“A website will take a minimum of 14 weeks from start to launch… This includes 3 weeks discovery, 6 weeks design, 3 weeks initial development and 2 weeks modification.”
I will show you how to build a website online that will NOT take you 14 weeks !
If you are anything like me, I want to get on with the job and get it up and running as soon as I can. Once I have the niche idea, I want to be able to get on with it as soon as I can. Whilst I don’t want to take anything from web designers that spend these 14 weeks writing code to build a unique website, I can’t do this. I don’t know code, and really don’t want to spend the time learning it. I have other skills that I enjoy using on my websites.
But first of all, what sort of time frame do you have? and what do you define as a website?
For me, I would say, I want the site up and ready to rock and roll within a few minutes and my definition of a website is, one that is hosted, backend set up and ready to receive posts etc. With a WORDPRESS website, this is totally possible. All my websites, including this one, is through wordpress with no coding required. I do know a little code, stuff that I have picked up along the way, to alter the look or add in a certain function. This is not required, as there are so many wordpress website themes available that offer so much functionality you can add a unique touch to your website.
This is only a minute percentage of free themes to choose from when your website gets built.
Whilst free themes tend to be lighter on functions, it gives you a good idea of what you want, without getting overwhelmed straight off. I started out with the magazine theme lite which was ideal.
It got me used to the main features of the theme and once I had everything where I wanted it and started writing posts, I upgraded to the full theme, the changeover was seamless. Everything moved over without distortion or loss of material.
Many think that for ‘serious projects’ you should get a specialist, have a huge budgetand lots of ‘features’ but who has that when they’re starting out? I didnt, and really wanted to get going as soon as I could. This is a way of doing that.
Where To Start
The priorities of a new website are to get the foundations set so that moving forward you have a great basis to start filling your website.
Basic tasks such as:-
Familiarise yourself with the back end of WordPress.
Install an all in one SEO plugin – this will show you what is needed on each post/page to optimise it for the internet.
Post your disclaimer.
Write ‘About Me’ page.
Once the priorities are up and running and your confidence is increasing, now is the time to add in details that will make your website stand out. These are things that happen along the way, as you build out your website with articles and posts, merchanise (if you are ecommerce) and review articles.
Tasks such as :-
Choose a logo – either get one made or design it yourself.
Decide on your branding – colours/fonts/styles. Important to have this from the start.
Write a template for all your blogs/ reviews so they conform to your brand style.
Start researching plugins that will offer added features to your website – a table of contents that pulls out all your headings and brings the reader directly to that section of your article.
If you would like to read more that will help you, Ive put some links here to articles I have written about starting a website.
Help With Your Website
If you want more than just working on your website alone, you can try Wealthy Affiliate, a platform for beginners to websites, whether theyre for affilate marketing or ecommerce. The platform is full of information in courses, webinars, live chat, classes, blogs… so much to help the starter and the entrepreneur !