People and TV advertisements may tell you that you can have a website in a day, or over a weekend, but a website is a BIG project. It makes little difference whether you’re building it in WordPress or using an advertised “easy drag and drop.” Building a website takes planning and organization to reach a successful completion.
21…And Your Done!
I’ll admit, it’s a long list and it takes time to gather all the information, but if you have everything ready in advance you’ll be thanking me when you sail through your next website project.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Domain name
- Hosting account
- WordPress.com account (required for a Gravatar and some plugins)
- Gmail account (required for Google Analytics)
- A list of sites you like and the reasons why
- A list of sites you don’t like and the reasons why
- Your chosen your WordPress theme
- A tag line
- A good headshot
- A web banner graphic
- Images you want to use on your site and on your first blog post
- Home page text
- About page text (it’s the most read page on any site)
- Contact page text
- Product copy and images if you’re selling something online
- Your Free offer in text, video or audio
- A contract with a 3rd party email autoresponder program such as AWeber, MailChimp, Constant Contact, or 1ShoppingCart, so you can build your list
- A Facebook business Page
- A LinkedIn account
- Your social media URLs
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Nancy Fields is a graphic designer who specializes in web headers, e-books, and irresistible free offers for WordPress websites. Nancy also builds WordPress websites and teaches her clients how to use and update the WordPress websites she builds for them. Her weekly e-zine features How To articles on WordPress, design, and online marketing.