Have you been feeing the call lately? Since you have been working from home, have you found yourself wanting to open an online business? Or maybe you’ve been looking at the business website you already have and find that it just has issues?
Starting a new website
Here are the bare bone basics of starting a new website:
- Purchase a domain name
- Pay for hosting
- Set up the framework/theme for your site
- Fill it up with your words, graphics, and contact info
Easy, right? No sweat! You’ll have this done in no time! Uh huh…sure.
The hard truth is that building your own website CAN be easy, but it can also be daunting. There are SO MANY resources and options out there that you can get lost in them. Many options are low-to-no cost, but you know enough to worry about that. I can hear your next question(s)…
“Are the free resources reputable? Safe? Will I get hacked? Will I end up paying more in the end?”
The answer is “it depends.” Don’t you just love hearing that? Yes, I know.
In reality, most of them are reputable and safe. But even the ones you pay big bucks for can only protect you from the threats that are known, so nothing is perfect. And with some providers, you may get good service for nothing at first and then expect to sign up or subscribe for a premium. You’re not new to the business world, you know how this works.
What’s the better answer then? Do what over 30% of the internet is doing: build a WordPress site! WordPress has built their solid reputation on openness and support. You will find a multitude of resources and help in their community, from very simple to extremely complex. (You can even find sites to learn it yourself for free, like here.)
The other half of that is to ASK. Ask for assistance and you will get help…from many places, even me! I am happy to answer your questions!
Fix a broken (or breaking) website
What if you already have a website, even a WordPress one, but it has been neglected? Or it won’t do what you want? Now what?
The best answer here is the same one as above. ASK! If it is a WordPress site, someone is out there who will know the answer to your problem. I guarantee it! The hard part may be finding them, but that’s why you need to ask for help. The WordPress community is all about networking. We talk to each other, and we love solving problems!
If it’s not a WordPress site, still ask. Problem solving is something many of us enjoy! If we can’t fix it in its current state, we might be able to recommend an easy and/or free way to convert it to WordPress, THEN solve it for you!
Still, there may be problems too big for such a seemingly simple answer, and we may have to try unconventional methods. For example, I once copied text from an unrecoverable site and pasted it into a brand new WordPress build. It may seem tedious to some, but sometimes it’s what you have to do to get the job done. Isn’t that all that matters in the end?
There are so many options out there to build or fix a website that it may be a bit overwhelming. The key is to just start asking if you need help. Our views of the world through the lens of news and social media can sometimes jade us into thinking that everyone is out to get us and it’s safer to stay locked away in safety. While there are times when that is true, we also do need to get out of those zones sometimes to grow.
If you need help with a website, check out WordPress or one of the many other website communities online. But please also feel free to ask me for help!
Look for my next article where I will go into more detail about the five steps I listed above for starting a new website, including why I choose Genesis for my themes!