If you want to become an expert (and be perceived as one too) you need experience, right? That means work done that shows what you can make. It's more than likely that you don't have clients when you are beginning, so a good idea is to start by making your own website. You'll need to have a portfolio eventually, but right now we are just looking for online presence. You can go back to it later and make something fancier when you've improved your skills. When you are working for yourself it's easy to lose focus or to enter in an infinite loop of changes in your work. Our advice is to set a date for your website launch and stick to it. Make a work calendar and schedule all your projects, from your learning aims to the creation of your portfolio. Remember to be organized (keeping a to-do list can be helpful) and always (ALWAYS) test your work before launching it. Work on any project as if it were a paid one. That way, you'll be prepared for eventual troubles when you're working on a professional project.
I think for me personally, the web designing and development is around troubleshooting, managing and maintaining the blog/website. I am happy to pay someone now to solve this issue for me but can’t find anyone because I have not built my relationship with the designers yet. So all bloggers should keep in mind that if they have ambitious plans to grow, they will need design and development at some stage of certain degree.
Another common concern is that you don’t have much content to add for frequent updates or you don’t have time to blog. The short answer is that you don’t need to. Sure, more activity and frequently refreshed content can generate more interest, but any Web presence is probably better than none. Once you have a basic website, you can always add to it, as your business and resources grow.

WordPress doesn’t have the most user-friendly layout design. For example, if you want to add large slideshow at the top of your page, you may need to add a plugin or custom code snippet (if the template doesn’t have a slideshow tool pre-built into the layout).  If you want to move some content around the page, you have to edit codes.  It felt like every time we wanted to make edits to the design, we had to pay our developer to help us, since we didn’t know how to code back then.

Some web designers/developers like to install WordPress manually to get a custom install of the components they want and don’t want. Others will need to manually install because their web host does not have the “1-click-installation” capability. If this applies to you then you’ll need to have a quick read through of my Manual WordPress Set-Up Guide.


Check out my portfolio at aaronchatham.com Passion, hustle and experience is the name of the game. One unique element I add is a Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. The same fuel that drives me to continually learn and work hard is the same fuel that drives to keep my customers 100% satisfied. If my work does not meet the requirements or expectations we discuss initially, I will happily refund your money... guaranteed! As a Microsoft Certified Professional in both Office 365 and SharePoint technologies, Aaron has a solid combination of technical skills ranging from basic desktop support to more complex experiences with solution architecture and corporate SharePoint migrations. Along with his geeky side, he also brings a solid understanding of the business having been a business analyst at a major fortune 500 company for 2 years. Recently, he has focused more on the Office 365 development and administration earning his 70-346 and 70-347 Microsoft certifications. Over the past 5 years Aaron has primary worked all things SharePoint in development, web design, PowerShell, company wide training, and end-user assistance. In his community Aaron has served on the board of the local user group (JaxSPUG) for over 2 years. Outside of his current positions as a Business Solutions Technology Specialist III at Corporate One Federal Credit Union he is married to his beautiful wife Stephanie and has two even more precious baby girls. (don’t tell his wife that) With a love for technology, an understanding of the business and the passion to help others, Aaron brings a set of solid skills and experiences that he takes pride in when dealing with each unique customer.

BUT I must say, if at that stage I had the money to hire a Web Designer, even with WordPress (and others) being so simple to set up – I would definitely have done that. I’m not a slow learner, but there are so many things to learn and I had to learn all that, plus photo editing, plus SEO, plus everything else as well as write regular blogs and work as well = SUPER FAST BLOGGER BURNOUT.

Offering 28 years of experience in design, I take a lot of pride in every project I take on. I have worked in various printing and advertising agencies since 1991 and my experience includes financial, law, healthcare, retail, real estate and MLM industries. I own my own graphic design company, Graphical Solutions LLC, so I am not beholden to an outside full time job and am available to help you whenever you need me. Please check out some of my work in my work in my portfolio. Clients and projects include Cornell University, Stryker Orthopedics, Fantastic Sams, Remax, Kellar Williams, Marcus & Millichap, Boys and Girls Club, Talk Fusion, Young Living Essential Oils, BACtrack, TheVIG-Chicago, BookTrib/Meryl Moss Media, Summerwinds Resorts, Nassau County NY Police Department, Idaho State Police, Blix Bikes and many more. Here are just a few of the things I can do for you: Websites • Mailchimp campaigns/lists/promotions/form builders • Corporate Branding • Real Estate Offering Memorandums • Social Media Headers/Banners and Postings/Campaign Designs • Animated GIFs • eBooks • Email Templates • Brochures • Flyers • Logos • Stationery Packages • Magazine Ads • Posters • Web Banners • Postcards • Invitations for Baby Showers, Parties, Announcements or Weddings. Have something else in mind? Let me know and I will enthusiastically take it on! I work hard for every one of my clients and my feedback proves it...I make sure that the final product you want is exactly what you'll receive. My strongest skills are in Adobe Photoshop, Muse, InDesign and Illustrator. So, if you hire me, you won't be disappointed!


