Starting a Website or Blog? Here are Things You Should Know
Are you starting a website or blog? Or are trying to further establish a current one? Creating and maintaining a website may seem like an easy process, but there are a lot of factors to consider. Whether you are just starting or looking to improve your current website, we’ve got you. Here are some things you should know if you are starting a website or blog!
Outline Your Ideas and Brand Before Starting
It is important to have an overall view of how you want to set up your website and brand.
There are many parts to a website and the process becomes easier when you have outlined your vision. Start a document of each page and what kind of info/ layouts you would like on those pages. It is also important to keep in mind taglines, logos, colors, and other info that relates to your brand in a visual way. Getting a jump start on your vision for the website will speed up the process of building your website.
Purchase a Theme
Themes are a great way to get established websites that you can fully customize to fit your vision.
Purchasing themes for your website host is easier than ever with Etsy and other platforms. If you are using WordPress, purchasing themes and downloading them can only work with WordPress.org (read about .com and .org further down in the article). Purchasing themes is a cheap way to get the look you want for your website if you don’t like the available templates that website builder platforms offers. But, it is very important to make sure your theme works with your website builder before purchasing, but most of the time this is outlined in the product description. If you want less stress when building your website, find highly rated themes first and then start customizing.
Have a Professional Looking/Working Website
Having a professional looking and working website is extremely important when keeping the attention of the viewers who visit your website or blog.
Keeping this in mind in the beginning phases of building your website will take off future stress of having to rebuild and update your website. We knew that Feminlist.com had to be a professional looking website because of the services we offer. Throughout the entire process we kept this in mind because we wanted a website that people could trust and keep coming back to. Running a professional website isn’t easy. In fact, there are many working parts that make up a professional website including all visual aspects, website speeds, support, security, and easy navigation to other pages of the website.
Get a Highly Rated Domain and Website Host
When you are searching for a domain host, you should look for a company that offers live chat and support.
This is extremely important to keep in mind, especially if things go wrong with your domain or website and you need a quick fix. As a blogger, your physical business is your website which means that errors can quickly impact your business and any viewers who find your website.
Feminlist.com started with NameHero, and we quickly moved to Siteground to increase website speeds. The transfer from one host to another was a semi-difficult process, but with Siteground’s live support chat, they made it an easier process. We highly recommend Siteground because they are amazing to work with, especially when there are huge website issues that you may come across. Do your research and find a website host that will quickly answer all of your questions and fit all your needs as an online business.
Firewall and Website Speeds
Depending on what services your website offers, you should highly consider purchasing a strong and trustable firewall.
This is the best way to have a secure website, especially if you are handling people’s payments, addresses, and other important information that can easily be hacked. Many website builders offer free versions of firewalls, but for extra security you can upgrade your current plan or purchase a firewall from a highly trusted website firewall platform. Website loading and page speeds are ideal for keeping the attention of your clients. If your website loads too slowly, you can quickly lose website viewers and they may not return.
If You Have the Money, Hire a Developer
If you have the money to hire a website developer, you could save yourself the pain of having to fully fix your website or hire someone later on.
Designing and building a website can be stressful, especially if it is a fairly complex website. Website builders such as WordPress.com, Wix, Squarespace, and other website platforms may offer support if you have questions. If you are building your website on your own, this is where it can become super tricky and confusing. We hired a website developer to help us design and build Feminlist.com because it was a very complex website with lots of little details. If you have the money to hire a website developer, you could save yourself the pain of having to fully fix your website or hire someone later on. It may seem expensive and unnecessary at first, but depending on how much time you spend building your website in the beginning, hiring a developer may prove to be more beneficial for your website.
Keep the Ideal Client/ Customer in Mind
Try to view your website from your ideal client’s perspective.
When you are creating or even updating the look of your website, keep your ideal client and customer in mind. You want your website to be easy to navigate from the header menu and the home page should be a glimpse of what you offer as a brand. How are you going to capture their attention when they land on any page of your website? You need to consider every single aspect of a website including all visual aspects on pages, SEO, spelling and grammar, working links, and always try to view your website from your ideal client’s perspective.
Keep in Mind the Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
If you are currently using WordPress or thinking about switching, there is a huge difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
There are many website building platforms out there. WordPress.com is a great beginning platform because they offer support and templates that can be used, but if you want the flexibility of creating your own website wordpress.org is the way to go. But keep in mind that wordpress.org doesn’t come with easy support because it is a better platform for developers and creators who want flexibility.
If you are wanting to purchase a theme you like that works with WordPress, you will have to use wordpress.org because it is a self hosted website building platform. If this is your first website you are building, choosing a website builder with free templates is probably the way to go. But if you want the freedom of creating a website that looks unique and fits your style, consider going with a self-hosted website builder.
Write Content that People Want to Read
Creating content that people want to read is one way that your blog and website will relate to your ideal clients.
People are always looking for ways to improve themselves and increase their knowledge on certain subjects, this gives you the opportunity to write relatable content. When writing content that people will find and read, it is extremely important to make sure there are no errors in your writing. Writing and blog posts that contain errors will quickly deter your audience from your website and is considered unprofessional, so you want your website to be a place that people trust and return to.
Running a Website/ Blog Isn’t Easy
With any website and blog, you need to be consistent with posting articles as well as updating the website for optimal user experience.
Running a website and blog may seem easy, but it is extremely difficult. Between running the front and back end of a website and creating all of the content, it is no wonder why some people make running their website a full-time job. At any time, your website may have issues and if your website is your physical business, it is important that it is working all of the time. With any website and blog, you need to be consistent with posting articles as well as updating the website for optimal user experience. Especially if your website is your whole business, there are many factors to consider to have a successful website.