Sometimes it’s difficult to know what you need when starting something new and unfamiliar. We have all been there! So we’ve put together this guide to give a helping hand.

Please get in touch or visit our knowledge base if you have questions.

Step 1

DOMAIN

Every website requires a domain name. It’s the address written into the top of your browser (eg. yourwebsite.co.nz). We recommend purchasing this before or with your website hosting.

Search for a domain

Use our FREE search feature to secure your unique domain today!

Already have a domain?

Great! Now all you need to do is point the Name Servers to your hosting.  These can be found in the Domain’s DNS Records.  If you’re hosting your website with us they need to be changed to:

ns1.cloudzone.co.nz
ns2.cloudzone.co.nz

Step 2

HOSTING

Once you have a domain purchased you can move on to organising the website hosting. Match the size of your website with a hosting plan (eg. Small website pared with a small hosting plan).

SMALL

STRATUS
$6 p/mth

MEDIUM

NIMBO
$11 p/mth

LARGE

ALTO
$15 p/mth

X-LARGE

CIRRUS
$25 p/mth

Step 3

EMAIL

Once your hosting account has been created you will have the ability to create professional looking email accounts with your domain name (eg. admin@yourdomain.co.nz).

We have written an article in our Knowledge Base that will guide you through the process of creating an email account.

Step 4

DESIGN

Now it’s time to get creative!  Spend some time looking at your competitors websites and decided how you want your website to look and function.  We recommend creating your design in a program like Photoshop or InDesign if possible.

NEED HELP?

Have a look at our sister company Codetrix. They specialise in Website Design and Development.

Step 5

CREATE

Hire a developer

Building a website is a very specialised skill and can be tricky if you require unique features.  Thats why we recommend you ask a developer to do this for you.

NEED HELP?

Have a look at our sister company Codetrix. They specialise in Website Design and Development.

Do it yourself

If you don’t want to use a developer, installing WordPress or another CMS system on your hosting will be invaluable.  With alot of drag and drop options available you won’t need to learn how to write a single line of code.

NEED HELP?

We can instill WordPress for you. Visit our WordPress Services page or Get in Touch with our team for more information.

Step 6

TEST

Website development finished? Be sure to check everything! Spelling… Colours… Images… Contact Forms…

Step 7

LAUNCH

The big day has arrived! It’s time for all your hard work to be uploaded to your hosting space to be seen by everyone.

Step 8

PROMOTE

NEED HELP?

Have a look at our partner, HGB. They specialise in Inbound Marketing.

Step 9

UPDATE

Most website owners launch a new website and let it sit static for two years before starting the process of building a new website again.  Avoid falling into this trap by updating your website with fresh content as often as possible.  Doing this is also the best way to climb the Google rankings.

Create a strategy of what you can add to your website and how often.  Give your visitors a reason to come back and they’ll spread the word about your website for you.

NEED HELP?

Have a look at our sister company Codetrix. They specialise in Website Design and Development.