My name is Jamie Spencer and I have been building websites since the beginning of the internet ( shows my age a bit! ) I’ve also been blogging as my main source of income for the past eight years. I have created and sold a wide variety of websites and blogs in different niches which means I am probably in a great place to help you create your first website.
...freelancer, please read on: Need to build a responsive website based on October CMS. What is needed to be built for the first phase are the webpages leading up to the shopping cart page. In other words, the front end for all pages from the home page to the category page to the individual product page needs to be built. However the shopping cart will
WordPress is best for companies needing a dynamic website that is highly customizable. Starting at $4/month, each package tier offers more storage and design capabilities, as well as add-ons like premium themes, Google Analytics integration, plug-ins, the ability to accept simple payments, and advanced SEO. Their website builder offers customizable backgrounds, font and theme colors, images, and more via a navigation menu of editing options.
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Hello - I require a modern and well-designed landing page for a health product. The main product is in a small bottle ...main product is in a small bottle so the site would kind of be designed around that and use images of people and the bottle to sell it. I'm looking for a really creative designer with a strong skill set to bring it to life! Thanks
The answer is: You could build a website yourself, but...Most do-it-yourself companies and even Yahoo will offer free websites or discounted web hosting to get you hooked. But what they don't tell you is, that their software used to build a website is proprietary. That means that they (the company) owns the rights to that website that you have just built and you can not move it, even if you find a better deal somewhere else. So that means that you would have to rebuild that website again from the start on different software and try to make it compatible with servers and multiple browsers.
BUT I must say, if at that stage I had the money to hire a Web Designer, even with WordPress (and others) being so simple to set up – I would definitely have done that. I’m not a slow learner, but there are so many things to learn and I had to learn all that, plus photo editing, plus SEO, plus everything else as well as write regular blogs and work as well = SUPER FAST BLOGGER BURNOUT.
Take your story to new heights with a blog. It’s a surefire way to ensure customers are routinely coming back to your site — something that cannot be underestimated. Returning customers may make additional online purchases — of products or services — and it will keep your business top-of-mind for them. For this example, as a florist, a blog would ensure customers remember you when they need their next bouquet or recommend you when a friend asks if you know anyone who does flowers for weddings.

