The thought if creating a website for some person can be a daunting task. Personally, I even feel sick when I compare the stress of creating a website vs the amount that leaves my pocket.
On a second thought through modern technologies, you do not have to be a computer geek to create your own personal website. It only takes a bit of discipline and commitment to get yourself up to speed.
Before designing, it’s essential you undergo some kind of soul searching so as to know what you want to achieve with your website.
Some important questions include:
• What’s my mission
• What’s my vision
• What’s my future plan
• Who are my target audience
• Which market is my target
The above is worth considering because a website is one of the puzzles in your business strategy. Therefore it is necessary to tie your website to some product you sell or a service you offer. Similar questions you should ask yourself as you think of building your own website include:
• What product or services am I selling
• Who are my competitors
• Who are my customers or clients
• What is my competitive advantage in offering my product or services through my website
• Why am I better than my competitor
• Where will my company be in 5 years
Answering the above questions will not only enable you to create a good website for yourself, but you will also know alongside how to gain insight, showcase strength, minimize weakness, know the tool you need, and above all manage time which is very important for you and your business.
Website design tools you can select from
Since hand coding your website all by yourself can be really stressful and boring. It is mostly advised that newcomers embrace quick online website building platforms that guarantee quick results. Among others, these are my personal best choice.
Among the tools listed above, WordPress and blogger are most popular. With WordPress, you will be able to design any site of your choice including e-commerce websites to sell your product and services at a real-time as you will do in your local shop. Below is some useful quick website design tutorial you can learn from:
As you begin to learn, one important tool that’s common amongst all the platform is called widget. A web widget (commonly referred to simply as a ‘widget’) is a small program that you can easily put on your website, blog, or personalized start page. A common example of a widget that most of us run across almost every day are those Google advertisements.
The beauty of widgets is that you don’t need to know how to program to use them. Installing a web widget on your site, whether it be a personalized start page or a blog, is a simple matter of copying the code and pasting it into the appropriate place on your site.
Even though widgets are available that does not mean they should be used everywhere on your site, instead, they should be used with caution only when it’s to be used for a specific task. Every widget you add to your website should necessarily solve a problem for the user.
HOW WILL YOUR WEBSITE BE MAINTAINED
Regular updates and check should be an integral part of your website plan. How often will you be updating your site? It can be daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly. Always check to see that your website content is well aligned with your business goals and needs.
Lastly, don’t forget to measure your success as you grow using free tools like Google analytics [https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/
], Alexa [www.aexa.com] and Semrush [https://www.semrush.com/ ].