Sometimes it’s out of your budget to hire a professional website designer. Sometimes you need to take a shot at building your own website. Here is my general advice about how you can build a professional looking website yourself.
The top section of a website that typically includes the website’s logo, navigation menu, and sometimes a search bar.
The main section of a website where the content is displayed. This section can include text, images, videos, and other media.
A narrow column on the side of a website that can be used to display additional information or navigation links.
A set of links that allow users to navigate to different pages on the website.
The main focus of a website, which can include text, images, videos, and other media.
A button or link that encourages users to take a specific action, such as signing up for a newsletter or purchasing a product.
A section on a website that allows users to input information, such as a contact form or a sign-up form.
Icons that link to the website’s social media profiles.
A feature that allows users to search for specific content on the website.
The main landing page that introduces the website and its purpose.
Provides information about the company or organization behind the website.
Includes contact information such as phone number, email address, and physical address.
Showcases the products or services offered by the website.
Displays feedback from customers or clients about the website’s offerings.
Features articles or posts on topics related to the website’s niche.
Answers frequently asked questions about the website, its products or services, and other related information.
Outlines how the website collects, uses, and protects user data.
Sets out the legal terms governing the use of the website and its services.
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Website design is crucial to the success of any business or personal project. Without a well-designed website, customers and clients won’t be able to find you on Google or behave how you want them to once they find your website.
Having a solid digital marketing strategy is great, but if you get traffic to your website and your audience doesn’t like what they see, those advertising dollars and efforts will be wasted.
I have been designing websites since 2006. I started with a blog on WordPress to showcase my garden online. Through the years I have honed my website building skills as a small business owner, a SEO marketer for a multi-million dollar ecommerce company, and as a marketing consultant. For the past seven years I have been consulting on website design for hundreds of clients through America’s Small Business Development Center program.
The websites I design are all mobile-responsive, meaning they look great on any device from a desktop computer to a tiny mobile phone. With the majority of internet users moving to mobile devices for browsing, this is crucial for engaging your audiences.
I also provide search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is the process of optimizing your website for the keywords you want your customers to find you with while searching Google. SEO gives your business a leg up on the competition by making sure your customers can find you ranking in the top search results on Google.