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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 March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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