Creating a Millionaire Business Website in a Day

Having spent the best part of a week one writing a business plan it’s was time to start work getting online and creating my first online income stream. In short I needed a Millionaire Business Website!

Now I know you will be all excited to see your very own Millionaire Business Website staring back at you from the web and no doubt your creative juices are flowing, your mind awash with endless possibilities, but stop! Before you attempt building your own website, you need to be brutally honest about your own abilities or potential.

If you find using a word processor a challenge, have never uploaded an image from a digital camera or your mobile phone to the internet or bought anything from an online store, or if you still haven’t set up that e-mail account, it would be a very good idea to seek help from a professional web designer.

If on the other hand you enjoy learning new skills, absorbing new knowledge and know your way around the internet, then you can probably do most of the work yourself. Depending on the complexity of your site, you can almost certainly do it in a day, start to finish. WhooHoo, your business, live on the Web in 24 Hours!

Ok, so back to my own business action plan, the first item on the list was research and purchase good web hosting, so armed with  a small list of the minimum requirements and a few hours of comparing features and costs I eventually choose Hostgator. Why did I choose Hostgator? Simply because their hosting solution met my needs and the cost was within budget. Oh yea, and good tech support.

When choosing hosting remember this is where your website and all of its data will be stored. It’s also the location from which your website will be served up to your customers, hopefully 1,000’s of times an hour, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, so it needs to be up to the task. Free hosting may seem like an ideal solution, but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for”, so don’t be tempted to choose anything other than a well established hosting company with a proven (and researchable), track record.

There is plenty of comparative information out there, but I would suggest you start with some of these;

  • Hostgator.com
  • GoDaddy.com
  • BlueHost.com
  • JustHost.com
  • Daily.co.uk
  • 1and1.com
  • 123reg.com
  • Yahoo Small Business

Ok hosting done!  Next on my list purchase domain name , so off to GoDaddy.com I go to purchase the ‘onlinemillionaireproject.com’ domain name. The reason I choose GoDaddy? No brainer here, it was the price!

When choosing a domain name, you should take your time. Remember this will be the name you present to the world from now on. Choosing an effective domain name is beyond the scope of this article, however try to think about relevant keywords for your site and incorporate them into the domain name. At the very minimum you should consider all of the following points before you make your purchase,

  • Keep it short.
  • One word or two words together is best
  • A combination of short words often works well
  • Does the name say what the site is about?
  • Avoid offensive words or phrases
  • Make it easy to say
  • Make it easy to spell
  • Make it easy to remember
  • Make it either a .com or .net
  • Check the websites on other extensions like .co.uk

Next on the list, build a cool website. I had decided at the business planning stage that my initial websites would be built using the WordPress platform. I have several years experienced with most of the common platforms, like Joomla, Drupal and Magento, but for sheer speed and ease of setup WordPress is hard to beat.

As expected the WP installation took about 10 minutes, with another couple of hours spent installing critical plugins and configuring the site settings. It’s worth mentioning here that many hosting providers prove 1-click installation of the most popular website building platforms including WordPress.

Next I went looking for a WordPress Theme for the site. I decided to purchase a Premium Theme rather than one of the free ones. The reason for going the Premium route was twofold, firstly Premium Themes tend to look better, have more design options and generally come with some cool plugins. Secondly, but more importantly is the extensive technical support you get from the designer. Prices range from around £10 to £80 and there are several WordPress Theme Sites on the web to choose from, although the largest is undoubtedly ThemeForest and this is where I got mine.

TIP: Over 37% of people view the internet on their phones or tablets these days and this figure is on the increase. A responsive theme automatically adapts a website to suit the device a person is using, optimising it to their particular browser and screen size. So when choosing a theme for your site it makes sense to choose a responsive one.

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Another few hours of testing the virgin site with dummy data and I’m happy it’s 90% done.

Time to backup the whole site and database. I recommend you do this on any installation just after testing, because at that point in time you know everything is working as it should and all of the settings and plugins etc. are configured correctly. Should you ever need to reinstall your site from scratch or duplicate the design for another site, you’ll save yourself hours of configuration & testing simply by being able to restore your virgin backup.

Next Step:  Making Money from the Site while I sleep…

photo by: ZERGE_VIOLATOR

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