How to design a website when you’re not a website designer
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Building your own website appears to be easier than ever these days. This 8-step method is ideal for freelancers, but it can also be used by anyone who needs a website for their business, side hustle, products, or anything else.
1: Decide on your position
You must first determine how you want to position yourself to potential clients before even considering the design of your website.
2: Create your content
Begin answering the following questions first:
- What information do your clients require about you?
- What do you want to say to your customers?
- What content is critical for reinforcing your message?
3: Layout your content
To create a clean layout for your website, you don’t need to be a UX or graphic designer. If you don’t have Keynote, PowerPoint, or even Google Slides is all you’ll need.
4: Create a copy
You can begin working on the copy for each content block after your layout is more finalised. Even if you change it later, writing the copy first will give you a very clear picture of what you need, so you don’t buy a template that’s made for selling items instead of a template that’ll help you sell yourself.
5: Select the appropriate photos
Look for photographs that are openly available and authentic, and that reflect the vibe of your company and the product or service you’re delivering.
6: Choose a website template, a name, and a hosting service.
You’ll be able to choose the correct theme and hosting service for your content and copy if you have your layout and copy locked down. If you’ve never constructed a website before, a service like WordPress or Wix can be a good place to start.
7: Download and install demo content
Regardless of whether you used Squarespace, Wix, WordPress, or another service, there should always be instructions on how to install the demo material, so make sure you do that first. After you’ve installed the demo material, you may begin personalising it.
8: Begin personalising.
Use the keynote layout and Google Docs (along with all of your writing) as a starting point for setting out your content.