WEBSITE RESOURCES

Before we jump into the resources in this section, let me distinguish between website design and website development.  The way I like to describe the difference is that website design is the way your website looks.  It’s the way your viewers experiences your website.  Website development is how your website is laid out.  It’s how your viewers experience your website.  Both are important and both require different resources.  If you want to do it yourself, you absolutely can.  It will take time and it could be a fun way to exercise different mental muscles.  However, don’t get discouraged if you feel like it is too overwhelming for you.  There are really good freelancers around that can take this burden off your shoulders at ChristianForHire.com.

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

YOUR FANCY COOL NEW DOMAIN NAME

Let’s start with the development of your website.  I have created scores of websites, including this one.  Website development starts with finding a great domain name.  You can begin your search for a catchy domain name at https://creativeresources.fyi/domains.  This will take you to the company I use, NameCheap.  You can get domains from all sorts of websites.  I am a recent convert to NameCheap.  I used to have all my domains at GoDaddy.  But I moved to NameCheap for one very important, albeit technical reason: the SSL Certificate.

THE “MANDATORY” SSL CERTIFICATE

If you want to be seen on Google search results, you must have an SSL Certificate.  Way back in 2018, Google made SSL Certificates mandatory.  If you would like to read more about it, you can read about it here. (Reading is not mandatory.)  I moved away from GoDaddy to NameCheap because GoDaddy charges too much for SSL Certificates, like way too much.  With NameCheap, the cost of the first year of your SSL Certificate is included in the price of your hosting account.  Renewals are less than $10 a year.

THE HOME YOUR WEBSITE LIVES IN, YOUR HOSTING ACCOUNT

Think of your domain name like your street address and your hosting account like your house or apartment.  As you can imagine, I recommend NameCheap because of the cost of the SSL Certificates.  They have several hosting options to choose from, as you are starting out, you could get the cheapest shared hosting option; Stellar.  If you plan to have multiple websites, make sure you get a hosting account that can host multiple websites; Stellar Plus.  This is the route I go.  As my website traffic grows, I will upgrade to their VPS Hosting.  I have had no complaints since switching over.  

THE LESS “TECHNICAL” OPTION

I realize that I have a background in Website Development, so the above option might be a little too technical for you.  If you read through all of that and thought there is no way you could do it, then you should try … 

WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

Before we jump into the resources in this section, let me distinguish between website design and website development.  The way I like to describe the difference is that website design is the way your website looks.  It’s the way your viewers experiences your website.  Website development is how your website is laid out.  It’s how your viewers experience your website.  Both are important and both require different resources.  If you want to do it yourself, you absolutely can.  It will take time and it could be a fun way to exercise different mental muscles.  However, don’t get discouraged if you feel like it is too overwhelming for you.  There are really good freelancers around that can take this burden off your shoulders at ChristianForHire.com.