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In order to do any kind of business online, you will want to have a website however building your first website can feel a bit overwhelming right? After all, there are so many choices.. do I need a specific site to create a blog or to sell my products? So here are a few tips on how to build your first ever website.
Determine your website’s purpose
Why do you want to create a website? What are you going to do on it? What do you want it to do and how are you going to make money? This is important because some website themes, templates and platforms are more effective for certain business models.
Choose your platform
Once you know what you want to accomplish with your website, it’s time to choose your website platform. I will always head to and recommend WordPress purely for ease. It has everything I could ever want in a website for me personally but there are a number of options.
There are online courses and books to show you how to use every program out there. It might take you some time to build your website; however, with time you will be able to DIY for sure.
Website templates within WordPress, for example, are often customizable and are a pretty quick and easy way to get a website up. If you want to learn more about website design, CSS and more then there is nothing stopping you once you get the basics set up.
You can also use site building services that offer wizards and templates to help you customize a website for your business like Wix and Weebly.
But if this just seems like too much, you can design your website with a pencil and paper and then hire someone to create it!
Navigation and format
Before you create your website or hire someone to do it for you, you’ll want to draft your website on paper. Decide exactly what pages you want your website to have.
How are people going to find what they need? How will they navigate your website? What categories or buttons will you have? How will you share your information and how will you promote your products or services? Figuring all of this out before you begin creating your website will help ensure it is a success.
Creating your first website is a strategic process. However, much of the work will be done on paper as you plan the purpose and layout of your website.
Once you know exactly what you’re creating, you can find the best tools to create your site and make it a reality and don’t forget having a website is not the end as far as promotion is concerned. You will also need to SEO your site and perhaps consider adding a blog too to help you rank higher on Google.