I see way too often folks just getting a free or paid template and adding some text to it and stating they have a custom website. This is not true; they do no have a custom website.
To have a custom website you have to build it yourself or have a web designer build it for you. Either way, it must be unique and fit your personality.
There are many things to take into consideration when you build a custom website; there are domain names, hosting, FTP software and more. Now these things are relatively cheap or no cost Webdesign so don’t get caught up into that.
Here are some simple to follow steps to build a custom website:
#1 – Get your own domain name and make it unique to your website. Choose the right domain name to match what your website is about
#2 – Get good and reliable hosting. Too many times I come across folks so just don’t understand this and get any hosting then find themselves trying to switch. Check hosting companies out carefully. The number one thing you must be sure of is their support, if they have good reliable support you should be fine.
#3 – Your Graphics, now as much as you might hear that graphics will make your website more professional looking and better, this just isn’t always true any more. You do not need graphics on your website to make it work. Yes, you can have graphics on your website, but keep them simple, like the cover of your product if you are selling one, a picture of yourself, you can have a simple header at the top but it is not necessary. I have found that I get more subscribers without the header 🙂
#4 – Your layout keep your layout simple and easy to use. Your navigation should be on the left hand side, as this is where most people look for it since it has always been there on all other websites or across the top. Don’t change what works! Make sure your categories are easy to understand for your visitors, don’t use fancy wording that they might not understand be clear to what each category is.
#5 – Content! This is the biggest part of your website and you have to be sure you are delivering quality content. Keep your content short and to the point. Make bullets to have the important parts stand out. Make short 3 or 4 sentence paragraphs. Have sub headlines in the middle of your pages there are a lot of people out there today that just scan webpages. Make sure you tell your visitors Exactly what you want them to do and how they can do it.
There you go 5 simple steps to build a custom website, put these to use and you can have your very own custom website in no time at all. Building websites today is easier than ever, since there aren’t many people anymore that care about graphics and fancy flash sites, they are more apt to leave your page with that stuff on it then actually read your site.