After your shiny new website is complete, you will need three things to get your site live.
This is the address of your site. You rent a domain for a year. A domain name looks like this: www.mybusiness.com
This is the storage space where you store contents of your website; the files, code and images that make up your site. There are different levels of hosting at all ends of the price scale. Fast hosting is important to rank well on Google, so don’t skimp on this!
An SSL Certificate secures your site traffic and gives you the secure padlock icon in your web browser. Without an SSL Google will penalise your site in its search rankings.
Can I host the site myself or with a 3rd Party?
Many businesses already have hosting, or wish to host the site themselves.
In this instance, when the site is complete, I will hand over all site files and databases so you can install the site on your chosen host and domain.
If I Host with a 3rd Party can Design Hero help Set up the Website?
Of course. Every host is different and on 3rd party hosting, I often encounter unforeseen roadblocks such as server issues, file size limits, permission errors which must be resolved in order to launch the site. For this reason, if you wish to host the site yourself, I still offer my clients a site install service, to get your site up and running for a one-off fee of £90, just to cover my time and involvement.
What if I don’t know how to host or install the website?
I would advise that setting up a site can be highly technical. Unless you are familiar with hosting, I strongly recommend my clients to take out a hosting and support package with Design Hero.
Every business is different, and most of my clients often prefer not to be involved with the technical process of site setup and install, or management of hosting and domains.
That’s why I offer a range of options for hosting, support and aftercare.
All of my hosting packages cover:
- Renewal of your domains.
- Business hosting.
- Installation of SSL certificates
- Creation of emails.
- Telephone support for your website.
- Website monitoring and alerts of any downtime.
For a small monthly fee:
- I take care of everything on your behalf,
- Your site benefits from my Premium business hosting,
- I’m on call if your site goes down, or you need to make changes to your hosting.