Getting a website built: all the info & tips you need to get started

Are you planning to have a new website created? There are several things to consider when having a website created. After all, you obviously want to be able to enjoy a beautiful end result.

In addition, you don’t want to have to pay top dollar for a good website either. You can then choose to get started yourself, but building a beautiful website is not for everyone. Fortunately, you can hire a good website builder for a nice price.

This website builder will go to work for you and ensure that a website is created that meets all your requirements. Consider an appropriate corporate identity, the right links, a contact page and much more.

Website building price

The cost of having a website built varies considerably. For example, if you want a simple website built, you can be done for as little as €250. Instead, are you looking for a more advanced website? Then the cost could be as much as €50,000.

You pay this cost once to the person who creates your website for you. So it is a one-time cost. In addition to these one-time costs, there are also costs to have your website hosted. Your website needs a host to stay online, and that’s what you pay for.

The cost to have the website hosted is paid per month. This averages €10 to €100 per month. Again, these costs depend on the complexity of your website. In addition, the hosting partner in question also plays a role in the price.

Have a professional website built

Are you planning to have your website built? Then you can count on the expertise of the web developer who will work for you. You can give all your requirements to this web developer and leave everything to the expert.

By choosing an expert, you will always enjoy a website that works well and also looks professional. A professional website result usually in higher sales.

This is due to the fact that visitors to your website are more trusting. As a result, they tend to convert faster, which in turn is good for your business. So a professional website is a real must for anyone who wants to start increasing their sales.

Tips for building a website in 2023

Even if you outsource the building of a website, there are several things to consider. What will the website look like? What will the website be used for? Are you going to sell products or rather services? Below we provide 17 tips for building a website.

1. The purpose of the website

To begin with, it is important to have the purpose of the website right in front of you. Therefore, it is wise to consider exactly what you want to achieve with the website. Look at who the website is intended for so that your website is properly tailored to the target audience.

2. The budget

The price tag of creating a Web site is a dealbreaker for many businesses. Therefore, it is wise to determine in advance how much money you want to spend on building a website. Knowing this will ultimately make it easier to choose a template or customization.

3. An easy CMS

With a website, it is convenient that you can manage the content yourself. Therefore, it is convenient that the CMS is easy to use by itself. Ask for a brief explanation or choose an easy CMS. Usually, WordPress, Joomla or Drupal are chosen. Perhaps you have a preference of your own.

4. See which web designer is a good fit for you

Also, always choose a web designer who is a good fit for you. There is an enormous amount of choice, which can sometimes make it difficult to find a suitable match. Does a large-scale or a small-scale web agency suit you better? Do you have many requirements for the website or do you prefer short lines of communication with the developers?

5. Review web builder reviews

Once you’ve found a match you think is good, check out the web builder’s reviews just to be sure. The more reviews, the more experience. You can find these reviews, for example, on Google or on Facebook.

6. Review portfolio and own website

You can already learn a lot about a web builder by taking a quick look at its portfolio and its own website. This says a lot about how we work and what the final website will look like. Do you like the style of the web builder? And are his created websites easy to find? Then it’s a good match.

7. Get a clear quote

A major pitfall among clients is lack of clarity about the quote. In addition to costs for building the website, maintenance and service costs are often added, as well as domain costs. Always have clear agreements in writing.

8. Have your website built SEO friendly

You may be familiar with the term SEO. If you have a website, of course you want to be easily findable in the search engines. Good SEO is crucial in this regard. Getting to the top of search results is hard work, so keep this in mind.

9. Want additional support?

If you choose a cheap website package, there is usually minimal support. Sometimes it is not even possible to have live contact. Would you like to enjoy great support and clear answers to your questions? Then it is wise to choose a web builder with good customer service.

10. Have texts written by a professional

Writing good texts is difficult and takes quite a lot of time. Therefore, it is wise to hire a professional copywriter. Choose a good SEO copywriter who will provide great copy that will be found well in the search engines.

11. Provide beautiful imagery

A website naturally looks better with the right imagery. This imagery should always be relevant and appealing to the visitor. Use images that fit the target audience to increase website conversion rates. Videos can also work well.

12. Install Google Analytics

You may not do much with Google Analytics in the beginning, yet it is important to keep track of important statistics from the very beginning. Ask the web builder to install the Google Analytics code so you can get started right away.

13. Provide a secure website

On the Internet, security is becoming increasingly important. That is why it is important to have your website provided with https://. For this, you need an SSL certificate that you have installed. This certificate provides an encrypted connection between the visitor and server. Good thing.

14. Back up your old website

Before your new website, did you have one too? If so, back this up. A backup is very useful to use as a safety net in case something goes wrong. It is also nice to revisit and compare the structure of the old website.

15. Provide redirects from the old to the new website

If you have an old website that scored well you can leave it on Google. In fact, you can then take the SEO value of the old website with you. Have valuable pages linked from the old website to the new website with a 301 redirect to make the new website relevant as well.

16. Customize Google Adwords.

Did you use Google Adwords at your old website and change the structure of the URL? Then it is wise to adjust the destination URL of the ads. This prevents a campaign from crashing or running for nothing.

17. Cancel your old services

Is your new website all set up and your domain and hosting moving to a new party? Then it’s smart to cancel all the old services you were using. Consider hosting, the domain and e-mail.

With many providers, this process is automatic, but there are some companies that like to receive written notice. Also, make sure it is clear that you are the owner of the new domain and that the domain is under your name.

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This article was originally published on 22 March 2024. The last update of this article was on 22 March 2024. The content of this page was written and approved by Ralf van Veen. Learn more about the creation of my articles in my editorial guidelines.