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Basics of Building a Website

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Having a presence online for your business is critical. If you have a technical background, creating a website by yourself might be an option. There are also website builders like Wix and Weebly. They are extremely user friendly, and easy to use, but do have limitations whereas a traditional programmer could develop for you. 

Before You Start

Here are some things to think about before deciding to create a website for your business online:
  • What’s the purpose of your website?
  • Is the domain name that you want available?
  • Where will you be hosting your website and what is the cost associated?
  • How many pages do you plan on having?
  • Who is going to write the content for your website?
  • What other kinds of content do you want to have? (videos, documents, blog, shopping cart, etc.)
  • Who is going to maintain your website?
  • What do you want your website to look like? (have at least 3-4 examples or ideas in mind)


If you need help learning the basics of website design for your Iowa based company, check out these organizations from our Resource Navigator who can help:
  • NewBoCo: From the classroom to the boardroom, NewBoCo helps Iowans of all ages succeed in a changing economy because they believe that with the right tools, mindset, and opportunities anyone can be a world-changing innovator.
  • America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Iowa: America's SBDC Iowa provides no fee, customized business advice and affordable training to entrepreneurs and existing businesses, plus access to other information and experts.
  • Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc. (EDC, Inc.): EDC is a full service business accelerator providing hands-on mentoring, resource navigation, and networking / educational programs.


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Need additional assistance?
Not ready to tackle a website on your own? The Business Concierge can provide you with a list of private companies in your area available to help you with website development and design.