You want a website. Perhaps you even need one. So how do you compare apples with apples? When you start searching online for “a website” or “web designing” you will find millions of websites, pages and videos on what to choose. Below is the definitive Le Petit Website “Checklist” for choosing your website. We have built a business on building websites for hundreds of small businesses. The following info was earned the hard way.

Domain Name and Hosting:

One word: Xneelo. They are the best hosting company with the best customer service in South Africa. All Le Petit Websites clients are hosted at Xneelo. If your market is local, don’t buy a domain name and pay for hosting at an overseas company. If your web designer buys your domain name for you, make sure they make you the owner of the domain. Trying to find a company who saves you a few bucks with hosting fees will probably cost you in the long run.

CMS (Content Management System)

One word: WordPress. All websites need a system that manages your content i.e. your text and images. Companies that offer their own CMS refrain from telling you upfront that you can’t transfer your website to another hosting company. Unlike WordPress, an inhouse CMS locks you in. The majority of websites uploaded to the internet are WordPress. WordPress offers blogging opportunities, ecommerce, accommodation capabilities, vehicle dealership systems and thousands of other upgrades via plugins. The options are almost endless.

A WordPress Theme

All WordPress websites need a theme. The best themes offer page building capabilities. They require an annual fee but its absolutely worth it. Here are the best premium (meaning they’re not free) WordPress Themes:

The Divi Theme
The Elementor Theme
The Beaver Theme

All Le Petit Websites are created with The Divi Theme. It’s hands down our number one recommendation.

WordPress Plugins

A plugin is a piece of software that acts as an add-on to a website and gives the website additional functionality. This is a short list of absolutely essential plugins:

For SEO: The Yoast plugin

For domain security (convert website from http to https): The Really Simple SSL plugin

For website speed: The WP Rocket plugin

For contact forms: The WP Forms plugin

 

Creating Artwork for Your Website

For a quick PNG logo go to www.cleanpng.com

For free for commercial use high resolution images browse www.pixabay.com

To add text to your images, or crop and resize them make use of www.canva.com

Once your website is ready to receive visitors, you have to start applying ingenious tactics to get people to find you and spend time on your website. One of the best ways to do this is via blogging. It takes time to build an audience, to rank with Google and ultimately to convert website visitors into customers. At Le Petit Websites, we do all the above and more on a daily basis. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your online presence.

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