5 Tips for Beginners to Create a Website for Your Online Business
Are you looking to get started creating a website for your online business?
You know you need to show up online, but maybe the parts of actually getting your ideas out of your head and onto the screen in front of you is a little overwhelming. I know it was for me!
I’ve created more websites for my online businesses than I even want to count (okay, maybe around 8 if we’re including re-designs…?). I’ve created then tweaked, then rehashed, then updated countless times over the past few years.
But I wasn’t always good (or even decent) at the tech stuff.
My husband helped me create my very first website while telling me exactly what to do over my shoulder – click by painstaking click (and yes, he was pulling his hair out every night we worked side by side like this). I know how lucky I was that he was a web developer by trade at the time. He taught me the basics and I learned how to research the heck out of everything else along the way.
Over time, I learned a lot about not just creating websites, but about being a beginner creating websites. And I want to share with you five beginner tips for creating a website for your online business today.
1. Don’t overcomplicate your new website.
You only need to have a few key pages for your online business website. I talk about them in depth here, but the main takeaway is that the more you try to add to your new website, the more work you create.
The more work you create at the beginning, the less likely you are to share your work with the world quickly. And that means it will take you longer to get your message out, and probably sales to come in. So keep it simple, stick to a few key pages – and you can always add and modify from there as you move forward.
2. Done is better than perfect.
This is something I’m guilty of all the time and have to remind myself of this mantra constantly. The truth is that there will ALWAYS be ways for you to improve your website – even your very first one.
The best thing for you to do is get over your perfectionism now, launch that beautiful website as version one, and commit to upgrading it over time as your business evolves. Repeat after me… “done is better than perfect!”
3. It’s okay to use a template / super easy customizable premium theme.
While I personally use the Divi theme from Elegant Themes, I didn’t start with a WordPress theme with so many options for customization. In my upcoming course, Website in a Week, I’ll walk you through how to use Divi simply and easily, but the truth is there are a million straight out of the box premium WordPress themes that don’t require even a slight learning curve.
If you are looking for something super straight-forward, don’t be afraid of these awesome premium theme options. A few of them are: Elegant Themes (not the Divi theme, but they have other premium themes as well), ThemeForest, ThemeFuse, SoloStream, and StudioPress.
4. Do the planning first, the research second, and the execution third.
This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way over and over. Instead of knowing what I want on each page of my website, I’d go in and start tweaking things and just filling in boxes with what was already in the theme options. What happens when you don’t plan your page designs out first is that you might wind up purchasing a premium WordPress theme that doesn’t have the style or design options that you’re looking to achieve. And that can be a big bummer after you’ve already spent the money on a theme that you realize doesn’t suit your vision for your website.
So spend a little time mapping out on a piece of paper what you want your main pages to look like (either from your own mind or by referencing other people’s sites as inspiration) first. Then you can go out and look for a premium WordPress theme that will have the design and style options you’re after. Once you do that, then you can start doing the work to make the site exactly as you want it. This way you’re happy the first time through and save so much time over the long term.
5. Don’t get caught up in the little details.
This goes right along with my “done is better than perfect” mantra, but deserves it’s own note by itself. The little details that pop up while you’re creating a new website like the spacing between lines or the fonts all being perfect are just small little things that can (and will, if you let them!) push you out from getting your message out to the world.
Now I’m not saying put just any old thing out there and start sharing it out, but I am saying that there are often things on any website that need improvements that only YOU will notice. Trust me, there are not enough hours in a day to make sure every single thing is perfect – unless you’re hiring that part of your business out.
The truth is no one notices or cares if every single detail is tidied up. You can make a list of the niggly little items that drive you nuts and vow to come back to them at a later time. But please please please don’t allow the tiny details to stop you from sharing your message with the world or moving forward.
I’d love to invite you to check out my course Website in a Week where I’ll walk you through the exact steps of creating your own website from scratch. If you’ve taken a course from me before, you know that I’m all about getting from Point A to Point B. I don’t add extra steps to make it more complicated – I believe in simplicity and the shortest possible path to DONE. And with efficiency in mind – nobody’s got time to waste!
If you’re interested in learning how to create a website for your online business or blog in short easy-to-follow and execute steps in just 7 days (including what to do after you purchase your domain to get a beautiful website set up), be sure to check out my course, Website in a Week by clicking on the image below.
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