Launch Your Website
You’ve been on quite a journey! Making a good website is hard work, but now you are ready to share it with the world.
Before you share the website with anyone, do a proofread of the entire website. Then, ask someone else to do a proofread. It’s a pain, but worth it.
I learned this lesson the hard way. I made a website for a client, and the link to the contact page broke when I was finishing up the website. I didn’t check everything at the very end. No one could contact the people that owned the website, which means no one could contact me to tell me it was broken. Ooof!
Learn from my mistake and check everything. Do this once you are completely done with the website.
- Does the text have perfect spelling and grammar?
- Do all the images work?
- Do all the videos play (if applicable)?
- When you click on every single link, does it work?
- Do all the links in the menu work?
- Is there a way to get back to the home page?
Your website is already live on the internet, anyone with the link to your website (the domain name) can visit it already. But no one will, unless you share the link to your website. To share the website, copy and paste the full URL from the search bar (for example: https://www.example.com) and send it to anyone and everyone.
You can paste this URL in an email, paste it into a social media post, or share it on an online forum where people interested in your topic meet up and talk.
It will take Google and other search engines a few weeks, or even months to realize your website exists, so don’t expect it to show up right away. You can speed up this process by telling search engines there is a new website in town.
After you launch, if you want to get lots of people to visit your website, it’s all about good content and SEO (discussed previously in the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) chapter).
A notice about links in this course
Some links in this course are "affiliate links". This means if you click on the link and purchase the thing, I get a commission for purchases made through links in this post. It costs you nothing extra, and enables me to work toward my dream of making a garden program to help kids and people with anxiety and depression learn and heal by interacting with the natural world. Thank you for making this dream a reality!