Okay Great you need a website, and hey you even have a pretty good idea what you want it to be like. But that’s the easily stuff what about who is going to design it and then keep it up and running? What you need is an amazing web designer with the ability to host your site in the long term. That’s the big picture the huge enchilada great web design with great web hosting.
Where do you start? The best place to find a web designer is of course searching for one online. This is because a web designer without a website is a lot like business man without a suit, yeah they might be great at what they do but it sure doesn’t look like it. And you don’t want to look like that either. Catch my drift?
So search google for a local web designer I suggest a mid-range one in cost and skill because the small fries never match up to the big guys and the big guys inflate their costs because of their perceived notoriety. Find a middle of the road designer somewhere between $400-1800 on price for certain web skills (WordPress, Jquery, Flash, PHP, Joomla etc.) and services, anything more or less will end up costing you sooner or later.
Fantastic, you found a local quality web design guru.
Now to the easy part of finding a suitable hosting situation. I say this is the easy part because you have countless choices when looking for a host because SHAZAM!!!! they can be anywhere in the world. Seriously your host could be in Timbuktu and it wouldn’t matter when you customers come to your XYZ.com site, it will always take you to the same domain you buy.
With that being said there is however a benefit to finding closer more reliable hosting solution in that they will be answerable to problems, have a faster (i.e. Closer hosting server ) ability to serve your pages, and bring a solid peace of mind for a slightly higher investment. So the best way to find a good host is to ask that designer you just hired who they use, because who would know better than a person whose employment depends on good hosting at reasonable rates? That’s right a web designer.
So once you get the low down from the designer if they hand over any trade secrets you should they use that as a benchmark for searching the net for other comparable companies. Godaddy.com Vs. GatorHostonline.com or 1and1.com Vs. bluehost.com it really doesn’t make too much of a difference but be satisfied with what you choose and ask the designer about your best options. Another great place to search is a hosting directory like www.webhostdir.com.
Once decided your host should be able to provide you with multiple domains and the ability to have your designer create and edit all the necessary databases and file structures. So in a nutshell your pretty much home free after you settle on a domain.
This can be a very complicated process though and shouldn’t be taken lightly the first time around so make sure you choose wisely and ask questions when your not so certain.
If you like this blog and would be interested in hiring me for my freelance web design services, you can contact me here or call 314.327.6282.