Third-party food delivery services like UberEats and Postmates are great, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for your restaurant. The ease of using these services comes at a price: specifically, a percentage of your profits or a monthly subscription fee. And sometimes, you want to do something a little more special for your clientele. How do successful restaurants create their own food delivery website without spending lots of time and money?
In this guide, we’ll show you how to use a website creator to quickly make a food delivery service that blows your competitors right out of the water!
First, what’s a website creator?
A website creator is a tool that makes it easy to create your own website by customizing website templates to suit your restaurant’s brand. If your restaurant is the kind that lets customers create their own meal by combining different elements, like those build-your-own-sandwich shops that offer varieties of bread, fillers, and sauces, then you can picture how a website creator works. A website creator offers you lots of templates and design options that you can combine to create the website that’s right for your brand.
How to use a website creator to make a food delivery website in 4 easy steps:
- Choose the right website creator
- Set up your domain, hosting, and email
- Choose a great template & add content
- Add eCommerce elements
1. Choose the right website creator
Not all website creators are created equal. Some companies that specialize in website creators have free options that don’t produce high-quality websites. You want to make sure you avoid these.
When you’re choosing a website creator, here are some things to look for:
Lots of templates to choose from:
Just because you use a website creator doesn’t mean you want everyone to know it. The more templates your creator offers, the greater your chances of creating a website that looks unique. Stay away from website creators that only offer five to ten instantly recognizable templates.
If your website creator doesn’t help you save money, there’s no point. Choose a website creator that helps you make gorgeous websites without overspending. (Our website creator plans start at $3 a month.)
Ease of customization:
One of the big selling points of website creators is that they make it easy for anyone to make a gorgeous website. If your website creator has a steep learning curve, run! Our website creator uses drag-and-drop technology, which is just as easy to use as it sounds. There’s no reason to spend time fussing about with complicated website creators.
Your website will be designed for your customers to make purchases. If a website creator doesn’t offer eCommerce plugins that make it easy for your customers to spend their money with you, you’re wasting your time.
For tips to set up your pricing page, check out this blog post.
Think you’ve already found the right website creator? On to the next step!
2. Set up your domain, hosting, and email
A domain is the address of a website. For example, our domain is “www.ownwebsite.com.” If your business already has a name, we recommend that you make your domain name the same as your business name.
The best site builder platforms, like Ownwebsite.com make it easier for you to register a domain and host it in one place. If you’ve thought of a domain name or already own one, you have two simple options. One – select a sitebuilder which allows you to register your domain or two, use your existing domain for your website.
While some site builders platforms don’t offer webhosting, a few have started to offer this vital service to make it easier for customers. (Every website on the internet is stored on a server. Web hosting companies and some site builder providers let you store your website on their servers in exchange for a monthly fee.) Our website creator comes with hosting, so there’s no extra step.
You’re also going to want to set up an email address. We recommend choosing an email address with your custom domain. So, if your restaurant is called “When Figs Fly” and your domain name is www.whenfigsfly.com, you’ll want your email address to be something like firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Choose a great template and add content
There are lots of themes out on the market, but we recommend dual purpose themes with built in mobile adaptability. Here’s why you need a mobile friendly template:
Most internet activity (including ordering food online) happens on mobile phones. There are things you can do to make your website more attractive to mobile visitors, but why not make your website mobile-friendly right out the gate? Our websites are always mobile-friendly, which makes our website creator perfect for restaurant owners.
Next, you want to do a bit of research in your niche. Next step, you want to gather high quality images that pop and showcase your local food delivery with bold CTA (call-to-action).
4. Add eCommerce elements
Once you’ve finished creating your website, you’ll want to add eCommerce plugins like a shopping cart and payment gateway extensions. Payment gateways are tools that let your visitors make payments, like PayPal and Stripe. (If you’re only accepting payment in-store or through your delivery driver, you don’t need a payment gateway.)
That’s it! Follow these four simple steps and you’ll have set up your own food delivery website without paying an arm and a leg!