Write down your site's purpose.
- Your intended site may be a personal site, where you'll have pages about yourself, maybe your resume, some images from your travels, and a few articles or blog posts with your opinion.
- Your intended site may be focused on selling a product and providing detailed descriptions about said product, and maybe some insight into what your business is focused on and who you are.
- These differences in site purpose drastically change the road you take in building the site and where to focus your energy.
- EX: On my personal site, JohnSmith.com, I want to differentiate myself from others in my industry, by providing a work experience overview and my resume. In addition, I want to have a depository for my thoughts and opinions on various topics, both related to my work and to everyday topics.
- Site Map:
Based on your site's purpose, sketch a simple layout of various pages of content you want to have. This should be a minimal-approach sketch or whiteboard, simply helping to guide you on where content should go. This is called the Site Map, and it helps provide structure for your site, including the navigation. Ultimately, it should help your visitors find content or products that interest them.
- Prioritize the site's pages into a list:
When you have a numerically prioritized list (1-10, etc) of pages you are about to build, this tells you where to start and keep your focus. This also allows you to launch your site sooner, because once your top few pages are built you can and should start sending out links to your site to create traffic. Don't jump ahead, we'll get to creating site traffic shortly.
- Gather Content!
Before you even think about creating that first page (and don't title it 'My first website', its just wrong on so many levels), You should gather the copy, images, links, videos, etc., anything that is defined as content, so that you can easily build numerous pages ~90% of the way complete.
- his may seem overkill, or like a barrier to starting the site. However, you wouldn't build a house without some basic plans and structure, even if you think your website will be more shack-like.
- Choose a website building tool (aka a Content Mgmt System, or CMS):
- Free-form, aka you know how to write code:
- Don't use:
- Tumbler - Its not a website builder, but instead a semi-pinterest, with hints of a blog.
- Facebook, Pinterest, or any Social Media for that matter. These are both business and personal networking and traffic building tools not meant for rich content and deep thoughts. (Sorry friends, Don't post more than a sentence to facebook. THAT MEANS YOU UNCLE STEVE, CONSTANTLY WRITING NOVELS UP IN MY FACEBOOK FEED!
- Read, watch, skim.... Learn the website building tool you've selected, so you know the basics of what you can do.
Spend at least 30 mins learning the tool, because it will make things so much easier. Just like if you were a first time driver, you wouldn't drive a car in rush hour, city traffic and expect to have success. Learn the basics of the tool.
- Build your first pages:
- ote how long it took to build this page. Your next pages should be faster, because you've learned the tool some and you can make improvements for the next page.
- Creating site traffic: