It's a fact: you need a website.
To promote your organization, to share your passion, to grow your business, to promote your talents, or simply to share your travel memories...
Whether your reasons are professional or personal, you know it: launching a website will really help you boost your project.
So, the question on your mind is: how to build your website? In other words: where should you turn to get an effective online presence, at the best price?
Maybe you have searched your keywords, and it didn't help you much: it is not easy to decide among the multitude of solutions available.
Let's try to answer the question together, in a clear and concise way.
How to launch your website: let's begin right now! 👇
... Writing your website design brief!
This document that outlines your project, may only contain a few lines.
But it is important that things are clear in your mind. In particular, everything that concerns:
Your needs and requirements
The resources you want to dedicate to your website
The place of your website in your communication strategy...
The answers to these questions will begin to define the type of website you need (blog, online store, professional website, simple website...), and you will have a clearer idea of how you will go about creating it (and therefore of the provider you will be working with.).
Selecting the right provider, of course, does not mean taking, without thinking, the cheapest or the most renowned...
→ It's the right partner for you, i.e. the one who will be able to accompany you in the best way, according to your expectations and your way of seeing things.
And above all, the one who, in the end, will get you where you want to go: the one who will help you build YOUR digital success.
For the launch of your site, you will find 3 categories of providers. You can:
Have your website made by a digital agency or a freelancer
Make your own website, using a CMS (Content Management System) like Wordpress or Drupal
Or a new generation online service, called Website Builder, like SiteW 👋
What are the differences between these different solutions? Who are they aimed at?
Let's take a closer look...
When you hire a digital agency or a freelancer, if everything goes well, it's a bit like ordering from a catalogue: you place your order, in other words you describe your expectations, and you just have to wait for the delivery.
However, you have to investigate about the company or the provider, before making your choice:
First of all, because it is a very expensive solution, and before investing massively, it is advisable to know what you are getting into.
Then, because you can have bad surprises in the web design sector: unreliable company, unexpected bankruptcy, incompetent provider...
So, carefully analyze the quotes, and investigate to know who you are dealing with, before doing business!
👉 Agency or freelancer, for whom?
In view of its price, this solution is generally suitable for large companies or very large projects, whose websites require complex structures and sophisticated designs.
Of course, if your project is smaller, you can easily launch your website yourself.
CMS are software that allow anyone to create websites, in a free and affordable way, thanks to templates and plugins.
👉 Who are CMS for?
To use a CMS, it is preferable to have a prior knowledge in computer science, or at least to like it (and have the patience and desire to train!).
If you are a beginner in the field of web design, we advise you to...
If you are neither in the first nor in the second case, i.e. if you don't have an unlimited budget and you are not a computer pro, then you certainly should use a website builder, like the one we propose at SiteW.
In terms of pricing, it remains extremely attractive. With our service:
It is possible to launch a 5-page site, for free.
You can create a professional quality online presence for only $6,60 / month,
And you can sell online from $20,80 / month
(Prices for one year subscription, including 2 months free).
And in terms of ease of use, it's simple: you won't find an easier tool than a website builder, to create a website in autonomy.
As we have just seen, the website builders are of more recent technology than the CMS; they were designed specifically for the general public, to allow everyone to create a site, in a fun, intuitive and autonomous way.
Our online service is French! Our company is entirely based in France, including the customer service. So don't hesitate to send us your questions or comments, we will always answer you with pleasure!
Yes, with our tool, you only need 4 steps to launch your website:
Open an account with a simple email address
Choose a name and a category for your site
Select a template
Finally, choose the plan that suits you.
And that's it, you are ready to start filling your pages!
Here are the main characteristics of a website builder like ours:
Easy and fast: technologies such as Drag & Drop make it very easy to create a website. In fact, all you need is a computer mouse and an internet connection, your creativity will do the rest...
An autonomous but supervised website design: we take care of the technical part (updates, security) and provide you with many free resources (blog articles, FAQ, tutorials) to help you master the tool.
But if you have any problem, we are here for you!
First and foremost, make sure the site you're about to launch is perfectly responsive ✔️, technically efficient ✔️, and completely secure ✔️.
You are now in the editor. OK, now what do you do? That's what we'll see!
The first thing to do will be to create the framework of your site, by adding the pages you need, naming them, ordering them and prioritizing them.
Go to the Pages tab (on the left side of the control panel), to manage all this, at the tip of your mouse.
Try to create a flat structure (your pages should not be more than 3 clicks away from your homepage).
On the Pages tab, you can manage your page SEO, by filling in the meta-descriptions (SEO descriptions for search engines), and by customizing the URL.
And you will also have the possibility to protect them with a password, or limit their access to members.
Yippee, it's time to add your own content: your texts, your photos, your videos, your sound recordings...
With our tool, you can add your contents, in the form of blocks. These blocks are in fact the elements that make up your site.
Depending on the nature of your activity, they can be of all types.
You can find them on the left panel, in the middle tab.
Drag the block to the page, using your mouse
Configure your block in terms of options and design (on the left panel, once the block is selected)
👉 General elements, useful in almost all cases
Images and galleries: add your own photos or search for royalty-free images directly in the database.
Videos: insert your own videos or a video from Youtube, Dailymotion or Vimeo.
👉 Elements for commercial or professional websites, and online stores:
The interactive Google Maps to locate yourself
The automatic display of schedules
The Store block, to sell on the internet
The search bar
The downloadable file (to allow your visitors to download any document, directly from your website)
It is important that the design of your website is well done.
Why? Because the appearance of your website will play a major role in your success on the web.
The clarity of the information you provide, the values you convey, and the attractiveness of your layout will influence your visitors behavior, and determine your digital reputation.
Go to the Design tab, to customize your site in its every aspects:
Choice of colors: we offer customizable palettes, but you can also choose your own shades
Selection of fonts for your website
Modification of the page background (plain, gradient, video, image...)
Transition effects and animations
Customize the footer and the navigation elements (menus, links, buttons)
On the content panel, you can also add design elements:
Geometric or organic shapes
Dividing lines (you can find them in the Widget block) and strips - which you can modify to your liking
That's it! You've clicked the "Publish" button: your lovely site is now online. 👏
But it's not over yet. You now have to make it known!
But once again, at SiteW, we won't let you down: we've put plenty of tools at your disposal to help you.
Still on the content panel, on the modification page of your site, you will find interactive features that will allow you to exploit the virality of the web, to promote your new website.
The Blog block
The Forum block
The Newsletter block
The Member block
The FAQ block
The Social block
The Calendar block (with online booking) allowing you to present a recurring schedule or an appointment book
Forms of all kinds, fully customizable
Creating a well ranked website means working on your site's SEO. In order to appear as high as possible in search results, for the keywords related to your site.
This is what we recommend at SiteW, to establish a solid SEO strategy:
Make good use of all the interactive tools mentioned above (blog, social networks, forum...)
Fill in the metadata of your site (in the dashboard of your site)
And that of your pages (on the Pages tab)
Connect your website with Google tools, in one click (on the My Websites page)
Write extensively, and remember to add your keywords
Update your site regularly (it's easy with our tool: all you need is an internet connection! 🙌)
Now you're ready to launch a kick-ass website! 💥
We wish you good luck on the internet!
Last update: February 27, 2023
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