These days, pretty much everyone needs a website. Whether you are a service based coach, a professional consultant, an artist or healer, or any professional person: you need a website!
But the question is: Should You Build it Yourself, Or Should You Outsource it to a Webmaster?
Now I recommend using WordPress as the software that runs your website. It’s the best if you are doing a blog, a regular website, or both@ It’s easy to access from any computer, and the search engines love it!
So here are the typical steps to building a website:
- Installing the WordPress software on Your own Web Hosting
- Selecting a Design and Layout for your Website
- Adding Your Initial Content (your web pages and posts) to Your Website
- Updating Your Website with Fresh Content
- Maintaining Your Website with updates on an ongoing basis
I recommend that you learn to do these things yourself, so that you have total control of your business and website and so that you are not at the mercy of anyone else. However, the most important part of running your website yourself is adding content to your site and updating your website with fresh content on a regular basis.
1) If you have the right hosting company I use www.ChristinasResources.com/bluehost (my affiliate link) as my hosting company. I love them. They are very helpful, and I can get a WordPress website installed in 5 minutes.
2) The web designs I use for my WordPress websites come from www.ElegantThemes.com (my affiliate link) and my favorite “Theme” is the Extra Theme and the Divi Theme. You can find that at https://www.ChristinasResources.com/extra and https://www.ChristinasResources.com/divi (my affiliate links). That is the theme I use for this blog. You can find my other recommendations and resources at Christina’s Resources website: www.ChristinasResources.com
3) Adding your content is the creative part of building your site! Sometimes it’s something that is just as easy as cutting and pasting your words from your Word Document into your WordPress website. And sometimes it’s finding great images to go along with your articles. Use your intuition and common sense (plus a little bit of keyword research), when building your webpages. Does it look good to you? Does your pages make sense?
4) To update your site with fresh content, just means to add more pages (for example an FAQ page) and blog post articles. Easy enough.
5) Updating your WordPress software consists of clicking a few buttons each time there is an update. (we do this together in my online classes)
So if you are interested in taking control of your online business, I can help you in my Website Creation Workshop! It’s an 8 module online course where I take you through the process of building your website yourself (without the need for a webmaster). It’s an interactive class, and we have a lot of fun in it. Just take a look at some of the example case study websites from my students)
And see those steps above for building a website? Well in my class you don’t have to do that, cause we will install a site for you to practice on before you go live.