Job Requirements & Responsibilities: Work with cross functional teams to design and produce a variety of corporate communications materials, advertisements, newsletters, presentations, signage, forms, videos, tradeshow booths, etc. Ensure design standards and create templates for corporate communication and consistent use and application of the company’s brand(s). Manage external suppli...
Jimdo is another well-established website builder, and is quite useful for those who are a little bit more comfortable with coding. Jimdo enables users to create free, mobile-friendly HTML5 sites. The platform’s top strength is its free online store  as most website builders tend to charge an arm and a leg for this feature. Jimdo also offers a generous 500MB of storage and great customer support.
Even if you decide to build your own website, consider having professional graphics designed for the site; at the very least a logo or brand developed. Using these professional elements can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a professional look over the content on the site to check the quality of the copy, ensure relevant information is positioned correctly, and the user is led through the site in a way that will increase the likelihood of sales.
Hi Chad, Thanks for the great feedback I'm so glad you found it interesting! Depending on the level, scale and budget of your business, I would recommend using Wix. The Wix Bookings App means you can take bookings 24/7, accept secure payments, offer appointments, classes, workshops etc., sync with your Google Calendar, send out auto-reminder emails to clients, and manage your business right from your phone with the Wix Mobile App. You can use Wix Bookings for free, but you will need to sign up to a Business Premium Plan to accept payments through your site, and unlock other advanced features. The cheapest Business plan is the Business Basic plan at $20 a month. You can read our Wix Pricing Review for a full look at each plan. If you wanted a more ecommerce focused builder, check out Shopify or BigCommerce. Both are specialized ecommerce builders which have powerful tools to grow and support your business. While they are more focused on physical goods, you can download apps and use their in-built features to sell services and digital goods. You can read our in-depth reviews on each by following the links. Hope that helps and best of luck with the business, Lucy
When you control the tools, know the field and have your own website, it's time to start working on projects for others. First thing you have to do is decide whether you want to work in a study or agency or as a freelance designer. Either way, there are some things you have to take into account if you want to be taken seriously as a web designer. Build a portfolio site and keep it updated. Keep in mind that you're working in a constantly changing field, what three years ago was in fashion may look outdated now, so showcasing your most recent works is crucial to cast a professional image. Analise your work, know what you can or can't do, where you want to get and what you are willing to learn. Being aware of your skills is important to put a prize on your work and market it. Don't underestimate yourself, but remember that your first jobs are not about making money, but gaining experience and contacts. Design is a very subjective matter and web design is no exception. If you want to get the job, you must learn how to sell yourself. Work on your communication skills, create a personal brand, market yourself and remember to be organized and learn from your experiences, take problems as opportunities to learn and improve yourself as a professional designer. Now you are on the way to success, remember it takes patience, nothing good comes easy. Have a positive attitude and enjoy the ride.
*The reason we mention the Flash animations is that it is our earnest aim to educate all business owners about the dangers of using Flash on your website. Most people (apart from Flash designers) find animations extremely annoying when they are trying to buy something. They load slowly, do not show up correctly on many people’s computers, and most of all, distract the customer from what he is supposed to be doing which is purchasing something. Unless you are selling Flash graphics, don’t have Flash on your site. Apart from the annoyance factor, Flash graphics read as blanks to the folks at Google, Yahoo & MSN, thus wasting your valuable web space that should be used for your text content and products.

To me, a web designer is skilled in not only modern website design as well as fundamentals of both UX and UI (not necessarily programming, but the visual aspect, as well as understanding flow, and functionality), but also how design isn’t just something that looks good – it HAS TO have a purpose. This is why I feel that web designers should also understand marketing.
So you need a website built, but you don’t know where to start. If you’re like most of us, your first instinct is to pull up a search on Google. However, you’re quickly overwhelmed with options—all of which claim to be the best! So what do you do? How do you decide? Lists are a dime a dozen on the Internet, but they often lack the depth we need to make a good decision. In order to know what our best options are, we have to know the details. There are three specific avenues you can go through to receive a website design. All three of them have their own unique pros and cons.
Offering 28 years of experience in design, I take a lot of pride in every project I take on. I have worked in various printing and advertising agencies since 1991 and my experience includes financial, law, healthcare, retail, real estate and MLM industries. I own my own graphic design company, Graphical Solutions LLC, so I am not beholden to an outside full time job and am available to help you whenever you need me. Please check out some of my work in my work in my portfolio. Clients and projects include Cornell University, Stryker Orthopedics, Fantastic Sams, Remax, Kellar Williams, Marcus & Millichap, Boys and Girls Club, Talk Fusion, Young Living Essential Oils, BACtrack, TheVIG-Chicago, BookTrib/Meryl Moss Media, Summerwinds Resorts, Nassau County NY Police Department, Idaho State Police, Blix Bikes and many more. Here are just a few of the things I can do for you: Websites • Mailchimp campaigns/lists/promotions/form builders • Corporate Branding • Real Estate Offering Memorandums • Social Media Headers/Banners and Postings/Campaign Designs • Animated GIFs • eBooks • Email Templates • Brochures • Flyers • Logos • Stationery Packages • Magazine Ads • Posters • Web Banners • Postcards • Invitations for Baby Showers, Parties, Announcements or Weddings. Have something else in mind? Let me know and I will enthusiastically take it on! I work hard for every one of my clients and my feedback proves it...I make sure that the final product you want is exactly what you'll receive. My strongest skills are in Adobe Photoshop, Muse, InDesign and Illustrator. So, if you hire me, you won't be disappointed!
Jimdo: A great all-in-one solution that is easy to use which includes an online store, blog and mobile app. Jimdo packages are decently-priced and the website building is done with responsive a web design that look good on every device. However, the number of available templates in this website builder is somewhat limited. You also lack in extra functions and add-ons because there is no official app store. For details about the pros and cons please take a look at our full Jimdo review.
The first thing you need to consider is that learning a lot of these, no matter how simple they are, will take you a lot of time if it is all brand new to you (here’s the story from my last re-design). This is tempting to a lot of small business owners because it saves you money, but it also takes time away from building your actual business. Choose wisely.
Because web designers tend to work as freelancers on a project basis, they must be excellent communicators, willing to manage their own work, and available on your schedule. Some critical skills, such as working collaboratively and responding enthusiastically to feedback, aren’t core to good web design, but make working with a web designer much easier. Finally, look for a web designer who has cross-functional knowledge, such as understanding marketing and conversion rate optimization in addition to web design.
Well explained. This blog covers almost all the spheres of the topic. Website for small business is immensley important in todays's digital world as it lays down the digital presence of every business which is quite important for today's digital world. Many services of websites for small business are offered nowadays by companies so that every business can have a workable and efficient website.
Just a note for those of you who may be looking for a recommendation. I used SiteBuilder for 10 years and they are phenomenal! Supported by intuit I think, so they are not going anywhere. I owned my domain name and was able to transfer at anytime. I am anything but computer savvy. But they are idiot proof and always available to assist. Fantastic layouts and design tools. I had dozens of pages with thousands of pics. Paypal. I did upgrade and it was WELL worth the $20 to $25 dollars I paid monthly. I am here because I do not need such space for my new business. So I will check out these sites also. (Thanks for putting them all together for us). But I have a feeling I will go back to SiteBuilder.
Well explained. This blog covers almost all the spheres of the topic. Website for small business is immensley important in todays's digital world as it lays down the digital presence of every business which is quite important for today's digital world. Many services of websites for small business are offered nowadays by companies so that every business can have a workable and efficient website.
So, what do I mean by that? That sounds weird. So, when I say designer, I mean someone who’s strictly an artist, and there’s a lot of those out there. A lot of ‘designers’ are only concerned about the aesthetics of the site. What it looks like, or if its unique, or if it follows the latest website design trends. But at the end of the day they don’t really ‘get it’ when it comes to what the primary purpose of a website is.
If you’re looking to get online with minimal fuss and care more about functionality than appearances, 1&1 IONOS’s builder is a quality option. It’s built for business use with lots of scalable tools. This means it’s great for growing small businesses, offering useful tools like accounting assistance, and local business listings.  As your business grows, the site can too – it’s more than just a website builder.

