But there are ways to get around the frustration associated with web design. You could outsource the work to professionals that are good at that kind of stuff. They will handle the artwork, the design and possibly even the content. But for one site this could run you several hundred to even thousands of dollars. Then if you need updates in the future it can cost even more.
Before loading any software your first step should be to draw out a site map of how you would like your website to look. This may seem a bit old school but it is a proven method to create a better website design. You should start your plans by designing the home page of your website and work out from there. Next you should sketch out what you would like the web pages to look like. Use this time to decide what elements you would like to include on the pages and where they will be located.
I feel like it is the content that should count the most. I have not only seen that a number of times written by people with far more experience, but i have found that wasting my time playing with things that take a lot of work to learn have not paid off as much as my plain old common sense approach to the site: keep it going, nurture it, add to it, and fix it up all the time. The traffic will come. I read a lot of free materials about gaining traffic and when i get a good idea, I try to do at least some of it. That is what led me to e-zine. I read about submitting articles there as a way to get your site out, and i began to do that because it made sense to me.
For example, my Quicken ad is on the page where I discuss how I use Quicken, a link to Amazon is on the page where I have reviewed Jim Cramer’s Real Money, and a new site that I found, that offers coupons to major stores is on this page as well as on the article, “Getting More Value Out of what You Buy.” I chose to place my ads that way because I want them to really be a natural fit with my content; I don’t just want the site to become a big advertising space. Also, I do not want to spend a ton of time on affiliations: I want to spend time on content and traffic. The affiliations are not hard once you get the hang of it.
When creating a blog you must know upfront that it will take you about an hour to setup when you know all the steps. I do them faster if I have the content and images that I want to include. The beauty of blogs is that you can update them online, as long as you have internet connection. No need for expensive web design software.
Both inspire trust in the visitor. Inspiring trust depends more on the tone you take than the format. If you’ve spent time composing your email newsletter, it will show, and that certainly inspires trust. A blog, with its rapid-fire and often impassioned comments, can convey a sense of impulsiveness, which rarely inspires trust. Trust is important on the internet (a very anonymous medium), because unless people trust you, they’re not going to buy from you.
Always mark files that must be opened in an external program with an icon. Many sites host PDF files, and less commonly, DOC files, that must be opened in Foxit Reader and Microsoft Word/OpenOffice, respectively. These files should be marked with an icon representing the file type, and a link to download the appropriate viewer if the user does not have it.
The trick is to find a webhosting site that includes all the tools necessary for making a website of your own. When browsing the websites of these companies be sure to check to make sure that you will be given access to a ‘site builder’. The name may be different according to the hosting company, but the concept is still the same. What you will be looking for is a way to build pages without having to use any other software.