Do you think you need a website? I say YES! With more and more potential clients, searching the web for information. Your site is the first chance you have at making a good impression on a potential client, before they make a decision.
With a well-designed, and professional looking website your family child care business can project the image and professionalism that can compete with child care centers and preschools.
Here is part I in helping you develop a great looking website. No need for you to ask, your ten-year old nephew, because you are computer challenged. Let’s get started.
1. Hosting, what is it and why do I need it? Hosting can be used to refer to the housing of your website. You have to put it somewhere. Knowing that you want a website cheap or free is where we will start. Weebly is my favorite free website host. What is nice about Weebly is they want your business, they have a section called Weebly for Education that is specifically tailored for teachers and schools. My second choice is Homestead cheap but, a great site for easy to build websites that let you have a bit more freedom and space than the free websites.
2. Now, do your consumer duties and become an informed shopper. I highly suggest you Google free websites and look for some more options. Any of them work great.
3. Now that you have made your choice, you need to register or join. During this registration they will ask you to enter a domain name. Now, you can either buy a domain name. This means you will get a name that looks like this www.mylittlescholar.org, your name with a .com, .net, or .org at the end. They are fairly cheep; go to godaddy.com and research a untaken name or you can get you free subdomains from your host. This name will look something like this www.greenfishchronicles.wordpress.com. Your name, then the host company name then a .com at the end. A bit more lengthy but still very cost-effective.
Tips on choosing your domain name. Keep it simple, easy to spell and easy to remember.
4. Now to the part I find the most fun. Choosing a template and the start of your design. Creativity rules when choosing your template. You might have an idea of what you want, but if you do not I suggest you just browse until you find that one design that says, this is it.
Tips on a choosing template. The template does not have to be all cartoon, and kids. I have seen some well done websites by family child care businesses that use nature, color and anything in-between.
Websites, are an important tool in showing a potential client what you are about, and your business. Many overlook this marketing tool, due to believing that it is too hard or expensive.
I am calling all family child care business that have completed your website to post it here. One its free promotion for you. Two, it will help other get ideas on what they can have in a website.
Here is my Family Child Care Business Website. Take a look.