Web Design For Beginners
Now that you are ready to get yourself or your business a professional and functional website, the next question is, how do you start? In this article we will discuss the components of a website, how to choose the right builder, a step-by-step guide on setting up a good website all by yourself and discuss whether you need a website development agency to handle it for you.
The steps to creating a website as a beginner
Top Website Builders
There are several website builders out there to choose from. Your choice will depend on personal preferences and the type of website you want to build. That said, we have highlighted the top website builders below:
Wix – This is the simplest of the bunch. Most of the processes are automated, and it requires little input from you.
Weebly – Weebly is known for its tons of flexible and straightforward templates. It is comparable to Wix in terms of simplicity.
Squarespace – If you prioritise aesthetics and attractive designs, Squarespace will help you to achieve that as a beginner.
WordPress – Over 30% of the internet is powered by WordPress websites. WordPress comes handy for every type of website you may want to build – blogs, corporate websites, and even eCommerce platforms.
Once you have chosen the right builder, go ahead to sign up for a plan that you find affordable and suitable for your needs. The plans and fees of each builder can be found on their corresponding websites.
Choose your Domain Name
Your domain name is that part of your URL that identifies a webpage or website. For instance, the domain name in the URL – google.com is “Google.” You can buy and register a domain name on platforms like Domain.com and GoDaddy, among others.
Ensure that your domain name is relevant to what you do. You should also keep it short and memorable. If possible, do not include numbers in your domain names – it makes it hard for people to remember. Lastly, do not choose a domain name that is already attributed to an existing brand. You can always check using this link before registering.
Choose a design template and customise it
A theme or template is what your website builder will build on, in terms of design and appearance. Consider it a framework on which the other content of your website is built. There are various themes for different themes – blogs, portfolios, online stores, restaurants, fitness blogs, and others. You can include new pages, elements, images, colours, and links – all these come under the editing and customisation. It’s rare that you’ll find a theme that is exactly what you want, so be sure to prepare for moving lots around until you get it just right.
Upload and format content
Your website must have proper content. Make sure you write compelling content that conveys your brand messages or hire someone to do it for a fee.
Preview, test and publish your website
The preview and testing phase is where you take a final look at your website. You want to make sure everything is in place before the website goes live. Check the spelling and grammar of the content. Ensure that the buttons and links are working as expected. Is the website accessible on both mobile and desktop devices? How quickly does the website load?
You may do the testing yourself or ask your colleagues and friends to test for you. It is always good to have fresh pairs of eyes to take a look for you. If you end up making modifications, ensure that you save all of them. Once everything is in place, proceed to launch your website.
Helpful tips to create your first Website
Understand the purpose of building
Why am I building a website? This is an important question you should answer – before anything else. Who are you expecting to visit the website? What are your expectations of these visitors? Your answers to these questions will inform your subsequent decisions on the journey to create a great website.
Choose the best website builder
As we have discussed above, there are a couple of options to choose from when it comes to website builders. It is your responsibility to go for the one that best suits your needs. Always check out the features, prices, and ease-of-use of a builder before settling for it. You may also do a comparison to see how it fares against other builders.
Keep it simple and relevant
Yes, it is your first website, and you want to impress. That is understandable. However, going down the path of simplicity and clarity is always a better and smarter choice. That said; if you encounter any issue while at it, you can always seek help. Almost all of these website builders run a user community where you can talk to experts. There are also various support options to help you to fix problems and issues.
Finally, website creation is not supposed to be a chore. It is your website – the gateway through other people can see you and what you do on the internet. So, take your time to do your best and have fun while at it.
Whilst following these steps will help you to build your website, it may be that you don’t have time to juggle website creation with all the other responsibilities that come with running a business. That’s where we step in. Call today for a free consultation to see if we’d be a good fit for you and your business!