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10 Essential Things To Know Before Building A Website In 2016

10 Essential Things To Know Before Building A Website In 2016

There are millions of websites nowadays. If you are thinking of building your website, there are many things you should be aware of. This ranges from having a friendly SEO to attractive designs.

For starters, you should place yourself in the shoes of the customer and make a list of what you would have wanted. You should think about the security issues regarding your website and much more.

To talk about all that in a little more detail, here’s a list of 10 essential things to know before building a website in 2016.

1. Domain name

It’s the initial step of web designing. It’s a name of your website. You have to pay certain fee to register for the right to use that name. However, getting a name doesn’t mean you will get a website. It’s just registering a business name.

The domain name must be short, easy and memorable. In addition, branding strategy should also be applied while choosing a domain. In other words, your domain name should represent your brand. However, you should be careful not to violate any copyrights with your domain name as you don’t want to be on the bad side of the law.

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2. Users

When you design your web page, you do so with a specific group of users in your mind. You must appeal to those users’ wants and needs to have a popular website. Otherwise, your website will be just another website in a world of millions of websites.

How can you know what your user’s need is? There are hundreds of analytic tools to answer that question. You can make use of one of those analytic apps to sort that out. These apps will help to get a data in your user, which will ultimately lead to the success in your undertakings.

3. Social media integration

In this age of social media, there is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard about social media. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many others have millions of users, which will provide a great platform to market your website.

If you are thinking of building your website, you should make sure that your website has an option to share the contents of your website in social media. Most of the top website builders provide support for this.

There are many analytic tools that cab track the ways and locations from which people are finding your website. This is vital for a successful website.

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4. Security

Security is the biggest concern in the 21st century, even more so for the Internet. Technological advancements have led to different malwares, viruses and many malicious applications compromising the website integrity. Add the threat of hackers and you have your hands full.

To be more specific, if you are into e-commerce and require sensitive information such as personal information and credit card numbers of your clients, you need to ensure the security of your website.

These threats should be assessed in the beginning of webpage designing. Webpages must have SSL certificates and security checks must be conducted regularly.

5. SEO

You have a website with phenomenal design, interesting content and fast-loading speed. Great, but what good will it do if it has no viewers or just a few users? Therefore, search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most important part of webpage development. It will make sure that the targeted user will be able to access it.

Hence, it is crucial to have a clean and SEO friendly code. For this, you can use certain CMS services. While some CMS services require you to have a technical knowledge in coding, some services like WordPress require little technical knowledge.

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6. Compatibility

Compatibility is one of the important aspects of a website. A website page must be able to run in any browser from Firefox, Safari to Internet Explorer. Even the older browsers must not be exempt from reaching this webpage. If it doesn’t, we will lose a large number of a customers, which will be very detrimental to the webpage in its infancy.

Moreover, the site should be supported on mobile devices as well. According to one study, 95 percent of mobile users actually use their mobile devices for online searching rather than their computer or laptop. This means a large chunk of your webpage viewers will be mobile users. Hence, webpage must be supported in all types of devices and across all the browsers.

7. Design

How your website looks is an essential thing to consider if you want it to stand out. Since it is the basic element to attract or distract the user, it is one of the important things to keep in mind before building the design.

For instance, if a design of any webpage is eye catching, users will be more likely to spend their time surfing for the content in a page. Good design also affects SEO of a webpage.

8. Hosting

If a site has a very slow loading rate, people are not going to wait unless it is a must. Since there are many webpages to choose from, there is no alternative for good hosting.

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In addition to that, poor hosting is bad for the search engine ranking of a webpage. You should test your website and resolve hosting issues prior to the official release of your website.

9. Navigation

If you are thinking of building a website, let’s be clear that there is no substitute for good navigation. If a customer finds it difficult to navigate your page, they are going to lose interest and may never access it twice.

For a good navigable site, you can use dropdown in navigation menu. This will ensure, there is no confusion for a client while viewing your webpage.

10. Cost

After all the considerations, things eventually boil down to the ‘cost’. Building a website requires money. You need to spend money to get a domain name. You will also need money, if you are employing a web designer to design your webpage.

Furthermore, monthly maintenance must be done, which is also costly. Therefore, one should estimate all the associated costs before starting the project.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

You have to work hard to develop the right skills

If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

1. Make your presentation short and sweet

With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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2. Open up with a good ice breaker

At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

  • Joking
  • Tugging on their heart strings
  • Dropping a bombastic statement
  • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
  • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

3. Keep things simple and to the point

Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

4. Use a healthy dose of humor

Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

6. Practice your delivery

Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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7. Move around and use your hands

Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

8. Engage the audience by making them relate

Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

9. Use funny images in your slides

Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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10. End on a more serious note

When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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