Website Dilemma Solved

Website Dilemma Solved

Website Dilemma Solved

Without knowing code, it’s true, I built this website myself.

All you need is someone to show you how.

Open Clean Design

Less is more because you can.
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Drag & Drop Builder

Your vision of how you want it to look.

Fully Responsive

Adapts to every screen automatically.

How Things Evolved

The website dilemma started ten years ago. My 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 This meant my website was outdated and at risk of being hacked.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. When you find something this good you share it.

This Website is Built with the Divi Theme

If you need to change the layout of a page you can.

The drag and drop modules are already designed.

You can view how your website will look on a smartphone, a laptop, and a desktop as you work using the advanced Visual Builder.

Nothing as sophisticated as a well designed Website is “super easy,” or “super fast.”

Web Hosting Dilemma

The original hosting company did not offer sufficient memory to upgrade WordPress This is asking a hacker to break into your website.

Read this before you sign up for Website Hosting.

Website Dilemma

The outcome of my dilemma was learning to use WordPress and finding the Divi Theme.

I’ve used the Divi Theme for six years and have no need for another theme.

So, you have questions…

Can I Create A Website Without Knowing Code

Yes, you can. It used to be you couldn’t, today it’s possible. The code is automatically generated for you. In fact the less code you know the better. That’s when it becomes complex. The files of your website are in the Editor section. Everything should function without your having to add or delete anything. If there is a problem with your website, naturally the developers of this Theme will be glad to help, without extra charge.

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.

teaThe first thing we do is talk about what you need, and what is your budget.

I have worked with WordPress since 2008. It is user friendly and fun to use… when you know how.

I am an affiliate with Elegant Themes because I have been with them since 2012. Their Themes are constantly improving as is WordPress. If my Theme has to be updated, I press the Update Theme button without losing any design element throughout the site.

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?

Once you see what it looks like and what it does, you will be able to find it in the library. All you do is choose a module. This is a toggle module. You can edit the title of the module and save it to the Divi library to reuse.

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 fancy technology you don’t need.

If 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.

Don't Be Shy

Let’s talk about your website.

Website Hosting What You Must Know

Website Hosting What You Must Know

Website Hosting What You Must Know

Web Hosting Companies have different options. 

Web Hosting

To have a website live on the web you will need the services of a Web Hosting Company. There’s no shortage of companies to choose from.

In fact, you must research the different hosting options offered. This is an investment on your part. You’ll be paying a monthly rent and you want to make sure you’re investing in a good service.

Which is the best web hosting company? There isn’t one.

In general, Hosting Companies do an excellent job. After all they are in the business to host your website. You won’t find a Hosting Company that doesn’t want to be in business. The people who work on the backend of websites know how the infrastructure of websites. They are passionate about what they do and it shows in the excellent service they give to hosting your website.

The Hosting Company you choose depends on what kind of service you want for your website. Will you manage the website, or will someone manage it for you?

Self-Hosting (DIY)

You are hands on and will be logging into the back end of your Hosting Account and will adjust all the settings, set up email accounts and other maintenance required.

Managed Hosting

A webmaster manages the back end of your website for you. All you would do is manage the front end of your website from the WordPress Dashboard admin login.

What You Need Before Signing Up 

A Domain Name

You must own the Domain Name. Your Domain Name should not be confusingly similar to another one.

Sufficient Memory

A PHP 5.0 server is not sufficient memory for a website. Your website needs PHP 7.0+. Don’t settle for less memory.

Tech Support

Something will go wrong. You must be able to access tech support 24/7, without extra charges.

Servers

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WordPress Dashboard

Who Will Manage Your Website?

Self Managed

You loginto your your Web Hosting account and take care of your website on the back end with tech support only. 

SiteGround

Managed Hosting

Your website is managed for you. Hosting includes marketing and training to grow and scale your business.

WordSpaces

Read About WordPress

The most used software for websites

About Your Website

About Your Website

Your Website

Before you roll your eyes to the heavens and wonder how will you ever get it to be the way you want, you should stop and think about your website. What is the problem? Today you can find a readymade website and all you need to do is fill in the placeholders. It sounds good but in reality it doesn’t work. The website has to have a definite function. What do you want to do on the Web? Run a business, sell products, offer services, have a blog,write articles. 

A website won’t take form until you can identify what kind of website you want. If you have a website and you’re not satisfied then you still need to think about your website. What about your website doesn’t work? You’ll find in your answers a list of things, this is when you should consult with someone and get more information. Often it’s just a matter of knowing what can be done with a website and then implementing the right plugin or changing to a better theme to accommodate what you have in mind.

Choice of Theme

This is the most important decision before anything else is decided. The Theme must be one that has the flexibility to keep pace with technology and is regularly updated with sufficient documentation for support.

