How to Overcome Website Frustration: 3 Simple but Effective Steps
Building a new website is an exiting idea – you can just see the finished website. Your friends will be amazed and look to you like some kind of a design genius and the leads will come flying in!
Unfortunately that’s almost never the case. There are a few ways your new website build can go:
– You try to build you own website, and it turns into scrambled eggs.
– You try to write your own content, and you send yourself to sleep.
– You try to follow ‘advice’ and it looks weird and just doesn’t work.
But fear not! If you follow these 3 steps, you can have a great website without pulling your hair out (that blows your friends minds)
STEP 1 – Keep it simple
If you aren’t a coder, keep it simple and be prepared to compromise. What may seem like a simple thing to do, often is not so easy once you get started. Don’t try to add every bell and whistle to your site from the get go – you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated.
If you are a coder, try to hold yourself back – because most of the time, its the website design and copy that matters – not the extra code to make the background look like its snowing.
STEP 2 – Know your strengths and get help
You may have a design eye, you may be a great writer or you may know how to attract customers with your website. Chances are though – you aren’t great at all 3 (fun fact: nobody is!)
If you cant write – Find a friend or colleague that can write clearly, succinctly and without jargon.
If you cant design – Use a simple website builder with templates you like – don’t try to make too many changes because it will kill the flow of the website and send visitors back out the door. Ask your friends with a keen eye for design their thoughts, but remember… simple or struggle (its your choice)
STEP 3 – Don’t always use ‘the best XXXXX’
When people find out you’re building a website, you’re going to hear a LOT of opinions. “Use WordPress”, “Never use WordPress”, “I love Squarespace”, “use this form plugin”, “use this marketing tool” and on and on and on. The fact is, their are a thousand ways to build a website right, and a million ways to do it wrong.
Don’t invest too much time in investigating every plugin and option, because it will just slow you down. Remember step 1 – keep it simple!
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