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Building a personal website with Weebly

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Whether you own a small business, write a blog, sell your own products or even want to create a place that gives full information about an upcoming wedding, a website is the answer.

By building an online hub, you’re able to raise awareness of what you’re up to and engage with a larger audience compared to when using social media by itself. It also serves as a useful resource for visitors to find out vital information about your products and services, or a forum to discuss topics that you’re passionate about with likeminded people.

If you’ve decided to do things your own way and build your own website from scratch, you’ll need to know the best method of creating one that will accurately represent what it is you want to share. We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you on your way.

 

Choosing a platform

Doing extensive research is vital when it comes to the early stages of website creation. Before you consider the design of your site or the domain name you’re going to use, you need to pick your website platform.

A website builder is the system used for managing online content and HTML pages. There are tons of options available out there, so it’s worth determining how much money you have available to spend or whether you want one that’s totally free.

When you’re researching, you should consider things such as which features are available, the themes you can choose from, the price of hosting (if applicable), and the level of customer support offered.

 

Find a host and register a domain name

Weebly allows you to purchase domain names along with hosting. Simply type in the domain you’d like and the site will tell you whether it’s available. If it’s already taken, try a slightly different version and chances are you’ll have the opportunity to nab it before someone else does.

When choosing a domain name, there are a few points you should consider. For example, it should reflect your business or personal brand and be easy to read and type. Short and clear domain names are more memorable than long ones. A domain name that people will see and recognise is always helpful for your site and your brand.

There are several options available for hosting, so you can choose the best one according to your preferences. For instance, you could get a free website hosting package with limited features, pay for an online store, or pick from a number of other types of website structure depending on your requirements.

 

Setting up your website

Using Weebly to set up a website is simple. To start with, you can browse their extensive list of themes until you find the one that’s perfect for your site. Don’t worry about getting bored of it a theme, as it can be changed or tweaked at any time.​

After you’ve picked how you want your website to look, it’s time to build. This can take a while, but with Weebly’s simply drag-and-drop system we guarantee you’ll find it easier than expected.

Once your site looks how you envisaged it, it’s time to publish and share it with the world. Make sure to add new content regularly to keep people interested, which is where an online shop and a blog come in very handy. After all, your visitors and fans want to know what you’ve been up to, so don’t hold back on news, updates and lots of photos.

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