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10 Things Beginners Must Know Before Building Their Own Website

10 Things Beginners Must Know Before Building Their Own Website

Building your own website can be a very testing ordeal. The majority of people opt to have websites built for them, or jump onto already-built websites and have to share code. However, there are a lot of benefits to building and owning your own website. These include owning your own code, having as much creative input as you like, and improving your own ability to write code. This isn’t an easy process, however, and that’s why we’re here to tell you 10 things beginners must know before building their own website.

Have a Clear Goal

Every website is different and every one serves a different purpose, which is why you need to set a goal when you first begin building yours and proceed to build it around that goal. Not having a clear goal will only cost you precious time and money, and will have a detrimental impact on the overall result.

State What Your Website Is About Clearly and Quickly

No one visiting a website wants to be drawn into long winding passages about what the website contains. They’ll simply get bored and leave. Make sure you are quick and to the point in order to keep your audience engaged.

Write Your Own Content

As the website owner, you know better than anyone what your site’s message is and what you want it to contain. Even if you plan on hiring other workers at a later stage, you should be the one to write the basic code and messages for your website. This will allow you to get across to your readers better.

Tell Readers What You Can Do for Them

The whole reason people visit websites is for some kind of help or assistance, so telling people straightaway what you can do for them is vital in keeping their attention. Address their needs and pain points and clearly explain how your company can satisfy them.

Take Inspiration From Other Websites

If you’re struggling with how you want your website to look or what you want to write, look at other websites you like and take their advice on board. Hopefully you’ll have an inspired moment.

Choose a Reliable Website Host

This is an important step to make sure your website remains secure and safe to use. WordPress is a good example, but look into other hosts that will suit your website’s needs.

Consider Future Growth

If you expect your website to grow quickly, don’t use a platform that can only handle small websites. Look to the future.

Add Photos of You and Your Team

People often forget there are real people behind the making of websites, so adding photos will humanize your site and make people more likely to keep surfing it.

Add Contact Information

Your customers will always want a way to contact the people who work at your website, so make sure they have the means necessary to do so.

Make Text Easy to Read

This may seem like a trivial step, but website designers are often too fancy and end up making their website unreadable. Keep it simple unless you have reason not to.

You can check out more tips on building your own website at MangoMatter Media.

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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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