Starting a successful website can be difficult, but there are a few simple guidelines you can follow to give yourself a significant advantage. We won’t discuss technical tips for SEO or hosting quality, but I’ll include some links throughout the article, if you’re interested in details.
The idea phase is when you have not yet purchased a domain, or put in seriously development for your website. In idea phase, you should be considering what you’d like to make and how you’d like your website to be used. Think about possible options such as forum integration, a blog homepage, a static page, and social network collaboration. You should also consider how you can expand your site. Really ponder on what your site’s purpose is.
Answer some of these questions…
- How is your site different than other websites on the internet?
- Will your real life friends be interested in this? What about your online contacts?
- How much money does your site need for the first few months, and do you have enough money (right at this very moment) to support that estimation?
- Do you have enough time to fully work on your website to the point where it can sustain itself?
- Are you willing to think outside of the box, in order to create an innovative website that people will enjoy?
In early development, you will need to purchase a domain name and hosting for your website. You should consider quality hosting, and even “post to host” options.
Before you purchase a domain name, I recommend that you take a look at your competition. Try to pick something similar, but not too similar. For example, if you were creating a Twitter clone, you might not want to choose a domain like “shortpostsocial.com”. However, using a creative name for a Twitter clone might help you out – It’s simply what people are comfortable with.
Here are some more things to keep in mind.
- Catchy domain names are catching on (pun intended)
- Keyword orientated domain names are being penalized by major search engines.
- There are new domain extensions, but .coms are still the best, and the most well known. The .net and .org extensions follow .com.
- Finding a good available domain name only costs around $10, and a lot of good ones are still available.
For hosting, you should really think about how much resources your site actually requires. Even if you do have the greatest idea, your site won’t need a ton of resources to start off with. The best thing to do is to pick a host that has upgrade options, scalability and historic proof of high quality customer service. Always compare pricing options for different hosts, and talk to your friends about which hosting company they use the most.
Check out this brief tutorial, “How to Pick a Good Host”.
Promoting your website is actually very easy. All it takes is talking to people about your project and convincing them that it’s going to be awesome. If you promote your project before it’s ready, you will get more traffic when it’s released. You want to create hype if possible, as it will allow your project to gain more attention and it will be brought up in conversation!
Once it’s released, you want to make sure that you tell all your main supporters. They’ll tell people they know are interested in it, and they’ll visit themselves as well.
I also recommend checking out promotion forums, administration orientated forums, and even technology blogs. These types of sites (click any of those for an example) can bring you a large amount of traffic. Blogs are great because you can easily get a promotional article on the website, thus looping their readers into your site!
If you have no idea what SEO is, you should read “SEO Explained for Beginners”.
Taking note of expansion possibilities is a key aspect of creating a site that will be around for years. Many sites open and close frequently, and all for different reasons. However, the sites that are still around today, are here because they took their visitors’ feedback into account. Facebook is, at times, an exception to this, but if you’d like to create a successful page you need to adapt to what your users are demanding.
Hopefully this article has helped you understand how to create a successful website. If it has, make sure you comment below and share it on with your friends. If you disagree with anything in this article, tell us how we can improve it in the commenting section!