To start with, you need a website! You can use one of the many free website builders, or you can build one on your own. If you want to go the DIY route, then I would recommend using WordPress. It has been around since 2003 and it is ranked #10 in popularity among websites on the Internet worldwide. It is used by many bloggers and website owners as their preferred choice for building a website.
If you do decide to build your own site, WordPress will give you an easy way to do that. The best part about building your own site is that you have complete control over everything! You don’t have to rely on someone else’s server space because it exists only in YOUR computer files and YOU control what goes into those files! In addition, there are thousands of plugins available for WordPress that extend its functionality considerably. I will build a website with WordPress sometime very soon and I will post about it here when I do. (I am a big fan of WordPress!)
How to Build a Website:
Next, you need to make a plan! You don’t want your website to look like the first website ever created back in 1991, do you? No! The web has come a long way since that time and it is important for your website to be up-to-date with current trends. When you make your plan, there are two main considerations: content and design. It is important for any business site that doesn’t have an e-commerce component to effectively communicate who you are and what you do. Many people think of their site as an advertisement or brochure, but if that’s all it is then no one will visit it repeatedly because there really isn’t any compelling reason for them too. Most people find websites through search engines or by links from other sites though so if your site doesn’t get bookmarked or linked very often then no one will see it at all! To get around this problem, many people use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter which allow users to share interesting things on their network with others who may not know anything about the person sharing the link in advance. This “word of mouth” approach can be effective since so many people pay attention to their friends’ likes on these sites rather than just following companies they don’t know anything about online.
To be effective, you need to have good content! Use all of the applicable keywords that describe your business on your site, and make sure the language is just right. Don’t waste people’s time with boring text and nothing new to offer them. A popular website building tool that I really like is Weebly because they have tons of great templates, but they are one-page sites so it doesn’t take a lot of work to build your own site there!
The next thing you should think about is design. It seems like many people overlook this aspect when they build their own sites if they aren’t professional web designers themselves because it can be tricky. Don’t get discouraged though; there are plenty of free resources available for this purpose as well! You will find many free images on stock photo websites such as Shutterstock or iStockPhoto which can be used for virtually anything you want for your site (as long as it’s not sold or redistributed elsewhere). There are also plenty of ways to download free fonts from around the web that can give any website a little more personality than just plain text would provide alone. Fonts may not seem very important but trust me–they make a big difference in how people perceive what you’re trying to say through your content and design! Finally, let’s talk about color schemes.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and please feel free to comment or ask any questions below. I will do my best to answer all of them and I look forward to hearing from you!