Skillcrush’s Web Designer Blueprint covers all the skills you need to become a web designer—without leaving the couch. Our courses are fully online and include 24/7 access to materials as well as lots of support from friendly instructors and your fellow budding web designers in the special online student community. You’ll even learn how to find, land, and complete your first paying web design project — all in just 3 months!

Hi, just came across this article. Its a fantastic illustration of how small to medium sized businesses can use Awards based promotion to get their companies recognised on the 1st page of Google. Awards programmes offer many benefits to winners. After all they bring recognition and you can share the news of your win with your employees, clients, industry peers and target market as many times as you like. Additonally awards offer prestige and status, giving potential customers peace of mind that they are working with a reputable company. There are many types of awards programmes, including those that host awards ceremonies (and you pay per table), organisations that award only their members (and you pay for membership and sponsorship) and those that provide promotional materials. The latter is a great way for those who are unsure about the benefits of using corporate awards programmes because generally nominees and winners do not have to pay a penny to be a participant. Winners often receives online recognition, usually with a reach much greater than their own marketing efforts can deliver. Other free benefits can include the use of an press release. Most participants have the option to purchase additional marketing materials to further enhance their win, if they wish to, for use in social media campaigns, on their own website, email marketing campaigns or in customer newsletters.
Just a note for those of you who may be looking for a recommendation. I used SiteBuilder for 10 years and they are phenomenal! Supported by intuit I think, so they are not going anywhere. I owned my domain name and was able to transfer at anytime. I am anything but computer savvy. But they are idiot proof and always available to assist. Fantastic layouts and design tools. I had dozens of pages with thousands of pics. Paypal. I did upgrade and it was WELL worth the $20 to $25 dollars I paid monthly. I am here because I do not need such space for my new business. So I will check out these sites also. (Thanks for putting them all together for us). But I have a feeling I will go back to SiteBuilder.

Webs is an ideal website builder for small businesses because it offers an unrivalled level of SEO functionality. Built-in search indicators can help you to optimize your new website so that your small business starts to generate organic traffic quicker. The platform’s themes are well-designed. Changes can be made instantly and all of the layouts are relatively intuitive.


