disputes: do a trademark search.

Buy a domain

Now that you have a name, you have to buy a domain to make your name internet-official! A premium or top-level domain (.com, .org or .net) costs about $10 when you use a name registrar like NameCheap.

Look for a Reliable Web Host

A web hosting service is important because it allows your website to be accessed via the World Wide Web (you know, not just the Intranet or your local network). I will assume that you are going to work on a WordPress platform here as it is the best and it is very user-friendly. Now working with WordPress, although easy, comes with a lot of things like plugins and security updates. It can also work in mysterious ways (so mysterious you don’t know what to do) so it really helps when you have a trusted partner that you can depend on when this happens. Remember, WordPress changes a lot so make sure to not leave your website unattended, especially if your data is vulnerable. Keyword: MAINTAIN.

For some of the best website hosting services, I use AA MKTG. They have their own servers and they have 24/7 technical support via chat, Skype, email, and even WhatsApp. They are that dedicated, I don’t need to wait for a day to have my website checked. For a small monthly service fee that I pay them, I get my WordPress up-to-date, secure and updated (and constantly checked for Spam comments – my pet peeve).

Get it Great with a Theme

Style, function, stability, and speed are the things that really matter when you’re putting yourself out there in the internet. To actually design your website, you need to have a theme – or a framework, in simple terms – and there is no better theme than Divi from Elegant themes.

It is one of the most popular themes out there, it’s attractive, responsive, versatile, easy to use, has great support and really affordable. To get started, purchase Divi Theme and go back to your hosting service and install your theme there. Then once it’s installed, create your own child theme so that your site is secure, and yay, you’re ready to go!

Get yourself some Plugins

There are a million plugins but you don’t want a million problems. Now, I recommend three plugins that you should have in your site: Yoast SEO, Monarch Social Shares, and Jetpack. You may have different needs, as per your business like Contact Forms, Menu Plugins, Schedulers, Instagram Publishing, etc. Remember, plugins are not Pokemon – you don’t have to collect them all.

Start Working

It’s been a long process but now, the real work starts. WordPress is really easy to master, and it’s easy to publish posts, as well as add information and such. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact me with any question that you may have and we can have a chat. Happy working!

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