When I think of code, I think of The Matrix. And then I get stressed. Not because Keanu Reeves is one of the most underrated actors of our generation, but because of the billions and billions of numbers, symbols and letters that appear to make up the world. So, when I first attempted to make a website, I sat down, took a deep breath, put on my Neo sunglasses, and got ready to be the most confused I had ever been.
Luckily for me, and you, I discovered that creating a website has absolutely nothing to do with The Matrix and instead, thanks to Weebly and Rebel (hi:), is as simple as pie. Here are some steps for making that polished website you’ve been dreaming about.
After you’ve chosen the best possible domain name for yourself or your business (clever ideas here), make a list or sketch of what features you need and want your website to provide. What can you absolutely not live without? Are you going to be selling product? Draw out a map so that when you are looking at templates, you will have a more clear idea of what will work.
Got it? Okay (deep breath) you are ready for the building part!
1. Find a Site Building Service
Once you’ve gotten your domain name from Rebel, you’re going to need a site building service. Our top pick is Weebly. It’s used by over 40 million people and offers awesome modern website templates that are super easy to figure out. You can customize the templates with different text, colors, fonts, images, or, with some plans, video backgrounds! (The future is now).
2. Pick a Theme
So many choices! Don’t like making decisions? No problem—Weebly has industry specific themes. And unlike some competitors, you can change your theme with Weebly at any time (huge brownie points). Consider both what looks good and what makes sense for your audience and business.
3. Build It
The three main spaces in the Weebly website building page are:
An Element Bar — This is where all your components are to build your website. Image box? Drag and drop. Read More banner? Drag and drop. Menu bar? You guessed it, drag and drop. Play around with these features, it can be quite fun. And the more you play, the better you’ll become.
Site Preview / Workspace — This is the whole center area where you will be dragging and dropping. It will show you what your site will look like as you build it, and once the features are here, you can shift them around how you please.
Hover over already placed images if you’d like to change them, and poof! An edit button will appear. Upload photos from your desktop or drag and drop. As easy as melting hot butter on toast.
Dashboard — This is where you can go to check out your site statistics, any comments that have been made on your blog, sales, tips from the Weebly community, as well as where you’ll find any apps that you’ve added to your page.
Play around with the drag and drop features until you’ve got a site that makes you proud. If it’s too complex to navigate, or at first glance you become seasick from too many graphics or colors, make a change: simple is better. Find more easy design principles here.
Check out some other time saving tips we’ve come up with here as well as look into apps that can help you out. I also always recommend to have a hot cup of coffee nearby, a great work playlist, and of course, Neo sunglasses to get you in the zone.
So there you have it, some tips for building your best site possible.