Step 7: How To Launch Your Website

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Step 7: How To Launch Your Website

  1. 1. Step 7: Don’t forget these crucial steps before going live! HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR WEBSITE
  2. 2. <ul><li>Step 1: How to set your website goal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: How to identify and target your market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: How to write your content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you need a web designer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 4: How to choose your web designer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 5: How to choose your domain name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 6: How to choose your web host </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 7: How to launch your website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why completing your website is not the end </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 8: How to promote your website </li></ul></ul>Part of the HELP I Need a Website! Series See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan i i
  3. 3. <ul><li>You probably don’t want your website to be visible before official launch </li></ul><ul><li>If so, hide development of your website: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use password protection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Or redirect visitors to an explanation page </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Upload your files </li></ul><ul><li>You or your web designer should upload the website using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Test </li></ul><ul><li>Test the design works on multiple browsers, screen resolutions and operating systems </li></ul><ul><li>Test the functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Test the accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Proof read the content </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>More testing! </li></ul><ul><li>Get people from you target market to try out your website </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Get feedback from testers </li></ul><ul><li>Redesign if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Retest, get feedback etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Add visitor analysis and tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Add code to your website to track visitor numbers and details </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. Google Analytics </li></ul><ul><li>This will allow future monitoring and improvement </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Double check </li></ul><ul><li>Run through all your checks one last time </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Decide when to go live </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a day and time when your website will be best received by your target market </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>LAUNCH! </li></ul>Remove any password protection and go live
  12. 12. <ul><li>Tell everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Tell everyone you know online and offline about your new website </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Submit your website </li></ul><ul><li>Submit to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media websites E.g. StumbleUpon.com, Digg.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search engines and website directories E.g. Google.com, Dmoz.com </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Make a press release </li></ul><ul><li>Write and distribute an online (and offline) press release announcing your website launch </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Avoid the temptation to launch early. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure you have created the environment for the start of a successful website. </li></ul>
  16. 16. You’ve now seen how to launch your website. This is the SEVENTH STEP in the process of good website design. See the complete guide at www.realfreewebsites.com/website-plan
  17. 17. Ask the experts at guiding you through website development: www.realfreewebsites.com Need Help?

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