How To Design A Website
In today’s information age we all live in, every successful business needs a website — even the small businesses. There’s no need to spend a lot of money to have a great-looking website. You just need the right tool and basic tips in order to create your own site. If web designing is not your specialty and you are wondering how and where to start, then these tips and ideas can help you from making some common mistakes.
How to design a website: The basics
Are you ready to learn the basics of web designing even if you’re not a website designer? Keep this three basic steps in mind:
- Secure strong hosting.
- Choose a website building tool.
- Adding content.
Now, let’s look at each step in detail.
1. Secure powerful hosting
Before you create a website, you first need to determine where to put the site that you are going to build – this place is called website hosting.
Aside from that, you also need a domain name or the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) – it contains the name of the protocol to be used so that people can visit or access your site.
There are literally hundreds of options for website hosting, but you’ll want to make sure that whatever hosting service you choose does a good job of covering these bases:
Reliability: What’s the hosting provider’s uptime guarantee?
Storage: Large e-commerce websites need more and bigger storage capacity. You need to check how much space does your website need for your files. If you are running a photography site you need to check for the bigger space because your photos and images will mostly eat up your storage.
Bandwidth: If you are expecting a heavy website traffic, make sure that your host and the hosting plan that you are getting includes having adequate bandwidth.
Scalability: Make sure that your hosting provider can scale your hosting services when your traffic spikes or else, it will crash your site.
Security: Check for the security features that are included in a hosting plan such as 24/7 monitoring and protection against DDoS attacks.
Support: To get a great technical support that you will need in case that you will encounter any problem, choose a company that is trusted, well-known and has a good reputation established in the business.
2. Choose a website building tool
After your hosting and domain name are all set, now is the time to determine how are you going to design your website that is not only good to look at but also can use and manage easily.
A little planning ahead, in the beginning, will make it easier to keep an up-to-date, functional site without draining large amounts of your time.
All-in-one website builder
If you have a little to no technical knowledge about making a website, you may want to consider a builder to help you build your website quickly.
You can use GoDaddy’s GoCentral. It has an intuitive and swipe-to-style interface to help you add text and images, change the color schemes easily and smoothly and even set up product pages if you are planning to sell online.
The GoCentral website builder also features responsive mobile design, and most plans include PayPal integration, SSL, and built-in email marketing and search engine optimization tools. Hosting and domain are also included in the monthly fee.
There are many similar such website building tools out there, any will do, but the main thing is that you can edit the theme you select easily and quickly. In the old days, it took a lot of work to get a website up and running properly. These days, framework platforms such as WordPress has made it a simple task.
Speaking of WordPress…
Customizing a website may require you a bit more time. So if you’ve got a bit extra time and you want to customize your site based on your liking then you might want to consider using a content management system (CMS) like WordPress.
A CMS will let you edit and change how your site looks and update the content (text, images, etc) on your website without having to worry about HTML coding or any advanced design principles.
You simply input what you want to showcase, and the CMS takes care of the rest for you. What’s best here is that there are thousands of WordPress users, tutorials, and support teams to help you if you have any questions in mind.
If you will utilize GoDaddy’s WordPress Websites, there is a Quick Start Wizard that will help you get your WordPress site up fast. The Quick Start Wizard will gather all your basic info about your business and then use this data to help you choose a theme and populate content on your site.
Wealthy Affiliate also has such a tool and within 30 seconds you can be up and ready to edit the site to make it unique to your particular needs…
3. Adding content
You’re almost there! After you’ve picked what website building platform are you going to use, it is time to add content. The type of content that you will put on your site will depend on you or on your chosen niche. Basically here are the five core pages that you should be looking:
The Home Page is where you have to put all the top things your visitors need to know to help them decide if they are going to make a business with you or not. Tip: Create a brief but very powerful intro about who you are and what do you have to offer. Don’t forget to add some images and visuals to get their attention.
- Tagline: A short sentence to describe your business.
- Call-to-action: something catchy or the most important thing you want the visitor to do before they leave your site.
- Primary contact information: Include one main way for customers to get in touch with you.
- Products/services: Add a one or more of your featured products or services with a link to a dedicated Product/Services page to learn more.
- Sign-up form: Make it easy for visitors to leave their information.
- Testimonial / Trust badge: A customer testimonial will help you to start earning trust or a trust badge.
Products / Services page
This page is where you will put and distribute your products or services. Adds some compelling images and a good description, if possible, include a video. It depends on you and your kind of business but you may also add your pricing information, payment options, shipping info and your return policy.
The About Page is dedicated to you to tell your story. You can also include photos, images or videos of yourself or your team members, a short biography, any company or product awards if you have and a featured testimonial from a customer.
Testimonials from satisfied customers will boost confidence and can help you to attract more customers.
Contact page is where your contact information and contact methods for contacting you like phone number, email address, mailing address can be seen so your customers can communicate with you more privately. If you’ve got a physical location, embed a map.
So there you have it! If you have any questions, please ask in the comment section below and I will get back to you ASAP! Have fun and best of luck!
I believe in ALL of you!
Dave : )