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Web Hosting

This is the second most important decision. A Hosting Company must offer sufficient memory, daily backups, updated servers, tech support and sufficient documentation.

Design

This is the third most important decision the style and theme of the website. The design of the website shouldn’t be expensive and should be able to be changed by you when you want.

Opposition

When you have decided what you want you’ll find nothing but opposition to your decision if you listen to advertising and free offers to get your website up and running in under an hour. This is the way to give yourself back all the problems you had in the first place. There is no such solution when it comes to a website. Nothing happens that fast if it is going to accommodate the vision you have about what you want to do on the web.

You’ll find smooth words of empty promise advertising resounding in your head as you search for the Theme, a Web Hosting Company and a Design for your website. Everything you read will be the opposite of the last article you just read. You’re on the receiving end of someone trying to persuade you they are right about your website. 

Knowing What You Want

How well do you know yourself? Do you want to have a unique brand or do you only see what someone else has done on their website and that’s what you want as well.

If you want an exact replica of what someone else’s website looks like, this is plagiarism and they can and will come fter you for copying their brand or specific look. Your website needs to be your own design. Unique to the kind of service you offer.

If your website is confusingly similar so that a consumer cannot tell the difference between your website and someone else’s brand then you may find yourself in a lawsuit. It is better not to copy anyone else’s style but to develop your own. 

The Cost Factor

This is a major consideration because the less you pay for a website, the more problems you will have going forward. If you buy into the low cost, or worse, the free deal, you’ll end up by spending more money. With technology; you get what you pay for. The key is to invest in the website and build it as your online service or business expands. 

 

Non-Tech Users

Non-Tech Users

Non Tech Users Build Websites

Without knowing code
Build Your Website

What Does Non Teach Mean?

There’s no such thing as a non-tech person today. Everyone is tech savvy in that they can figure out how something works. Even Grandma knows now. Anyone can read a tutorial, watch a YouTube video and get information about how something works.

In relation to websites:

  • The developer knows how to code
  • The designer modifies the style relative to the subject or theme
  • The user is on the receiving end of the expertise, and has the best time of all
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Who Is a Non-Tech User?

Everyone. You don’t have to be an ‘expert’ at something. 

My first website was with a software called Expression Web. After the tiresome restrictions of entering copy only within the HTML brackets, I decided there had to be a better way to enter content into a website.

Don’t think because I entered the text into the code brackets I know how to code. I just figured that out after looking at the content in the split screen view. It took too long to compose one paragraph, never mind a whole page of content.

The alternative for Non-Tech Users?

WordPress. You can use WordPress without knowing code. The whole key with websites is, you learn as you go along.

Using the Settings

From inside the WordPress Dashboard you manage your website and enable the Theme.

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Use the Help Menu

Built into the Divi Theme are video tutorials to show you exactly how to use the function.

Working with a Premade Layout

A Layout Pack comes built into the Divi Theme. Using a premade layout will help you put your content onto the page. You don’t only get one Layout Pack, there are 125+ layouts in the Divi Library. A new one is added each week.

When you see it you know it

How do you know when something looks good? You just do. The truth is we aren’t all designers, but we are able to use the Layout Pack and end up with a great looking website.

No one believed me when I told them I built my websites myself, they thought I hired a professional designer. I didn’t, I just used the Divi Theme.

Adding Your Content

You’ll also find inspiration because the way the Divi Layout Pack is styled makes sense. You’re now building your website yourself. Of course there is a learning curve, but that’s part of using technology anyway.

Premade Layouts

Choose a Layout that resonates with you.

Start by using one page and then return to the Divi Library to use the other pages from the layout pack.

The Visual Builder

One of the first of its kind to be introduced. You edit the content in the visual builder on the front end of the page. You’re seeing the content come onto the page as you write, or cut and paste content, or add an image.

On the right is the Image Module. Click on the placeholder image to add the image from the Media Library.

The Final Result

The whole experience of website building has changed. You’re in the position to build a website yourself. To build a website this way you must be someone who likes to do it yourself.

Doing it yourself will give you the foundational knowledge you need to grow your online business. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself you can buy a Child Theme. A Child Theme is built with a style sheet that would be difficult to change if you didn’t know basic code and CSS styling.

If you’re new to WordPress you might not be comfortable building an entire website. When I first started to use the Divi Theme I wasn’t a beginner, I had been using WordPress for seven years. The Divi Theme uses WordPress but you don’t even realize you’re using WordPress because it’s so easy to use.

Anytime you’re using something for the first time it isn’t familiar. After you’ve used it for a while, you’ll be surprised at yourself. You didn’t know you had it in you to buld your own website.

Still unsure you can do it?

This is why I started Website Consulting & Design in real time.

I’ll show you how Divi works and you’ll build your website.