Don't be Afraid to do your own Website
Sometimes I wish I could go back to the brave little me that I was many years ago.
Then again, not.
I just made my own website a couple weeks ago. For years I put it off because the last time I tried, it just did not compute. It was all this code language that I didn't want to learn. I would rather put my energy into learning Mandarin Chinese or even brush up on my Espanol.
Things have changed in the past few years and I didn't even know it. Nowadays it is all speaking the language that I know...graphic arts and design. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot that I have yet to learn and I am going to leave to my assistant who is an expert in getting the site looked at and checking the numbers and graphs that I really don't care about, I just want sales but I guess that's all part of the picture.
But if you want to update your site that has been done by someone in the past, you should give it a try, it's not as hard as you might think.
If you have an outdated website like I had, it already is getting views but what my customers were viewing was old five years ago. There was nothing new and I didn't know how to add new.
I thought using a template would look so like a template and having been a graphic artist for years, that would not do.
But if you are a little brave you can do amazing things. You can customize almost everything.
I was going to hire someone to do a website for me but I would still be left in the same predicament that I was. I really wanted total control. I talked to some friends and friends of friends to learn about how to even get started. Everyone suggested a template based website with a host that you pay for their software. I tried squarespace.com and built a website very quickly and then I talked to someone else and they recommended Wix.com. I tried that site and it was much more user friendly and I chose wix. It was up less than a week before I got my first order and before I had even set up the payment part. The customer emailed me and I got the payment set up and she ordered and it went right through. An email came to me notifiying me of the sale with a nice printout of all her information. It also added her info to my contact list etc.