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**IMPORTANT**

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

Before you can get online you need to sign up for hosting and register a domain name. Hosting is basically like purchasing your own piece of land in the internet world to build your website on. A domain name is your web address (example: www.mybusinessname.com).

I highly recommend using BLUEHOST. I’ve been using them for years and love them because they have great 24/7 customer support, their plans are extremely affordable starting as low as $3.95/mth plus you get a FREE domain name and 5 business email addresses! They also have a 30 day money back guarantee for their hosting plans if you change your mind. 

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HOW TO CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME:

When choosing a domain name the best extension to use is .COM, but often times the one you want might already be taken by someone else, so you can try using another popular extension such as .NET or .ORG. If you really really want a .COM you can also play around with the spelling of your domain name or simply add a hyphen ex: www.Designer-Boss.com.

If you are located in Canada and your business is predominantly geared to locals you can use .CA. BlueHost doesn’t sell .CA’s but GoDaddy does, so you can purchase your .CA domain name from GoDaddy:

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CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE WHAT KIND OF CONTENT YOU MAY NEED AND WANT FOR YOUR WEBSITE:

HOME PAGE

Your home page is the most important page on your website and should briefly tell visitors exactly what you do and who you are. Here are some ideas of what you may want to include on your home page:

 

  • Your mission statement
  • Features & benefits
  • Quotes, slogans or taglines
  • Call to actions (shop buttons or sign up forms)
  • Product images
  • Promotions or sales
  • Top selling products
  • Contact information
  • Location
  • Social media Icons
  • a few testimonials
  • Mini gallery of some of your work
  • About us section (if you don’t want an about us page)
  • I can also embed your Instagram posts on to your site so that you can have a photo gallery that displays your live Instagram feed directly on your site
PRODUCTS/SERVICES PAGE

If you offer products or services and you don’t want to have an Ecommerce site (online shop: MINI BOUTIQUE WEBSITE or PRO BOUTIQUE WEBSITE) then you’ll probably want a page dedicated to your products or services to give potential clients more details about exactly what you offer:

 

  • Brief product/service descriptions
  • Good quality high-resolution images
  • Small product gallery
SHOP PAGE

If you selected an Ecommerce Package (online shop: MINI BOUTIQUE WEBSITE or PRO BOUTIQUE WEBSITE) then you’ll need to provide:

 

  • Brief product/service descriptions
  • Good quality high-resolution images
  • Product pricing
  • Specify your currency ex: USD or CAD
  • Shipping rates for products (I can help you with this)
IMAGES

Image is everything so it’s important that you have really good high-quality images for your website. I will need a high-resolution logo from you. If you don’t have one I can create one for you (LOGO DESIGN SERVICES).

 

Depending on the nature of your business I recommend investing in getting professional pictures done, otherwise, good quality stock images can be purchased online for an additional charge.

 

I can also embed your Instagram posts on to your site so that you can have a photo gallery that displays your live Instagram feed directly on your site.

 

If you need help deciding what kind of images you’ll need or which route you should take, feel free to contact me at 416-320-3042.

CONTACT

Every package comes with a contact page which includes a simple contact form that will be integrated to your email address. Here is a list of some other information you may want to include:

 

  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Hours of operation
  • Locations if you have more than 1
ABOU US PAGE

You may want to have a separate About Us page if you have a lot to write or if you want to post a brief profile of employees/team members. If you don’t have much to write you can just add your About Us section to your home page.

BLOG

If you plan on blogging or if you already have a blog and want to migrate your posts to your new site, you’ll need to purchase the Blog Posts Add-on.

CUSTOM FORM

If you are a service based business that needs some type of form, such as a consultation form or registration form to collect information from clients, then check out my CUSTOM FORM add-on.

PORTFOLIO/GALLERY

All packages include an Instagram gallery which shows your live Instagram feed so every time you post to Instagram it will automatically show up on your website.

 

However, if you would like to have a separate gallery page and upload images manually, I can set up a separate page for that. You would just need to provide me with high-quality images to post, and a brief caption if applicable.

TERMS

A terms and conditions page or section on your website is also an important thing to add especially when you have an online shop. Things you may want to include are:

 

  • Return policy
  • Terms of service
  • Disclaimers
  • Shipping terms
  • Frequently asked questions
LOCATIONS/RETAILERS

If you have multiple locations or distributors, you might want to have a separate page to list them all. (click here to see client example)

BOOKING CALENDAR

If you want people to be able to book your services online and you don’t already have booking software, check out my BOOKING CALENDAR add-on. It enables clients to book directly on your website and you can manage your appointments and services from the backend of your website.

 

You’ll need to provide me with:

  • Employee/service provider’s name if you have multiple people providing services
  • Availability (start & end time/days off/break times etc.)
  • List of services
  • Pricing