How to start a website in 1 day

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Have you wondered how we can offer such an amazing price for a website . The magic is that we have simplified the process by using the free and unique CMS framework called Drupal It only takes 1 day to have a complete website up running. This article will explain the whole process of building a website. If you get stuck anywhere don't hesitate to use the support link at the top of the page to ask for help.

Website hosting and domain name - 1 hour Clock Icon

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You need to purchase Website hosting and domain name. the domain name is actually the name of your website. Choose something short unique and memorable. In the post people would choose long domain names that include keywords to achieve better google result position. This is in the past now as google ignores domain name completely and having a long name for your website will have negative effect on your website popularity.

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When you pay for domain name you are not buying it , but only renting it for the period you choose. You have the right to renew it as long as you want, but after it expires it is free to be taken again. Domain names are very cheap and there are thousands of companies that offer them. Prices vary from £2-£8 per year and due to its low price it is good practice to have your domain name and hosting under the same company for easy administration and less hassle with the setup. We will not go into much detail about the website hosting, but in its most simple meaning is renting online web space.

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The minimum requirements to run Drupal are PHP4 or above ,at least one Mysql Database and 100mb (or more) storage space. Average price for such package is around £30-40 per year. There are few things to consider when choosing hosting company.

  • Uptime - how often your website is unreachable(page cannot be found)
  • Download Speed - how quickly it loads
  • Support - how good and quick is the support they offer
  • Administration - what control do you have and how easy is to change settings of your package
  • Price - last thing to consider is the price. Our recommendation is if any of the other point is missing don't be tempted by the cheap prices

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Drupal is completely free and the most expandable and SEO friendly CMS. It can be expanded with many free templates and add-ons to meet any needs. Installing it is the most difficult part from the whole process , but drupal comes with rich documentation and depending on your technical knowledge will take you different time and effort to set it up. Drupal uses PHP and Mysql to dynamically create the content.

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Install Drupal
Drupal has hundreds of templates to choose from. You can preview and choose the one you like the most. Of course you you can build the template yourself , but this will take you quite a lot of time and for quick results it is not recommended.

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Drupal has many additional modules which add different functionality to your website. For example for commerce website you can add the ubercart module which is a complete online store solution for small and mid businesses. You can add any functionality you can think of and like facebook module ,youtube videos, picture galleries etc.

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Creating your content requires some html skill , but again with drupal you can install another module WYSIWYG editor which is very similar to a word document creation and doesn't require any html coding.

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That is it! Hopefully now you have your website up and running in only 1 day.
The purpose of this article is to explain in general the process of 1 day website development and as such It doesn't explain in much detail each step.

Don't forget to check our website packages:
Affordable Website Design from Vip-Consult.
How to recognise the good website design?

This is very simple!

Easy navigation is the key to finding the important information quick.
Correct font sizes is very important to emphasize the important information on each page.
Too much text is boring! Your website pages need to be interesting. Visualize your ideas with some pictures.
What will be my involvement in the whole process?
We encourage your participation in the development, but if you haven’t got enough time, we will undertake the majority of the workload. After we establish your requirements, leave the rest to us and simply observe the website progress under a temporary location provided by us.
How long it will take to build the website?
It depends on its complexity. After elaboration of the concept, an estimated completion period will be agreed. The speed with which you provide us with all the necessary information – text, pictures, drawings etc will have an important bearing on how quickly the website it completed. For standard websites the development time is about 1-2 weeks.
Can I manage and change my website after it is finished?
We offer solutions which allow you to add, change and delete the website contents.
This is achieved with CMS (content management systems).
These systems are very user friendly and they don’t need any technical skills to use them.
If you feel confident using Microsoft Word then you will find the CMS very easy to use.
It allows basic text changes of any page on your website
Why should I choose you?
The principles of VIP Consult are:
  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsibility
  3. Precision
  4. Clarity
  5. Honesty
Can I start with the base package and choose more add-ons later?
Yes, that is the beauty of the system we work with.
You can purchase as many addons as you want when needed.
How do I pay?
No advanced payment is due until the service is complete.Every customer is provided with a full invoice and payment can be done cash or using a debit or credit card.
How do I attract more visitors to my website?

This depends entirely on the advertising campaign. If your business relies on random clients from the Internet, the best way is purposefully advertising on Google, Yahoo, MSN and all business directories in your business region and location. Initially it is absolutely necessary that we optimize the website for the search engines and make sure it is indexed properly and it is recognized by all search robots. SEO(Search Engine Optimization) addon is the perfect start!

Which regions do you cover and where are you based ?

Our main office is located in Bournemouth (South west), but we offer our services for customers anywhere in the UK.

What is a Template?

A template is a pre designed layout of a website.Using a template means your website will be built in the same format as the template with a few options to change it.
It is the most cost and time effective method for website development.

What is the process of building a website?
All our clients are treated as VIP's and your satisfaction is our highest priority. Together, we will go through all the steps of building your website to fulfill your requirements. Here are the primary stages in creating of your website:
We meet to discuss your market, products, services, offers and promotions. We need to establish the purpose of your website. We decide on the domain name that is best for you. A 20% deposit is required at this stage. Final charges are paid upon completion of the web page.
Website Design
This step is only for bespoke design projects. When your website is based on a template this step is skipped. After the first consultation, work on the Website design begins and within 30 days we produce the main graphic template and the home page.
Content Writing
You decide on the number of pages and the content for each one. Here you put your ideas in a word document which includes text and images to be used for the website
Code Writing
Once the design is selected and the content is ready we start with the website development. We put the website on its permanent web address and it becomes fully functional for public viewing.

Note: For more information on the actual development process you can read this article: How to start a website
This is my first website, can you help me?
Yes we can, we will build a well optimized site that will be easy to understand for both users and search engines. In the initial period we will discuss your preferences and build a site upon agreement. We provide professional services so you do not need to have any previous experience.
Who is qualified to build my website?
Choose your website developer very carefully.
If your website has bad navigation, color scheme that stands out, unreadable text and the content is not well organized you risk losing valuable clients and search engine spiders may not be able to fully index your website.
What is an E-commerce website design ?
An Ecommerce Website Design as an online shop with ability to take online payments via Debit or credit cards, Paypal or Google Checkout.
Our Ecommerce Website Design package includes:
Quick and easy adding of new product
Showing availability or hiding the "out of stock" products.
Automatically Calculates shipping cost based on weight or order quantity
Complete Store Administration
Store customer Details for Further reference
Sales Reports
Automatic email Notification for new orders.
Multiple Payment Option
How can you offer so affordable website design?
We have simplified the process of website design and development, therefore can pass the savings on to you.
I need the E-commerce Website Design addon , but can't afford it, what can I do ?
For starting businesses we always recommend the core package only and add the E-commerce website design later.
The base Website Design package is a good start and will present your business professionally.
Our service allow expanding and updating any website Design we create so you can always add the e-commerce website design addon when the profit permits it.

An e-commerce Website Design addon is only justified if you expect more than few sales every day.