Everything You Need to Start Your Website
Learn Basic Legal Issues Surrounding Web Pages:
Like everything else in life, there are legal issues you should be
aware of when putting up Web pages. Copyright is the big one - don't
copy other people's work without permission. But there are also issues
of linking and protecting children online. If you take the time to
learn the basic laws surrounding Web pages before you put one up, you
won't be surprised later on.
What type of
Website do you want? An Informational site is a site for
information about your business or organization. An e-commerce site
gives information about your business AND also generates income by
selling products or services on the website. There are many other
types of websites,
here for a list.
Domain Name: A domain name is the address (i.e.
northcountrywebsitedesign.com) where your website will be found on the
Web. The best domain name is one that uses the company's name in the
URL. But sometimes that can be hard to get, if you haven't already
registered it. If you can't get your company name, then consider
something catchy or memorable that your customers can associate with
you. Remember that it should be something that you like and can live
with for a long time, as there's a possibility that people will start
remembering your domain name before they remember your real company
name. North Country Website Design can transfer your domain or create
a new one. Click here for more
Webhosting: Deciding where you're going to put your
website doesn't have to be your first step, but it should be on the
top of your list. This location is called Web hosting and there are
lots of options to choose from. If you've decided to hire North
Country Website Design to work on your site, we prefer to use our web
host (which is 1and1.com). Click here for
Logo: Do you have a logo you would like us to build the
and Slogan: Do you have a brand or slogan to use on your
Pictures: Good quality pictures are a very important
part of your website. Take VERY GOOD quality pictures of your business
or hire a professional photographer. Pictures are usually needed
BEFORE we start the design of your website. North Country Website
Design can take pictures of small items and easily and quickly get
them on your website. But for bigger projects and beautiful website
photographs, we rely on
Modern Image to do our
photography. Niki Schiavio of Modern Image works out of Crystal Falls, MI and has
taken the beautiful pictures featured on many of our websites.
What colors do you want your website to have?
Design “Feel”: What design theme or
“feeling” do you want your website to have?
Information: Information about your business
and what the business does and how you do it. Information about the
owner(s) and contact information.
How will you accept payments/donations?
Paypal, credit cards, money orders, checks, etc. Discuss your options
with North Country Website Design.
$100 Deposit: This is the last thing you
need to get your website design started!
Other things you may
need (after design is complete):
Do you want to sell advertising to help your site make
money? You can sell advertising spots on your site.
Advertising your Site: Do you want to
advertise your site for more traffic? Pay per click, banners, and
links will get your site noticed!
Web Presence: Do you want to link your site
to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Youtube and other sites? What other
types of sites do you want to have linked to your site? Local city
sites, state sites, travel sites, etc.