You can’t build a successful website until you know the basics. The only problem? Any small business starting from scratch – and who doesn’t want to shell out a lot of money for an expensive web designer – might not know the basics.
But that’s okay; you don’t need a lot of money in order to create a website that not only ends up exactly where you want it to be, but is built right from the figurative ground up. Let’s take a look at the 8-step process you can use to learn how to build a website today.
Step 1: Look around. No, we don’t mean that your first step as a website builder should be to look around the room. Instead, you’ll want to start looking at your competition and evaluating their websites. What are they doing right that you can emulate (without stealing)? What are they doing wrong that you can avoid? Take notes; these notes will become useful especially in Step 5.
Step 2: Use Web Start Today’s Website Builder tool. Why? Let’s list a few reasons:
- It’s easy to use, especially for people who don’t know how to make a website yet.
- A huge selection of designs are available, allowing you to match design to your industry – and each of these industry-specific designs has multiple color themes. Since colors influence buyer behavior and your own online brand, this is important.
- Forms are included, ready to use, and require no HTML knowledge on your part.
Step 3: Pick your design. Do your best to pick a design that suits your website’s needs. Check to see that you have the right amount of elements on the home page – too many and you’ll struggle to figure out which information to give your visitors; too few and you can’t direct your visitors to relevant portions of your site.
Step 4: Enter your business information. This part is easy, because Web Start Today’s website builder will automatically populate this information in the right spots throughout your site.
Step 5: Organize your website content in sections. If you’re stuck here, see what your competition does and add your own spin.
Step 6: Build your structure. Add, delete and arrange pages – whatever gets your site to where you want it to be.
Step 7: Add your logo. If you have customized content and images as well, add them at this stage to give your site a visual lift and individual feel.
Step 8: Pick your domain name. See the WebStartToday.com guide to picking domain names if you’re a little confused at this point.
That’s it. Eight easy steps that will teach you how to make a website without you shelling out an enormous amount of dough while learning nothing from a designer you then become beholden to.
One last tip: If you want to add more photos and pictures to your site, you can use the dimensions and details you learn at WebStartToday.com as you use the website builder and run a Google Image search for free/commercial pictures that match these specifications. Just make sure you have the proper permissions for these pictures – and that those permissions don’t change somewhere down the line.