Starting a Web Business Checklist

Half Nut Development has gone through the work of making a web based business and has created the following list of resources to help you get your business on line. Whether you are totally web-based or just getting your existing business a web presence, we’re here to help.

Before You Begin
  • Company Name -Example: Half Nut Development
  • Company Slogan -Example: It’s What’s Inside That Counts!
  • Obtain a Business License
  • Decide Domain Name -Example:www.halfnutdevelopment.com
  • Purchase Domain Name -Example:GoDaddy.com
  • Obtaine Web Hosting -Example: We recommend HostingRails.com
Designing Your Web Site
  • Define Company Color Scheme
  • Design a Company Logo
  • Choose a Web Design Company -Example: www.halfnutdevelopment.com
  • Gather Digital and Other Content
  • Decide on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Strategy
  • Install Google Analytics Tracking Urchin
Administering Your Web Site
  • Set Up Email Accounts with Your Domain
  • Set Up FTP/SFTP Accounts on Your Site
  • Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Create a Timed Backup Schedule for Your Content
  • Look into Having a Security Audit Performed
Setting Up eCommerce
  • Obtain a Merchant Account -Example: Authorize.net
  • Obtain a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificate -Example:GoDaddy.com
  • Install/Enable a Shopping Cart -Example Zen Cart, osCommerce
  • Configure Shopping Cart
  • Implement Design in Shopping Cart
After The Fact
  • Create Site Map, both in HTML & XML
  • Submit Site to Search Engines
  • Exchange Links with Related Web Sites
  • Write a Blog Entry/News Section About Launching Your Site
Daily Operations
  • Make Sure You Have a Way to Support Your Customers
  • Implement a Help Desk/Ticketing System
  • Implement an Invoicing System to Bill Your Customers
  • Implement a Time Card System to Pay Your Employees
  • Make Regular Updates to Your Web Site
  • Obtain an Accountant for Year End Taxes