Let’s talk about your website
You’ve decided that you’re ready to take the next step in creating a beautiful, professional online presence with your own website.
I’m so excited to find out all about your business, and create a strategy to use the site to make you money and build your brand.
Here’s what I do: I build websites and online stores. I also work with your business strategy (and in most cases, help you expand your business strategy) to use your website so that it helps you grow your email list, your audience and your business.
Here’s how that helps you: you don’t have to worry *at all* about the technology behind how it works. I create something beautiful and bespoke that works in the background, and you get to focus on building your business.
Read on to find out more about domain names and hosting, as well as learn about my process.
Domain and Hosting
I exclusively recommend using 1-grid if you’re in South Africa. (If you’re from any other country, I recommend Bluehost.) I use 1-grid and recommend that all my clients sign up with them. Their service is excellent and every time I’ve had to contact their call centre, their operators are pleasant to interact with and they attend to my queries quickly and efficiently.
To have a website, you need a domain first, and you need to have hosting. The domain is your website address, and the hosting is the space that your website will live on. Think of your hosting as though you’re renting a flash drive from the service provider.
Domain fees are paid once a year for every year that the site is active. Hosting fees are paid monthly for all the time that the site is active, but you can opt to pay annually and be rewarded with a small discount for doing so.
If you don’t have a domain name or hosting, I can set this up for you. If you have a domain name and hosting, then I can work with what you already have set up. I wrote a blog post about domain name ownership and what it means for your business.
This is the most important part of this page, so get yourself a cup of tea.
I usually start by finding out if you have a domain name and hosting ready to go. If you don’t, I set up an account for you with my chosen hosting provider, and purchase your domain name and hosting.
We then get to the finer details of your business strategy. This involves planning how you’re promoting your business and your website, and how you’d like to grow your audience. This way, we can work out the journey your website visitors are taking through your site, and determine ways to encourage site visitors onto your email list, into a sales funnel, and generally encourage your dream clients to develop a relationship with you.
I then finalise the structure of the site (number of pages – we would already have chatted about this during the first meeting). This gives us both a good idea of the overall scope, as well as helps me to plan out a reasonable timeline for the project.
Then we need to get your brand assets together. So, your logo (in .png format), colour palette and photographs.
Next, it’s time to plan out the content of each page, which is where my Website Content Planner comes in handy. I send this to you when we start the project. (During the process, I also help you write the text and edit it, as well as prompt you with ideas of what could be included on each page.)
Then it’s a case of designing the site page by page until the project is complete.
Ready to Schedule a Call?
That’s exciting! Book a slot in my calendar by scrolling to the bottom of this page to the section that says “Book a chat with Melissa”. During this call, I find out all about your business, and make suggestions on what I think would work for your website.
I will then send you a proposal and a quote. All you need to do is sign it, and I’ll contact you about the next steps.