Posted on January 12, 2016
Your website has a huge impact on how potential customers perceive your business. Many of your customers are going to find you by searching for local massage therapists online, which means your website is going act as a first impression. If your website is unprofessional, it's going to make you look unprofessional. The following are a few tips for creating a professional website for your massage therapy business:
Use your own domain
Having your own domain name is the first step for a professional website. You'll likely want to choose a ".com" rather than a ".co" or ".net" since ".com" tends to be easier to remember. You'll also want to keep your domain name as short as possible. For example, a business named ABC Massage Clinic should first try for ABCmassage.com. If that domain is taken, only then try ABCmassageclinic.com. A domain name is usually around $10/year and well worth the investment.
Upgrade Your Email Address
When you buy your domain name, find a provider that includes an email address. This way you can be reached at email@example.com rather than firstname.lastname@example.org. Using your own domain is not only more professional, it is more memorable.
Create a professional website layout
There are several factors that ensure your website looks professional. These include the following:
Logo - Make sure the logo of your massage therapy business is visible on every page of your website to help strengthen your brand's identity. It's worth working with a graphic designer to create a professional and stand-out logo that will not only be used on your website, but also on your business cards, flyers, etc.
Contact info - Your contact information should be very easy to find. This includes your email address, your business phone number, the physical location of your business, and links to your business' social media profiles. The last thing you want is for potential customers to leave your website because they couldn't find a way to contact you! If you use online appointment scheduling, you should include your "Book Appointment" button on every page.
Easy navigation - Make sure it's easy to navigate your site by having clearly named links on your navigation bar. Massage therapists can keep things as simple as: Home, Services We Offer, About Me, and Contact.
A clean look - Only use a few colors to design your webpages. Many contrasting colors can be distracting to the eye. Choose colors that are complimentary to your logo. The same goes for fonts - keep them simple. Don't use cursive or other hard to read fonts, and limit the amount of white text on a dark background - it is hard to read. There are plenty of template websites that can make a website easy to maintain or you can hire a web designer/programmer to help you out - sometimes it's best to recognize if web design in not your strength and just have someone else do it, so that you can focus on your business.