There’s a whole lot more to building a website than three easy steps.
Okay, we get that, so how do you build a website?
The Three Main Elements of a Website
Open Clean Design
Drag & Drop Builder
When you need a website you need it to work right now.
The problem with a website is that it’s not so simple as it sounds. The process can be intimidating. I know it was for me when I started out wanting a website. The invention of a website is incredible because the code works in the background and you’re working on the front end. But you still have to know how to operate the software of the Website.
My Website Journey
My very first Website was built by a friend. It was a stunning Website, but I didn’t know how to operate it. You can’t always depend on someone else to do things for you. I jumped on the Internet and came across a well-designed Website that made sense.
I contacted the designer. The designer responded politely to my naive question; he didn’t do websites for individuals only for corporations. What I didn’t know; I had only contacted the top design agency in New York. I’m sure he had a good laugh over my dilemma. My question told him how much I didn’t know.
With the sting of embarrassment still burning inside, I went off to find out about website software and how it works. I found Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. WordPress was the only software you could use without having to know how to code.
My first WordPress Theme cost $69, with one year free tech support plus hosting fees. Every year I had to buy another theme and redo my website. WordPress would update regularly but the Hosting Company servers wouldn’t let me update to the latest version of WordPress. This meant my website was outdated and at risk of being hacked.
What To Do?
I wanted a WordPress Theme that didn’t require me to redo my website. I also wanted to be able to change the layout of the page instead of only two choices.
By this time I knew how WordPress works, still without using code. The coding part of WordPress is the developer’s job. I decided I didn’t want to be a developer, just a user. A website is the artistry of the developer, the designer, and the user.
My search led me to a designer who understands the Website experience from the user’s perspective. These were the Themes built by Nick Roach, the lead designer of Elegant Themes design team.
First I used the Chameleon theme, then the Glider, then the Vertex… and then there was the Divi Theme. Now I have flexibility, on page editing, responsive editing and can style my website without having to change the theme. And I still don’t know how to code.
An Elegant Find
I’ve used Elegant Themes services since 2011.
I started out as an individual member. As I built my websites I had excellent tech support at no extra charge.
Today, I am a lifetime member and an affiliate with Elegant Themes. I use the Divi Theme for my websites and client websites. Divi is so efficient I have no need for any other theme. Recently the Divi Theme added a Theme Builder section. This means you can actually build your own unique Theme using Divi.
So, you have questions…
Can I create a website without knowing code?
When you know how Websites work no one can take advantage of you.
How Much Do You Charge?
There are so many Themes and Websites, it’s easy to get a cheap Theme.
If you contact me you get a personal service. Someone who shows you how to design your own site, and operate it.
I have worked with WordPress since 2008. It is user friendly and fun to use… when you know how.
I believe you should never pay too much, or too little, and never for free.
What About the Content in the Website?
Building a Website is a more of a personal journey than anything else. The process will refine what you bring to the marketplace as a professional industry, service, and as an individual. To do this you need someone to listen to your ideas, and help you implement them. You know what’s best for your business or service.
When you write and design in real time using the Divi Theme you’ll know what kind of content to put into the module. Sometimes your Website just needs an update. Adjusting the content and using one of the premade layouts gives you the inspiration to move forward with your idea.
What If I Don't Know What A Module Is?
Can I Use This Theme With WordPress.com?
WordPress.com is a free blogging platform with many choices of Themes, but not the Divi Theme.
Think about these things first:
- Do you have a domain name?
- Take your time deciding on a name for your Website. You must do a search to make sure someone else isn’t using the name.
- Don’t choose a domain similar to another name; this is trademark infringement.
- Your website needs a reputable hosting company; not a free platform.
- Look at pricing plans first before you jump into their crazy $1.00 a month offer to host your website.
- Hosting companies are in the businesses of hosting.
- Get over the word free; it means upgrade and pay.
This is what you don’t want:
- A Website someone built for you, but you don’t understand how to operate the site.
- A turnkey website with in-house systems charging a high monthly fee plus extra for technical support.
- A Website you can’t update when WordPress software updates a security patch.
- A single use Theme, meaning you can only use the Theme on one Website.
- Paying monthly fees for technology you don’t need.
When we work together on your website, you’ll get the information you need to know how your Website works. Once you know… there’s no stopping you. I’ll also be around for a while to answer questions.