So, you’ve decided that NOT having an online presence is just NOT an option anymore. You need a website for your business. Does that leave you wondering… what does it takes to get your website online? What are the nitty, gritty basics that you need to get your business online and in front of your customers?
Let us answer those questions for you and put you at ease. It’s simple! We’ve broken it down into a four-item checklist and we’d be more than happy to help you check each of these items off of your list.
Item number one, domain name, is just a fancy name for your company’s website address. For example: Our website address is www.rvtechsolutions.com. This is where you direct your customers to find you online, making it important for your domain name to include your company name.
When you are choosing a domain name, one of the things you need to consider is what comes after the dot, known as the Top Level Domain to geeky peeps like us. The most common are:
- .com is meant to stand for commercial and intended for businesses.
- .net domain names are typically used by technical companies.
- .org are generally used for non-profit organizations.
There are no strict rules on who can actually buy or not buy these domains, but it is best to follow the guideline above. There are several of places online to purchase a domain, of course, we have a few go-to place that we use. The costs vary depending on a few different factors. We can help you claim your website address.
Item number two, your website, is what visitors will see when they visit your website address. It’s your virtual business. Your homepage is like your store front. An inviting overview that entices visitors to come in. The navigation menu makes it easy to visit your pages to learn more about your company, shop your products or services, and get additional resources. Just like when customer enter your physical location, they want to meet your team members, browse your isles, and ask questions or pick up a brochure.
At RV Tech Solutions, we’ve developed a step-by-step process to get your business online and capture leads. The process is based off of years of experience with businesses like yours. We communicate with your team to collect content, create graphics, develop a design and build your navigational method. Together we build a timetable that fits your team’s busy schedule and keeps your website project on track. You can keep taking care of your company’s day-to-day needs and we’ll take care of building your online presence.
Item number three, hosting, is a place for your website to be located. Your website needs a place to exist, just like your brick and mortar building. Hosting is space on a server that you purchase to hold your website files. Again, pricing varies, depending on the needs of your website and where you decide to host it. Be sure to do your research when it comes to companies who try to sell you domain name and hosting packages. It may sound like a bargain, but do your research! You can end up paying for more than you bargained for.
Our team at RV Tech Solutions can recommend the best place to host your website, and suggest the package that would best fit your websites unique needs.
Item number four, security, adding security to your website from the beginning helps minimize any security issues in the future. It’s easiest way to keep hackers out. Your website will stay secure with automatic monitoring and guaranteed malware removal. Web site security is just like locking your doors, putting up security cameras, or hiring a security guard when it comes to protecting your business from robbery or vandalism.
Security is part of RV Tech Solution’s process when setting up every new website through our Website Care Plan. Giving you peace of mind and powerful protection against the worst threats is a priority. Most site owners aren't aware of all these different threats, but we are - and we can help protect your website against them.
Get Your Website Online
Now that you have your four-item checklist, it’s time to get your website online. Your website is your visitor's first impression, knock their socks off with excellent design and valuable content. Would you like a helping hand? Let's Chat. We’re ready to rock your next project!