Published by Andrew Noll at February 22, 2016
You have a big idea. One that you can turn into an exciting website that makes money, or shares your passion and allows you to express yourself. Maybe you just want people to be able to find you and understand your personal brand. Whatever your motivations, keep reading to learn if you should start a website and how to share your idea with the world.
CommitmentBefore you start a website, you should be committed to maintaining it and creating new content. Creating a quality website doesn’t happen overnight, but it helps to fully commit to keeping in touch with your content creator.
Make a schedule or routine to keep posting content regularly. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend hours creating multiple blog posts everyday, or work full-time on your website. However, it’s definitely advantageous to update your site regularly as it impacts your website’s Search Engine Optimization, which increases traffic to your site simply by appearing higher on search engine results.
Establish Your IdeaBefore you jump in and create a new website, make sure you develop your idea in full and truly understand what you want. You can do this by thinking from the perspective of your target audience. What are they looking for? How will you provide it to them?
Next, plan out some basic essential elements of your website. These include social media functions, menu titles, web security, color scheme, ease of maneuverability, type of font, etc. Regardless of whether you are creating the website yourself or through a third party, having a clear vision is the fastest and easiest way to a finished product.
Develop a Content PlanWhile nice graphics can quickly capture interest in your site, the content is what will keep them coming back. Establish your priorities according to your product and your audience: are you building a site for yourself or for others? Does it need to establish a brand or a sense of industry credibility? If so, it can be helpful to research similar companies and draw ideas from successful competitors. Your content plan can also include a list of possible add-ons for your website to keep things fresh.
Evaluate Your CapabilitiesBefore you dive into creating your site, make sure you have the right capabilities to create the content you want. Are you planning to develop it yourself using coding or a site such as Wix or WordPress? If you are using WordPress, is it internally or externally hosted?
Consider Outsourcing Your Site’s DevelopmentIf you don’t have the skills to be presentable to others, then find someone who does. For instance, we can create a beautiful website for you with mobile functionality and social media integration that is search engine optimized. Get a quote here.
In a NutshellIn short, you need a fully formed idea before committing to building a website. If it feels right and it’s something you want to do, decide how you will create the site and who will maintain the content. Remember to evaluate whether this is the right time to create a site and if you will be providing a product or service, that you have all capabilities ready for action.
Now what? Get ready to learn how to get customers and generate site traffic.
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