My first website, what to do? I’ve written a few pointers in my blog that will hopefully help. When you start your site for the first time, you will find various ways to do this.

1) Recommendations for hosting businesses

  • IONOS – If you’re going as cheap as possible, I recommend https://www.ionos.co.uk. I must warn you that it’s slow when editing the back-end, and caching isn’t great. Also, it only gives you a backup of your website for five days, and its support is nonexistent.
  • Siteground is a bit more expensive, but I recommend them, as you get no slowdown when editing the back end. The support is one hundred per cent top-notch. It also has a great backup system that goes back nine months. To view Sitegrounds, details, click here.

2) Hosting

Once you have chosen your hosting provider, it’s a good idea to test your hosting provider’s support service. You can find some that are very helpful regarding any technical questions and will help you.

Suppose your hosting provider does help you. Getting one page up and running for your website is a good move. Trust me; this may not be what you are after – as in an all singing all dancing website. But it’s worth working slowly rather than rushing with someone like Wix. Please read why here>> click here >>

3) Looking to employ someone to make your website?

You should always check your potential website builder’s website and how it looks. It’s surprising how many web developers cannot even maintain their websites. T says volumes.

4) Will you be the administrator?

Suppose you were thinking of doing anything extensive to your website. I would advise having a development version of your website. It is a copy of your website and has a password-protected front end.

Once you have worked on all the changes, away from prying eyes, you can move that version to your online version up and running when you are one hundred per cent happy.

I hope that helps!

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Kind Regards

Helen