How to Create a Good Looking Website for Your Coffee Shop or Bakery Business
When you start a coffee shop business or an online coffee business, you will have lots on your plate. From choosing the right location, picking your coffee beans, to hiring your employees. Sometimes there is so much to do that it can be nearly paralyzing to most coffee shop owners.
Creating your coffee shop website, should not be difficult.
My recommendation: Don't re-invent the wheel with your website. Just get it up.
In fact, once you decide to move forward with starting your coffee business, you should create your online coffee presence right away.
Here's why: It's a motivation builder! In fact, one of the great “momentum building” things you can do is to get your future coffee shop website up online.
In fact, I believe that if you have the skills to send an email or update your Facebook page with pictures of your last vacation, then you certainly have the skills to build your own website. I will demonstrate just how easy it is in the following videos.
But first, when it comes to setting up your “online coffee business”, let's consider you options in setting up your website:
Your Quick Options to Creating Your Store
Option #1: Shopify
When most people think of Shopify, they think of an e-commerce solution to help them sell things online, such as coffee beans. While many coffee shops do sell things online, including coffee, t-shirts, gift certificates, as well as other merchandise, Shopify can be another quick and easy way to get take care of your website – and – sell online.
Additionally if you decide to run your Point-of-Sale system with Shopify, you can integrate your POS with your online store.
The cost? The cost is about $29 per month. It's not cheap, but you also get convenience (you can set it up yourself) and you get your website hosting service included (Otherwise, web hosting can cost you about $80-$120 per year).
Option #2: Your Own Website with WordPress.org
Developing your website with WordPress.org can be relatively easy to get started. First, let's quickly mention what WordPress is…
WordPress is a free and open-source software that allows you to build your own websites. Software like WordPress is often referred to as a “Content Management System” or CMS. It basically provides the skeleton or framework of your website.
You can use the software from WordPress.org to make one website or 100 websites, it's still completely free.
Now in order to use the software, you're going to have to install it somewhere. You will need to install it on a server. Usually, people get a web host company like Blue Host for this service.
Once you get the Website Hosting service through Blue Host, for example, you can either download the software in a zip file from WordPress.org and upload it to your web hosting provider's database OR you can simply use your Blue Host's one-click install button to download it directly.
Once the software is installed, your website is theoretically up and live, though you may want to install a theme for coffee shops. Some good looking website themes can be found at ThemeForest.
The approximate cost?
- Website Domain: $20
- Hosting $75 annually
What you need to have your own WordPress website:
#1: Get Your Domain Name: This is your personalized website address
#2: Get Your Website Hosting: Blue Host
#3: WordPress Software is Free (See Video below on how to upload it)
#4: WordPress Theme (Themeforest)
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Prepare for creating your website
Many people forget to take care of some pretty basic elements of a website before getting started. As you develop your website, you will need:
- Video (Optional)
If you want to start your website with WordPress, check out the following video: It's a short tutorial to get your domain and website online.
This is a “low key”, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide on how to get your website online without having any coding or real computer skills!
You will need to have an email and know a little about uploading pictures, but that's really it. Also, in the video, I will be using a website hosting service called Blue Host, which is you have to pay for to get your own hosting account (don't worry, it's cheap)!
Also, I will be using a free software called WordPress, which I can show you how to install in the video below.
So, get Blue Host account going and then come back and follow along with video #1:
Review Steps From Videos
Step 2: Get a Hosting Provider > Save with BLUE HOST (Affiliate Link)
Step 3: Connect the Two (Your Domain and Hosting Provider)
Step 4: Upload WordPress Through Blue Host (Blue Host Makes it Easy)
Step 5: Configure Settings
Step 6: Look at WordPress Themes Here
Step 7: Add your Content, Products
If you have any questions, feel free to email us!
(Discovering Your Dashboard, Available Plugins, Creating Posts, and Uploading Your Logo)
See, this is pretty easy, right? If you need help, simply email me and I will be able to answer any questions! Remember to get your web hosting package with Blue Host to follow along.
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