Building a Personal or Business Website

There are multiple reasons why one would build a website – some decide to create a site to advertise a company, others do it for personal reasons and a lot do it for social networking. If you are looking to build a website, you should keep in mind the purpose you are creating it and what message you want to get across.

Web Design Software vs Web Designer

For starters, you will either need to purchase web design software to make the site on your own, or you will need to hire a web designer. It may be cheaper to go with a freelance designer instead of a firm. There are a lot of them advertising online, so finding one that meets your needs shouldn’t be difficult. When browsing around, ensure to look at the quality of the web site of the designer. Is it easy to use? Does it have attractive features and does it meet its purpose? Seeing how a web designer handles their own site will help you to determine if they are the right fit. You can also request to see a portfolio of their designs or links of live projects. Do what you can to see what you are getting into before hiring anyone.

Stay Focused

When it’s time to design the actual website, make sure to keep your focus. For instance, if you are building a website for a ministry, you might want to keep the outlay simple. Limit the amount of graphics on the site since not everyone is endowed with high-speed internet. You could add simple photos of your church, members of the ministry and other religious graphics, but you might want to stay away from using moving animations. Ensure that the designer uses codes that will be accessible by the major web browsers like Safari, Internet Explorer, Netscape and Firefox. You can look at a few of the other church websites on the net for an idea of what you may want yours to look like.

Personal Website

On the other hand, if you are looking to create a website for personal reasons, you can build it however you like. Those that build such sites include photos, blogs and other features that peek their interest. A personal site usually doesn’t have a lot of links unless they offer services. Some entrepreneurs don’t have a lot of money to build a large website, so they use a small personal website to advertise their resume, cover letter, small portfolio and/or information about services. Such that would use this type of site are writers, public accountants, licensed skilled trade workers and many others.

Social Media

Social networking sites are booming in the internet market and there’s good reason why. Whether you are advertising yourself or your services, doing it on a social network will do the trick. A lot of people list themselves or their company on sites such as Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. All of them have one thing in common – getting the word out. There are millions of visitors accessing these sites annually, so advertising here is a smart move. Now, if you are interested in creating a social networking site of your own, be prepared for a lot of visitors. Many make money by offering ad space throughout the site.  Social networking is a great way to get the word out about charity events, fundraisers or other occasions taking place at your ministry. You can also use these sites to advertise your church and bring in more dedicated members.

What’s great about the internet is you can start just about any type of business. You can sell services or products from popular brands like Barneys New York. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s done professionally and with the end user in mind!

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