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How to Build Your Canadian Private Practice Website

Posted by: Julia Smith on August 21, 2019 2:47 pm
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Creating a private practice website should be your priority when starting a Canadian private practice! It’s important because most people find their therapist through the internet nowadays. There are so many options when choosing how to build your private practice website. You could build it yourself from scratch, create one through a website builder like Wix or Square Space, or hire a company! The two most important things that you need to consider when building a Canadian website are:

  1.   SEO (search engine optimization) – SEO is fancy tech coding for your website that helps it rank high on internet searches so that people can easily find your website.
  2.  Flexibility – You want to make sure that you have lots of options when developing your website so that when your private practice grows… your website can grow with it!

Because of these two considerations, I highly recommend choosing WordPress to build your Canadian Private Practice website. WordPress is open source, has AMAZING SEO and unlimited options for creating your website! With proprietary website builders you are confined to limited templates and the SEO is restricted because the website is built on their private platform.

Plus, if you choose a proprietary website builder, all of your content is stored on their servers, so if you ever decide to switch to another company or take full control of your website… you will have to start from scratch and not all of your SEO will transfer! It’s best just to start with WordPress where you can easily switch from templates to having full control of your website.

Recommended Options for Building Your Own Canadian Private Practice Website:

Below are my suggestions on what companies to work with when building your Canadian private practice website. Most of the companies I am suggesting include a domain web address (ie. www.fearlesspractice.ca). BUT, for myself, I like to purchase my domains outside of the companies that I work with so that I own them separately. I purchase my domains from I Want My Name as I find it easy to purchase from them and to revenue each year.

WordPress Website Options:

Level 1: WordPress.org ($5.35 CAD per month for hosting)

This option is great for Canadian counsellors who are tech-savvy and have a very tight budget! WordPress.org is hosted on your own server that you purchase through a hosting company. This means that you own your website completely. I recommend Bluehost. Once you have your host you can choose from free themes to help build your website! The downside is that you will solely be in charge of updates, security, plugins, and design which can take up A LOT of your time.

Click here to purchase Bluehost. Click here to learn more about WordPress.org.

Level 2: WordPress.com (Pricing ranging from a free plan to $59 CAD per month plus tax)

This option is great for Canadian therapists who are NOT tech-savvy and looking for an amazing deal! This company will build your WordPress website and provide you with security for your website. You can choose from VERY affordable monthly plans and the best part is, as your Canadian private practice grows and you want more flexibility with your site… you can switch to WordPress.org! Choose from tons of templates, get great SEO, and if you want extra help you can hire a specialist to build your website! I recommend the $33 per month (plus tax) Creator plan so you have amazing security and plug in options!

Click here to start building your website! Also, here is a great article that reviews the differences of wordpress.com and wordpress.org.

Happy building!

Julia

About Julia
Julia Smith, MEd, RCT, CCC, is a Canadian private practice consultant who specializes in helping Canadian counsellors and therapists start private practice. She also owns a private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she helps depressed teens build confidence, find happiness, and gain insight.

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Ready, Set, Launch!

Posted by: CC PA on June 19, 2015 10:26 am

website To celebrate CCPA’s 50th Anniversary as a National Association, we are proud to announce that we have launched a brand new website! www.ccpa-accp.ca has a fresh new design, a more organized layout, and a sleek sophisticated feel.

All of the same information will still be readily available:

– Are you thinking about becoming a CCPA member?

– Are you interested in applying for our Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation?  Download our certification requirements & procedures manual

– Access a list of all of our available forms including (but not limited to):

  • Proof of Student Status
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) application
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor – Supervisor (CCC-S) application
  • Continuing Education Credits (CEC) application
  • Awards Nomination
  • Publication Order

– Want to join a new chapter? View all of our interest based and regional based chapters

– Looking for advertisement options?

– Get the most up-to-date information regarding our Annual Conference

– Learn more about CCPA’s National Board of Directors and National Office staff

– Do you have general questions regarding membership, mention of membership, certification, regulation across Canada, continuing education, accreditation, or ethics? Visit our FAQ section!

– Do you have specific questions for one of our staff? Contact us directly!


We welcome your feedback, so please feel free to leave your comments below.




*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA