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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 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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