Who Else Needs a Website Installed?
By Lane Lester
Your organization should have a website, whether you need one or not! That may seem ridiculous, but it’s not. People expect to find organizations and businesses on the Web, and if they don’t find you, they assume you’re not staying up to date in important matters… whether that’s true or not!
The prestigious Nielsen rating service determined that “74% of people determine who they will do business with locally using online computerized search engines such as Google and Yahoo”!
If you have thousands of dollars to spend, you can have a designer create a snazzy website that will really stand out. Or if you’re willing to learn and do some of the work yourself, you can pay me just $250 to install an attractive one for you like this one. You can visit some of the websites I’ve done for folks in Northeast Georgia and nearby places. Each site has a Contact Us page, so you could ask them if they think they got their money’s worth from me.
Not located in Northeast Georgia? The Web Doctor is an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory website builder. I’ve also built websites for organizations in Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
WordPress Is the Solution
I’ve done hundreds of sites, but the above will give you an idea of what you can expect. The main thing that makes it possible for me to charge so little is that I install all my websites with WordPress software, which has many advantages, including:
- The software is free of charge with over 30,000 plugins to make it even better.
- It is very popular with one of every five websites using WordPress.
- It is very powerful. Just about any type of website can be built with it.
- Using the available options you can have a website that looks the way you want.
Times Have Changed
Now that people are visiting websites with their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, a website must look good no matter what device is used to view it. A good website is responsive, which means that it automatically adjusts its layout according to the device a visitor is using. Responsive themes are very complex, and it’s important to get one that is both powerful and flexible.
Which Theme Is Right for Your Website?
I have available for new clients a number of responsive themes which you can choose for no extra charge. By specifying the layout, formatting, colors, and other styles, you can use one of them to create a unique site that’s just right for you. You may also search online for other free or paid themes that I will be happy to install for you on your new site.
I have purchased a multiple site license for Nimva, which provides maximum flexibility without computer code editing. My clients have easy access to all of the controls, so changes can be made after I am no longer involved. You can read more about Nimva at its developer site, Rocky Themes.
If Nimva is a bit too demanding for you, there are a number of free themes that are much easier to customize Don’t be misled by the word “free.” These themes have plenty of flexibility to build a site that is both attractive and useful.
Hosting and Domain Name
To have a site installed, you have to put it on a server, which is a computer that’s connected to the Web and equipped to handle visitors to your site. For a hosting company that provides excellent service and support, I recommend A Small Orange, the company I use for my own websites. Choose the Small Plan, which costs $50 for a year and provides plenty of resources for growth.
You will also need a domain name for your business. The domain name for this website is the-web-doctor.com. I recommend Internet.bs for low prices without cutting corners. Your domain name will cost less than $10/year to register.
The Rest Is Up To You… With My Help
I will install your working website. It will be up to you to make it look the way you want, using the tools and help I will provide. I will help you learn to use the WordPress software; it’s not hard at all. I’ll also help you learn how to change the theme settings to make your website what you want it to be.
Would you like a slider on your website?
The right pictures can really enhance a website visitor’s experience. They can provide visual interest as well as valuable information. Here is what is called a slider, which can display a series of images.