So you're interested in getting your own website but you're not sure where to start, or how to go about it
Here's a few questions to ask yourself.
Who is going to build a new one or modify an existing one? Obviously I hope it's us but whomever you choose should be knowledgeable enough to use (x)HTML and CSS web standard compliant code. An accessible and mobile friendly page gets more attention from Google.
Who is going to maintain it once it's online? Again; here I am but realize web development and maintenace requires time, effort and the skillset to do it right. Make sure you, or whomever you designate, has all 3 in abundance.
Any web developer is going to expect some preparation on your part. Can you give him/her examples of websites you like (and why) as well as examples of websites you don't like. Any particular color scheme or navigation you want to use or avoid?
Do you have a Go Live By date?
Once it's up, what about advertising? Ask your developer about using Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools to track web traffic and see what keywords is driving it. Or would you like to use Google Adwords?
So weather you need just a 1 page business card, or fully e-commerce enabled, we have you covered.