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How To Get Started On Your Own Website

How To Get Started On Your Own Website

If you have an interest in building your own website, be it as a personal portfolio or for an eCommerce store, there are a few things you ought to know and be prepared for. A website may not require your attention all the time, but there’s a lot that goes into setting it up and making sure that everything runs smoothly. Below I’ll highlight a few pivotal requirements for you to get started on your own website, and give you a basic outline of what each of these requirements are.

Before You Start

It is essential that you have a proper understanding of what people expect to see on you site and what you expect to present to visitors or potential clients. The key is being well equipped for designing a website, creating content that converts to sales and presenting an overall easy-to-navigate website. You will require:

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  • A template
  • Hosting
  • A domain name
  • Store plugins

Using Templates

Something that can be very helpful to you when designing a website is the availability of web-design templates online. These templates make the process easier by allowing you to put your own content into a pre-designed template for a professional-looking website. Templates have a standard option of allowing you to edit and apply different changes according to what you prefer. Nowadays, people prefer using a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress because of the large variety of templates. It’s safe to say that you can run a website on WordPress with the option of turning it into a blog.

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When it comes to your design, go through it one element at a time, filling in things as you go from most important to least important. Keep in mind that most websites are converting over to a more graphical interface with a lot of transitions and flexibility. The ideal website gives adequate focus to your product or selling proposition, whilst being clean and unique to your brand style. The template will likely let you add tabs and pages as needed, so it is unlikely you will run out of space. You will probably be able to include everything you want in your new site’s design.

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Hosting And Domains

When it comes to hosting and domains, it’s best you outline the amount of traffic you aim to target. Is it a website targeting a local audience, or an international one? Once you establish the kind of traffic you want, you can choose a hosting plan that is sufficient for your website and your financial situation. Most host-providing services, such as Bluehost or GoDaddy, offer domain names with their hosting packages.

Store Plugins

If you choose to use WordPress as a CMS, there are ample plugins that make it extremely convenient to set up an online store. There are also subscription options, and so much more. If you choose not to use WordPress, coding seems like the next best option and the use of an HTML or CSS coder could be your next move.

Creating a website doesn’t have to be difficult or require the aid of a professional. You can easily get professional help online, or follow step-by-step guides provided on YouTube and popular blogs dealing with internet marketing and websites. In your design and landing page, remember to proofread carefully for typing mistakes or grammatical and spelling errors, as these will make your page look unprofessional and will cause your information—no matter its focus—to lose credibility with your readers. Remember to have a plan of action when it comes to the marketing, design, hosting and overall performance of your site and you’ll be on your way to having a successfully built website.

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. Hello promotion, here I come!
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. No, thanks Alzheimer’s; you and I are just not a good fit.

So how to train your brain to learn faster and remember more?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new.

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.” Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

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But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

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Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

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I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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