I get it, you might not have the time or resources to outsource your website just yet. So you’re left with DIY’ing your site. But, have you ever done that before?
Chances are your business website is the first site you’ve ever designed. And you’re learning SO many things as you build it. But, you might miss a few things because it is your first website, and also not something you’ve studied up on—besides the hours of Googling to learn the best platform, find SEO tips, and a few other things.
That’s why I’ve created a DIY website checklist, so you have all your how-tos in one spot. And to help you navigate this online world smoothly.
I know that updating or creating your own website takes you away from your passion and perfecting your craft, that’s why this simple checklist goes over the top best practices, the reason why you should implement them, and some easy tips you can carry into the maintenance of your DIY website.
Websites, like any other craft, have a set of guidelines that we all abide by. Some are more well-known than others. So I’ve included the ones that I feel are industry standard to help you polish up your website. Check out my DIY Website guide!
I don’t want to give them alllll away, because the guide is filled with so many helpful tips. But here are the top three things I implement in all my website designs.
Go download the guide to see more best practices.
Not everyone will use the website the same way you will. Especially since you’ve been nose deep into designing it. Have a few friends look over your site before you’re about to publish. Ask them for constructive feedback to make sure you’ve included enough information, made it easy to navigate, and not left them to scroll for ages.
When asking for feedback, be sure to ask more questions about the functionality than the design. While the design can be helpful, we tend to get more answers like “I wouldn’t have chosen those colours” or “I don’t like those fonts.” But if you ask
Asking those questions will help put your test viewer into the right mind space to help you have a polished website.
Similarly, after you publish the site, you can ask your clients if they found what they were looking for easily. Or if they provide feedback on your website, take note of that.
Not everything will be beneficial, but if your ideal client is having an issue with your site, you might want to evaluate and see how you can fix it. They might not be the only ones experiencing that issue.
If you’re reading all this, and have downloaded the guide, and now your palms are sweating, maybe we need to hop on a call to see if you need help with the redesign. I know that DIY’ing a website is not for the faint of heart. I’m really proud of you for taking that step. But sometimes, we need to have extra hands to help us cross the finish line.
I’d be honoured to help you design the site of your dreams. And if you’ve looked at the guide, you know there is a sweet little treat in there, too! (If you haven’t downloaded the guide yet, what’s stopping you!?)
If you have any questions or want some help with your website editing, or full customization, let’s chat!