Are you planning on to launch a website or blog soon? Wondering about what tools you need to get up and running?
Here’s a list of the 9 tools you need to create your website or blog so you can get organized today. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Tool #1 Your Website Name a.k.a. Your Domain Name
What does privacy protection mean? Do you have to pay extra for it? ICANN requires the mailing address, phone number and email address of domain owners and administrators are available through WHOIS. You have the option of registering your domain through a WHOIS privacy service. This is a good option if you want to keep your contact information private and unavailable to the public.
Even though your domain name may be available, consider common law trademark. Is there anyone in your field already using this name on social media? Consult with a trademark attorney if you have any questions about the name you have chosen.
Tool #2 Your Website Builder
To build your website, you need a website builder. You have several options here and all are good options.
Squarespace has made it super easy for the non-technical “do it yourself” person to set up a website. It's low maintenance compared to other options. It's not free, but it’s affordable. One downside is that there is not a way to undo or revert back to your previous version of your site. This becomes more of an issue later down the road when you may need to refresh your site or rebrand.
Google loves Wordpress sites and it is estimated that 27.5% of the world’s websites are Wordpress sites. If you select an option like Wordpress, you will also need a hosting provider like BlueHost.
Tools #3 Your Email Service Provider
The next tool you need for your website is an email service provider. Why? This will allow you to start your email list and build a relationship and trust with your ideal customer. An easy way to do this is through email. There are a lot of email service providers in the marketplace. I personally like MailChimp and have received very good feedback from peers regarding their service and they have full integration with Squarespace. It is free for the first 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. Drip and ConvertKit are some other good options. I would not stress too much about this decision. You can always switch email service providers once you grow and fully understand the needs of your business.
Tool #4 Your Brand Color Generator
For your brand, you need to select two primary colors and two secondary colors to use on your website. There are several sites you can use to select the colors for your brand. Check out:
You will need to know the color hex code for your selected brand colors. A color hex code is a six-digit number used in HTML and other computing applications to represent colors. Try: color-hex.com
Tool #5 Your Font Selections
You need two or three selected font pairings that look good on a website. These will be the selected font pairings for your brand.
Here are some resources to help you pick out your selected fonts:
If you need to download your selected fonts for your website, try Font Squirrel. They may already be integrated with your website builder.
Tool #6 Your Logo:
You have several options for a logo. You can use the logo generator in Squarespace, use block letters for your name (which is fine), or outsource the design of your logo. Canva is another free resource for logo design.
Tool #7 Your Stock Photos
Tool #8 Your Photo compressor
This will reduce the size of your JPEG or PNG images without affecting the quality of your images and will help the download speed of your site. Try tinyjpg.com.
Tool #9 Your GSuite
To launch your site, you will need a way for people to connect with you. GSuite allows you to have a professional email e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, Google docs, Google drive, and your calendar so you can organize your files and use Google docs to create your content for your website all for just $5 per month.