Have you ever considered getting a website? It may have been as a result of you wanting to start out a blog, business site or just a portfolio that showcases your work. If you haven’t, then you need to start thinking about it now. For those who have, you are not alone. More people and businesses are scrambling to get online in order for them to remain competitive.
However, due to the fact that most people do not know how to code, their first option is usually to hire an agency that does all the work for them. This can be very costly, especially for businesses that are starting out. As a result, most businesses usually find themselves in a quagmire of sorts where they’ll be damned if they don’t get online and also damned if they do (due to the expensive nature of it).
What Other Solutions Are There?
Build your own website. It sounds complicated at first; however, the opposite is quite true. Building your own website is pretty simple nowadays. It does not involve a lot of complicated tasks (or code) but just a basic elementary understanding of how sites work. Technology advancements have made it easier for people to build their own sites without requiring them to write a single line of code. You don’t even need to know about how hosts/servers work or how to manage them. Furthermore, it helps you save a lot of money.
Building Your Own Site
There are several tools that have emerged over the past few years which have simplified site creation. They have been created in such a way that you just have to use your mouse to drag images, blocks of text, slideshows and videos onto your website and then publish them. However, apart from a website builder, you also need other items before you can start your own website. These include;
- domain name,
- business address,
- your logo and
- a website template
Domain Name and Business Address
Generally, you can obtain a domain name and a business address from website building tools over and above the web hosting space on their servers. You can also buy domain names from registrars such as GoDaddy and have them integrated with your site from the web creating tool. However, you don’t need to go through the whole process of purchasing domain names from registrars. Nowadays, web creating tools have simplified the whole process by offering a whole package that includes domain names, business addresses and hosting fees as well. Some even go the extra mile of giving you free custom domain names if you sign up for their premium plans.
The beauty of this is that you get to have all the resources that you need in one place thereby allowing you to concentrate on creating content and growing your website.
If you get to choose a site that does not offer email services there are other options that you can also consider such as Google’s G Suite email services which come with the friendly Gmail interface for just a few dollars per month.
Website Template Design
Once you’ve obtained your domain name and business address the next part will be to design the site’s look. It’s quite obvious that site developers usually want their sites to be attractive to end users. Therefore, site building tools provide a number of templates, both free and premium, which you can choose from. These templates allow you to select the best design that relates well with the overall content of your site. Generally, your workflow in building your website will be;
- Select the template you want
- Edit the contents of the template using the drag and drop tool
- Incorporate your site logo and you’ll be good to go.
It is also advisable that you always post high quality images that complement the site’s design. This will go a long way in making your website look highly professional.
Advanced Website Builders
If you have the time and are more willing to learn more on the intricate details of how websites work, then it’s best to choose website builders with tons of advanced functionalities, such as WordPress. These site builders allow both drag and drop site building and coding. A general rule of rubric is that the more advanced the site builder is, the higher the learning curve and the more functionalities you can add to your site.
Hopefully, you’ve learnt that it is quite easy to build your own website and anyone with the right tools can be able to create a professionally looking site without writing a single line of code.