DIY Your Own Website Like A Pro With These Four Platforms
Hey there biz mavens and entrepreneurs! Let's talk about the importance of a website in 2021! According to a survey by The Digital Agency Network 75% of internet consumers gain the first impression of a business based on their website design. Consumers believe a website makes your business more credible than other businesses who only have social media profiles." I'm sure you can understand precisely why this is.
We know first hand that expenses are a little tight when first starting your online business....
We know expenses are a little tight when first starting your online business. So with this important factor right in front of us, we are laying out four of the best platforms to build your business’s website that are code-free and user friendly so can design your website with ease.
Rather you are a service-based or product-based business; it is super important to have an online platform where you can track sales, analytics and keep in contact with your client base. Having a website where you host your business online allows you other perks like having a place to display any reviews or testimonials, have a space to showcase your products and services clearly, and finally, allows you a much higher chance of gaining clients from Google searches!
We have first hand experience with all four, as they have each played a role in helping us to find our design groove….(we will talk more on this later!) We have gone through and rated each platform's unique opportunities for you as well. With that said, here are four platforms to use to DIY your website design like a pro in 2021…..
Squarespace is probably one of the easier platforms to build on. If you’re not into code you will easily be able to build here, due to the ability to pick a template, customize for your business, & publish. This is an easy platform to get your online business up and running without the pressure of designing from scratch.
We see alot of service providers use this platform and actually recommend this in our Websites Without Overwhelm virtual workshop as a great tool for beginners. So if you’re looking for a user-friendly platform this may be the one to start with.
If you’re a blogger, influencer, or content creator of any sort, this one is a gem made special for you. Showit is a dope drag and drop platform giving you the option to build from a blank interface or from choosing many cool templates. This is great if you have already worked with a branding agency and have available collateral to incorporate into a customized website template – sure to get your website launched fast and your brand appear more trustworthy.
Do You have an E-commerce business. If so, you should definitely check out Shopify when looking to create your own website to showcase your store. They have tons of templates to choose from as well as highly customizable. Shopify makes it easy to track everything from inventory to sales analytics, payment providers & shipping features than other Ecommerce platform. Great for when managing your online shop.
Pro Tip: Shopify also has a lending program for small business owners where they give capitol to you based solely on sales made. This is great for business owners that haven’t developed business credit but need capitol to get started. Double whammy for your online business.
We hold this gem near and dear to our hearts, as it has become a powerhouse in our agency. This platform has completely changed our workflow with its no-code design features and custom palette that interchangeably lets us build from scratch. All though we love a great Wordpress site, Webflow is a website builder like no other. And trust me, we’ve tried them all when creating our signature design process.
Webflow is an excellent tool that combines powerful CMS features with those of the more classic website builders – offering a wide range of possibilities. For us, this means hosting and designing all on the same platform. Talk about a win.
If we are being honest you will need some experience in code and web development when trying to build on this platform, but the capabilities are endless with the visual builder option for design. Webflow is a newer platform that is not talked about as much. We can see this trend soon changing as some of the best designed websites we’ve created and seen online, have been built here. Build here to create mobile-friendly, SSL-ready websites quickly and manage them efficiently!
Thank you for stopping by, biz maven. We are hopeful you find this information helpful! If so, let us know in the comments down below! Feel free to share this post with any business owners you think this information may benefit!
Still not sure which platform may be right for you? Our Websites Without Overwhelm website strategy worksop is the best option to help you determine which one if any is best for your online business. Together, we take a deep-dive into who you are as a business, develop your ideal user, map your customer journey, and create a site plan for moving forward. Need an expert built for your website design strategy to your client and business needs brands and websites that make YOU stand out, then our Reboot Experience is what your business needs. Apply to see if we are a good fit to work together.
If you have any further questions about web development, or maybe you have a website that is well past due for a rebrand? Feel free to contact us for more information on design services!
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We are all seeking to take our online business up a notch this year. You may be planning a website redesign or looking to improve your current site traffic, but it is important to know first, the gravity of your current website analytics. It may seem like the best option for a website redesign or rebrand launch is to start with a mood board or inspiration to map out your new design look and feel.