How to build a website when you’re not a developerMunira Rangwala
Have you been wanting to make a website for your business but don't have the funds to hire a website developer? If the answer is yes, you are sure to find this article very useful. There are many freelance individuals and small business owners who need a website to propel their business forward. However, for someone with no knowledge in the field of website development and design, this can seem like an incredible task. Don't let frustration get the better of you just yet. Here's a five-step guide for anyone who needs a website for their business.
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Get your content ready
It is tempting to start looking at themes and templates the moment you decide to design your website, but that shouldn't be the first step. Start by establishing what you want to convey to your audience through your website. Once you know what purpose your website is going to accomplish, pen down the content for it. Your content should clearly convey to your clients what you do as well as your past work and experiences.
Give your content a proper layout
You don't need to be a visual or UX designer to create a clean layout for the content on your website. You simply need to have working knowledge of PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides. Your website layout needs to include your web pages, navigation and the content on your pages.
Select appropriate images
The images you display on your website will be the deciding factor for how long your users will linger on your website. It is for this reason that you need to take your time to find captivating high-quality images that complement your website content flawlessly. There are several websites available online that allow you to download exquisite images for free to go with whatever vibe you're trying to create on your website.
Choose your website template, domain and hosting service
Once you have your content, layout and images finalized, you need to select the right theme and hosting service. If your website is copy-heavy, choose a template that focuses on your visuals. If you're fluent in the workings of WordPress, you can use it to customize your theme. But if you're not, it is best to stick to services like Wix or Squarespace.
Get your website ready for the world to see
Go back to your Keynote or Google Slides and use it as a guide to begin laying out your content. Start by creating the navigation and move on to the pages and content blocks later. You might find it challenging to learn the nuances of your theme, but continue tinkering with it and it will become easier overtime.
Website development and designing is an essential skill in today's age as your client is probably looking for your presence online. Follow the above mentioned guide step-by-step and you'll have your website up and running in no time.