There are tons of tools out there to help you create your own website. Here are a few things to think about before you tackle the project.
Do you like putzy activities? You know, like jigsaw puzzles, building model airplanes or decorating cupcakes? Building a website is pretty much like that. The devil’s in the details and there are plenty of details in building a website.
Are you a perfectionist? Not that you don’t deserve a really perfect website, but working in digital is frustrating for those who are accustomed to working with material. For example, I was a print designer prior to working on websites. O, the frustration with trying to line things up! Good thing computers were bigger back then because mine would have been tossed out the window at least once a day. If you want HTML (the language behind websites) to obey you, it won’t.
Are you comfortable working on a computer? Most website creation software uses templates. You drag and drop items into the template so being handy with the mouse saves on frustration. Meanwhile, keyboard shortcuts are almost essential. For example, copy and paste may save a ton of time. The ability to select several items at once is really handy. Knowing how to single-space lines of type and creating bullet points also helps.
It’s also much easier if you understand the file system on your computer, where you store your files and how to get to them. For instance, if you want to include a photo gallery on your site, you’ll need to find the pictures on your computer. Sometimes this takes more time than building the whole site!
And, this is probably the most important question:
Do you have time? Learning a new skill is really rewarding and often something you can continue to use. But, you’re probably not going to be building a lot of websites in the future. And if/when you do, it’s very likely the required skill set will have changed.
There’s one other thing I want to mention. While the design of your site is really important, it’s the writing on your site that gives it better placement when people search for your business. So, you may be better off spending your time writing about your product/service than designing a package to put it in.
If you do decide to give web design a whirl, you know I’m always here with help and advice.