DOMAIN & HOSTING
The very first thing you need to do before anything else is decide a ‘domain name’ for your website. You’ll also need to check whether your domain name is not already taken. This website runs from QIQ which has a domain checker https://www.qiq.co.uk/. As well as being very affordable, QIQ also sets up both your domain and hosting so there’s no need to look elsewhere
DESIGN & BUILD
These days you have many options, one of the most popular being WordPress websites due to their easy setup and the extra advantage of being a blogging system. You have three choices –
A: Get a Freelance Designerto design your website and then a developer to build it (WARNING: problems involved in developer & designer communication sometimes) + its more expensive!
B: Get a Designer/Developerto do both for you. Often better, but still costly depending on experience and requirements.
C: Buy a Themeif you don’t mind managing your own site and would like something a little cheaper. Be sure to check the demo to see how flexible it is for your needs. Many themes are not easy to change so here at Brightmist you don’t need any coding knowledge to give it your creative stamp, we’ve made it super simple, plus all the themes are responsive so you’ve no need to worry whether it will scale down on a smartphone or tablet.
So you’ve got your host and domain name set up and ready to go. What Next? INSTALL WORDPRESS If you’ve chosen WordPress well done! Good choice! Most hosts have a one click install [FOR A BIT EXTRA] once you’ve bought your site and logged in. We recommend this rather than doing the famous 5 minute install as its much easier for customers to quickly get their site up and running. However if you do want to try it yourself here is a nice video tutorial from WPMU DEV.
We also supply tutorials with every theme bought, so you learn the best WordPress methods and plugins used in the demos without having to search around.