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You will need to register a domain name (in Australia we use .com.au) better security.
You will need an ABN to do this so if you haven’t yet applied for one or registered your business name you will need to do this first.
Next step is to purchase Web Hosting, you can buy this from the same company you register your domain with, in fact it is easier if both are in the same place, especially if you need to make changes, renew your registration and hosting, sell your business or want to transfer it to a different hosting company in the future.
The final step is to build the website. You can do this yourself if you are handy with a computer and have a photo editing program, or you can pay a web design company to do it for you. The price for this service varies dramatically, so shop around. Get an idea of what you want by looking at other websites so when you ask for a quote you are comparing prices based on the same design.
If you would like to try it yourself, I explain how to go about each of these steps below, just give me a call. Ensure the company you are dealing with has customer service staff you can call and the servers (this is where your information is stored) are located in Australia. Companies such as Go Daddy might have a domain address with .com.au but that does not mean they are based in Australia.
A DOMAIN NAME – This is what you plan to call your site (one or 2 words is best)
A WEBSITE HOSTING COMPANY – This is who will display your website for you
Example: Aus Registry, Net Virtue, Digital Pacific, etc (prices vary and they often do deals)
CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – This is a program used to design your Website
WEBSITE THEME – This is how you want your Website to look
Example: The layout and look of the design
WEBSITE CONTENT – This is the information and images you want on your Website
Example: Logo, Photos, Text, Links, Video, COntact Details, Maps, PDF’s, etc
First you need to make sure the name you want is available, if it is then you register it. This will cost approximately $11 – $15 a year. It will be faster if you do this with the same company you want to buy your Hosting from.
I recommend using an Australian company, one that offers 24/7 support via phone and email. For a basic site the cheapest in Australia is approximately $80 – $100 per year and allows 5 – 10GB disc space and up to 10 email addresses. You have the option of paying by the month, which is slightly more expensive but is a good option if you are unsure the size hosting package you will need.
For an online shop you need more space and security, this helps to ensure the safety of online transactions. There are companies like shopify, MageAustralia or BIGCOMMERCE, which is purpose designed for a shop front, all you just need to do is add product images, descriptions and pricing. The cost is approximately $45 – $75 per month, keep in mind this includes your hosting so you will not need to purchase this as well.
A cheaper alternate is to set up a shop page on your website and invoice clients directly using direct deposit as the payment method, this requires more time on your end but is far cheaper, especially when you are first starting out, as it can take time for people to find you.
Another alternative is to set up an eBay store and link your website shop page to your ebay shop. It will depend on the amount of items you have for sale and then time you are willing to spend managing your store.
You will still need a good business description informing prospective clients what you sell and why they should shop with you.
Adding your content is what takes the time. Apart from the item name and description, you also need to include dimensions, weight and postage costs.
The cost of designing and building a basic Website is approximately $1000 and includes everything.
- WordPress built website using a premium theme
- SEO setup on your site
- Linked to all social media accounts such as facebook, instagram, trip advisor etc.
- Sitemaps added to the main search engines: Google, Bing, Safari
- Maps and Search set up on Google and Bing
- Security setup and monitored
We also offer website maintenance for $36 per month. This is one of the most important aspects of a well ranked website. We check your website everyday and perform any updates required to ensure it is secure and running smoothly.
This is different from updating content on the page, which we will also do at your request and is included in this fee.
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