Ask for professional advice before you buy anything, we offer this service free of charge.
You will need to register a domain name, (in Australia we use .com.au), better security. You will need an ABN to do this so if you haven’t yet applied for one or registered your business name you will need to do this first. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO APPLY FOR YOUR ABN.
Next step is to purchase Web Hosting, you can buy this from the same company you register your domain with, in fact it is easier if both are in the same place, especially if you need to make changes, renew your registration and hosting, sell your business or want to transfer it to a different hosting company in the future.
The final step is to build the website. You can do this yourself if you are handy with a computer and have a photo editing program, or you can pay a web design company to do it for you. The price for this service varies dramatically, so shop around. Get an idea of what you want by looking at other websites so when you ask for a quote you are comparing prices based on the same design.
If you would like to try it yourself, I explain how to go about each of these steps below, just give me a call. Ensure the company you are dealing with has customer service staff you can call and the servers (this is where your information is stored) are located in Australia. Companies such as Go Daddy might have a domain address with .com.au but that does not mean they are based in Australia.
A DOMAIN NAME – This is what you plan to call your site (one or 2 words is best)
A WEBSITE HOSTING COMPANY – This is who will display your website for you
Example: Aus Registry, Net Virtue, Digital Pacific, etc (prices vary and they often do deals)
CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – This is a program used to design your Website
WEBSITE THEME – This is how you want your Website to look
Example: Full Screen, Boxed, Portfolio, Information Based, etc
WEBSITE CONTENT – This is the information and images you want on your Website
Example: Logo, Photos, Text, Video, Music, Maps, PDF’s, etc
The Domain Name
First you need to make sure the name you want is available, if it is then you register it. This will cost approximately $25 for 2 years. It will be faster if you do this with the same company you want to buy your Hosting from.
I recommend using an Australian company, one that offers 24/7 support via phone and email. For a basic site the cheapest in Australia is approximately $60 -70 per year and allows 10GB SAN Disc space and 10 email addresses. You have the option of paying by the month, which is slightly more expensive at $6.95 per month but is a good option if you are unsure the size hosting package you will need.
For an online shop you need more space and security, this helps to ensure the safety of online transactions. There are companies like shopify, MageAustralia or BIGCOMMERCE, which do all the work for you, you just need to add product images, descriptions and pricing. These cost about $75 per month. A cheaper alternate is to set up a shop page on your website and invoice directly to the client using direct deposit as the payment method, this requires more time on your end but is far cheaper especially when you are first starting out, as it can take time for people to find you. Another alternative is to set up an eBay store and link your website shop page to your ebay shop. It will depend on the amount of items you have for sale and then time you are willing to spend managing your store.
The next two items you can do yourself if you are computer savvy or you can hire someone like us to do it for you. Companies such as WordPress have made designing and managing your own website easy if you are able to devote the time to learn how to complete the updates yourself and to deal with any issues that arise. This used to be a relatively easy task, but due to changes is security and website regulations and requirements that were introduced last year it now requires more time and skill.
The last item is your content, what you want to say about your business or service, and what you want to show prospective customers.
The cost of designing and building a basic Website is approximately $500
This includes free support and 6 months worth of maintenance and changes to the website. This will allow you to fine tune the website until you are happy with result and allow me to track how it is performing and make any suggestions or corrections based on the way it is indexing in search engines such as Google, Safari and Bing.
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