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005 - How to create your first website (without paying anyone to help!)

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Hi, Jamie here,


Here’s one quick tip on how to create your first website to help you in your journey towards a new career.


Jardin, Colombia


Building an online presence can be an important part of the journey toward new career opportunities and your own website is at the centre.


Today I’m going to share my tips on how you can create your first website without needing to employ an expensive website designer.


If you follow these tips you can share your knowledge, develop your brand, build new connections and win new business.


Unfortunately, so many people fail to launch their own websites and miss out on these opportunities.


People believe they have to employ expensive specialists


Here are some other reasons or beliefs why people struggle to make actionable progress:

  • Don’t know what steps are involved

  • Think they need to know how to code

  • Don’t have the time to build a website

  • Don’t have formal copywriting experience

Today I’m going to explain to them how they can overcome these challenges and get started!


Here's how, step by step:


Step 1: Research


The first part of building your website is to know exactly what you want to include. And, more importantly, why.


This will save you so much time editing, deleting, and re-working your website in the future.


Research the websites of people a little further down the line than you and see what they have included.


For example, I took inspiration from 2 main sources:

Note down the elements you want to include and draft an outline for your site.


To save yourself money and to start to build your writing skills, use this stage to draft your initial content.


You can also research copywriting if this is new to you. There are many great online teachers including the two I mention above.



Step 2: Start for free


Too many people then make a terrible mistake and rush off and brief a website designer

Don’t!


Start for free.


I built my first website page on Carrd using my mobile phone in less than 2 hours. I’ve left it live in case you want to see: jamiedru.carrd.co.


Carrd is completely free and really easy to use. It’s also a great place to learn more about how to use different design elements.


And don’t worry. There’s no need to know how to write code.


Iterate your site for 30 minutes each day for 1 week.

"Perfection is the enemy of progress"

Will it be the world’s greatest website when you’re finished? Probably not, no! But you don’t need it to be. Honestly, if you’re just starting out on something new, very few people will visit your site.


For now, you need a website that allows people to learn more about you and contact you.


By practicing on Carrd you’ll also be ready to build on more advanced web design platforms in the future.


Step 3: Buy a website domain


If your website is a shop for people to visit, then your domain is the plot of land that the shop is built on.


I used godaddy.com to buy jamiedru.com.


GoDaddy is the market leader and really straightforward to use.


You now have your address. Congratulations!


Step 4: Create your own website


You’re almost there! Now is the final step: Building your new website.


For this, you’ll need to use a website design platform.


I used wix.com after doing some research on the different platforms available.


You already know what content you want to include and you’ve learned how to use design elements. It’s time to put it into practice.


Build your landing page for now. Come back to the rest later.


(Again, you don’t need to know how to code. It was created to be intuitive and easy to use)


Connect your website with your domain (which the platforms will guide you through step-by-step) and voila!


You have your new website connected to your own website address!


And you didn’t pay anyone to help you.


TL;DR

  1. Research before starting

  2. Start for free using Carrd.co

  3. Buy a website address (domain) from GoDaddy

  4. Build and iterate your website on a design platform like Wix

Now go and share your new site with absolutely everyone you know!

 

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Thanks,

Jamie

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