Does my business need a website? Well, in short, the answer is yes. Whether you are a major corporation or a one person show, then I would think we'd all agree that every business needs to advertise. Having your own website is one of the cheapest and most effective forms of advertising around.
With some website designers asking thousands of dollars to set up a website, this is a good incentive to do it yourself.
Put simply, Responsive Web Design ensures that the website adjusts and displays correctly on any device from large computer screens to mobile phones without having to resize, pan and scroll more than necessary.
I am going to assume that you have decided to use Wordpress for your first website, so the next thing to do is decide on a domain name and a company to host your website. A domain name is the "website address" for example handymansteve.com and the host (where your website files are stored), is like a piece of land to build your house or factory on. Whilst Wordpress is free, you will need to register your domain name and pay for hosting which will set you back around $5-$10 per month depending on what hosting company you choose to use. Even at $10 per month, this is still very cheap advertising for your business.
When choosing a domain name, try to think of a name that is memorable, relates to your business and is not too long. Think about using keywords that relate to your business. This can improve your SEO (search engine optimization). Choose a domain name that will still be relevant as your business grows and diversifies. With so many domain names already registered, it can be a bit difficult to come up with one but with some brain storming, you will. One very important thing to remember is to not allow your domain name to expire as you run the risk of another company or person registering it to use themselves or even holding it for ransom until you pay them money.
Now that you have decided on your website domain name, it is time to register it and sign up for some hosting. I use www.bluehost.com to host this website but there are a huge number of website hosting companies to choose from. I have listed some more here with their features.