Getting online with a website for your computer repair business is a must. I’m always surprised when I meet a computer consultant who either doesn’t have a website at all or has one, but hasn’t updated it since 1999. Clearly their way of getting new business doesn’t include a website, which is fine, but I think they’re missing out on potential business.
All of the sites I have for myself, and what I recommend to all of my clients, runs on a platform called WordPress. WordPress is a free, open-source Content Management System. It’s extremely flexible and expandable. It uses “Plugins” to further enhance its already great features. There are hundreds if not thousands of plugins available you can install to easily add new features to your WordPress site.
Another great feature of WordPress are Themes. Themes are what makes your WordPress site look the way it does – where the menu is located, the header, footer, the colors, etc. While some themes can be downloaded and install free of charge, there are paid themes as well. Also, themes are highly customizable. You can have a completely custom WordPress site if you want.
The first step is to purchase a domain and web hosting plan.
For only $6.95 per month, you will get an excellent hosting provider with first-class customer service – it’s an inexpensive yet important investment. I have used them for my own sites (and various sites for clients) for about 5 years and have had a great experience with them. Their customer service and reliability have been great.
With only one hosting plan you can have multiple domains and websites.
On Blue Hosts’ homepage you can search for available domain names. Once you’ve found one that’s available you can purchase it and reserve it for your business. While you’re there, add on a hosting package.
Here are the steps:
1 – Purchase domain name. Try to get a .com. The next best domain is a .net. All of the domains I have are .com. I stick with .com domains because they are typically more search engine friendly and many people assume I’ll have a .com domain name and use that when searching for my site.
2 – Sign up for a hosting account. A domain name probably won’t do you much good if you don’t have website for people to see. BlueHost makes it very easy to install WordPress so that you can use it for your site.
3 – Once signed up, Blue Host will require you to create a password for your account. Once you’re finished with that click on “CPanel” in the blue menu bar. CPanel is where you will manage your website. From there, click on the blue WordPress icon. This will bring you to a page where you can setup WordPress. Simply click the green “Start” button to install WordPress.
4 – When WordPress is installed, you’ll be able to access your site by typing in your domain name in the address bar in your browser. Your site will have the default WordPress theme.
5 – To customize and add content to your site, go to http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin. This is how you access the back-end of WordPress. From here you can add posts, pages, change your theme, edit the navigation menu, install plugins, change your header/logo, etc.
Once you have your account setup, you’re ready to start using WordPress and customizing it for your business website. Easy!
Get a Ready-Made WordPress Theme
The Genesis framework and premium themes from StudioPress is a great product to check out. Everything is optimized for security, search engine optimization, mobile (responsive) design and a whole lot more.
After getting your domain and hosting account, get your premium theme and get your business online!