Some may feel that building a personal or business website in today’s world should be fairly easy for most. Especially, with all of the “free” resources available through various hosting and website design companies. However, what I’ve found out recently is that although I’ve been in IT for over 20 years, was a software consultant/developer for a spell, it’s not as easy as you might think! A significant personal investment of your time is still needed if you want your website to pop off the pages and lure a broad audience.
First of all, if your time is limited like mine, you probably don’t have a lot of time to spend building your site from scratch. You’re also most likely to have the same mindset as I do at this point in your career, and feel that learning new code is just not your thing anymore. However, you refuse to pay someone to build your site and feel that you have enough software development experience to build it yourself.
If that’s the case, then what you’re going to need to do is find an inexpensive hosting company (Hostgator.com), website design software that comes with free or fairly inexpensive themes, ones that offer drag and drop functionality (WordPress), and dedicate some of your personal time for development. There are also several sites out there that offer really cool “pre-built” themes that you can purchase for what some might consider a handsome price (Premium Themes), but don’t be fooled by them since there is still a lot of work ahead.
Not too long ago I designed various web sites and pages using MS SharePoint. I was considered a Content Manager because I designed “not developed” and managed the content. Although it’s not a popular tool amongst most web developers, I must say that it serves its purpose for quick web site design. This opportunity doesn’t come however until after the environment is setup properly by the SharePoint Farm Administrator at your company…which may not be the case if you’re a personal business owner.
I digressed for a moment. Let’s get back on track with my website development experience. The site is now coming along nicely. I’ve used YouTube extensively as a free educational source. I will put in a plug for Case Gailbraith’s and Allan Whitney’s website design videos since they were extremely helpful. They both use the tools I’ve mentioned above and do a very good job providing instructions that actually make perfect sense. They’re also open for Q&A.
Please let me know what you think of my site-in-progress. I am now shutting down my “.org” Blog Site via wordpress.com and simply keeping my wordpress.org site leadersleavinglegacies.com since it offers much more flexibility. I’ve also switched themes at least 3-4 times and finally found one that I simply love (Divi Theme by Elegant Themes). Well, I’ll keep you posted as it continues to evolve and I gain more knowledge along the way. By the way, Elegant Theme’s support forum is the best!
P.S. Always learning new Tricks!