If you're starting out on your e-business journey, it's perfectly fine if you don't know how to make a website. How could you possibly expect to have the knowledge and skills?
You were not born KNOWING web technology
Every person who has created a website, at one time had ZERO skills and no SPECIAL technical knowledge to create a website.
Me too !
Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I can look back at my early projects and say A-HA! Now I know what my knowledge gaps were -- if only I could visit my younger self and become my own mentor.
So what have I learned? There are some key ingredients for making a website.
Amazingly, I've discovered the key ingredients for creating a successful website are not dependent on:
The three key ingredients are PURPOSE, PERSONAL LEADERSHIP, and PLAN.
Establishing the purpose of your website is a fundamental ingredient for how to make a website. The purpose must have SPECIFIC goals and objectives and be stated with as much clarity as possible.
For example, "I want to make money online" is not a true purpose. Yes, it's a key element in your decision making, but it's not a purpose statement.
"I want to publish helpful review articles and include links to affiliate products" is a clearer purpose statement that includes a make money online element.
Discover the purpose of your website if you pretend that your website is finished and you're being interviewed by a journalist who asks the following questions:
In response to these questions you might say:
"It's the primary website for my local business and offers my products / services for sale. I use it to communicate with my customers using my active community forum. Customers can contact us through an online chat when they have issues or concerns with our products."
Can you see how the three questions together bring a clear purpose statement?
Becoming a "webmaster" is a journey involving many steps. Along the way you will be tasked to learn new things, make technical decisions, collaborate with others and much more.
To accomplish these tasks will require you to possess some key leadership traits:
As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan then you are preparing to fail. This couldn't be more true as you venture into becoming a webmaster.
To create a website you need a plan
It starts with the website purpose and includes goals and objectives, it establishes the key requirements or needs that must be met, it identifies the critical tasks and determines what resources are available to complete these tasks.
A plan must be managed by a competent person who has the ability to say "no" if new items appear on the to-do list or existing items expand beyond their original intent (i.e. "scope creep").
There are many "advisors" out there on the internet who share this advice for how to make a website:
This advice is absolutely incorrect and I urge you to ignore it or risk building a website that is not successful.
But I must also stress, the three ingredients I listed above will not defend you from taking bad advice. You need to approach your website project with a good mixture of COMMON SENSE.
If you EVER have any questions or concerns about advice you have been given regarding your website, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I'm happy to share my 12 Tips for Creating the Best Business Website as a free gift. And I do mean 'free' - there's no strings attached - not even a request for your name and email address!
If you need help, advice, a friendly push in the right direction, to rant or rave about a product or service ... please don't be shy about contacting me. Perhaps I can help you achieve your business goals.
You can do it ...
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