I’m the kind of person that wants to be able to do everything myself – especially the things that I want to update on a regular basis. When it came time to put together a business website, I wanted to handle the design, layout, and content on my own. I am not a web designer, and my experience with code goes back to the time of Angelfire and Geocities (yes, I was born in the 80’s).
I’ve had my domain for 20 months. I threw together some content and put the site up and occasionally would add content or adjust the layout – I was serious about it but didn’t have a complete grasp on WordPress or the controls built into my theme. I’ve learned a lot over the past few months and I buckled down in December and made my website redesign a priority.
Here are a few things I learned:
If you don’t want to go through all this, there are lots of options out there. You should be able to find local marketing companies that offer web design services. They can help with your SEO, keywords, and all of that stuff that I’m still learning. There is a tradeoff with time and money here – and maybe it works better to have a site built by professionals if you can swing it, but as a photographer with a very small budget, putting it together myself was the best option. I had complete creative control – within my knowledge base of HTML, CSS, WordPress and the style of my website theme – and I am left with a feeling of empowerment. This was a rewarding endeavor – and as I learn new things, I’ll share them with you.
Here are some great sites if you’d like to attempt this yourself:
1&1 – Domain names & web hosting: https://www.1and1.com/
WordPress – Makes website building a breeze: https://wordpress.com/
ThemeForest – Thousands of website themes to choose from: https://themeforest.net/
W3Schools – An excellent resource for learning code: http://www.w3schools.com/
CSS Tricks – Helpful blog and code snippets: https://css-tricks.com/