I need an undetectable aimbot and ESP (so I can see where enemies are through walls, etc) hack for fortnite battle royale (game is free and built with Unreal Engine). You must have experience writing hacks for games. Their anticheat is BattleEye so it needs a BattleEye bypass as well as the actual cheat. Needs to be undetectable. Do not just download
Hi Filip, glad you found this post useful! A hand-coded website might work if you just need a very simple one-page website, but updating it can quickly become a hassle. Using a website builder (like the ones listed above) gives you easy access to features like contact forms, embedded maps, and more that your visitors are looking for. As a business owner, your time is your most precious asset. Maintaining a hand-coded website takes time away from running your business.
Squarespace is best for graphic design-focused businesses with visual appeal, like marketing companies, artists, photographers, and designers. Starting at $12/month, the learning curve for using its website editor can be comparatively steeper, but they have built-in advanced design tools like Adobe Creative Suite for editing Getty or Unsplash images, allowing the visual craftsman to design to his or her heart’s content.
Ranked as one of UPWORK #1 PROVIDERS! Lisa Saliture has Over 20 years of quality and professional marketing and design services with an eye for detail in graphic design, marketing consulting and professional virtual assistant. Helping small businesses, start up companies and big companies worldwide. Specialties: inbound marketing, social media content development, social media banners, thinking out-of-the-box email marketing, unique website design, magazine design as creative director and chief editor, brochure design, logos, and company collateral. I also provide professional design management, digital imaging editing, and am HUBSPOT CERTIFIED in the area of Inbound Marketing, 2014! I have an executive level ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT background in addition to design & marketing. I believe that knowing HOW to get something done, as only half way there. A great designer also needs to listen well, perform in a timely fashion, and pay close attention to detail and instruction.
From dating to dry cleaning delivery — it seems like everything is done online these days. We always have our phones with us (literally ALWAYS), so to reach the most customers, you absolutely need a website for your business. It’s simply not feasible to not have some connection for your business on the interwebs these days. But what makes a business site successful? And what’s the easiest — and most cost-effective — way to create one if you don’t have any coding experience or a web developer on call?
Hi Susan, Yes, in this article we look at WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com, as the self-hosted platform is more popular - and it also avoids confusion between .com and .org! We use WordPress.org in this article to demonstrate the difference in paying for a drag and drop builder, a self-hosted platform, and a custom website. If you'd like to read more about WordPress.com check out our in-depth review here - it covers tools, ease of use, pricing and more. I hope you found this article useful and interesting, Lucy

But I changed directions in content after a year or so of blogging, so I like that there are affordable options for people still figuring out what their focus is. When I started my website, I hadn’t written anything since college, about 35 years ago. My first WordPress site used a free template and gave me a platform to practice with. I’ll also add that tech support at Bluehost was awesome!
Ranked as one of UPWORK #1 PROVIDERS! Lisa Saliture has Over 20 years of quality and professional marketing and design services with an eye for detail in graphic design, marketing consulting and professional virtual assistant. Helping small businesses, start up companies and big companies worldwide. Specialties: inbound marketing, social media content development, social media banners, thinking out-of-the-box email marketing, unique website design, magazine design as creative director and chief editor, brochure design, logos, and company collateral. I also provide professional design management, digital imaging editing, and am HUBSPOT CERTIFIED in the area of Inbound Marketing, 2014! I have an executive level ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT background in addition to design & marketing. I believe that knowing HOW to get something done, as only half way there. A great designer also needs to listen well, perform in a timely fashion, and pay close attention to detail and instruction.

Hi there. i am pitching a product to a huge company in the entertainment Industry I have their interest to build a dance product that they can i...a huge event on the way... Look forward to chatting further so I can send you the presentation i have started and hopefully completing this with a professional powerpoint designer. excited to hear from you.


Chance are “little Johnny, the computer savant” is not going to be able to help you think the way that your average customer or client would think. He can’t; he’s probably still got a lot of MUSH for brains. Didn’t YOU when you were 15-25 years old? Heck, my own brain didn’t clear from an adolescent fog until I was in my 30s. If your average customer or client is in the 25-50 year old demographic and making in excess of $100K a year – do you REALLY want “little Johnny” thinking on your behalf about HOW to get your business in front of those people?
Yup. According to LSA’s (Local Search Association) April 2017 report, “The Digital Consumer Study,” 63 percent of consumers primarily use a company’s website to find and engage with businesses. That’s a pretty big chunk of consumers. Combine that with the fact that 93 percent of online experiences begin with a search engine—you do the math. Another compelling reason your business needs a website? Research by YellowPages and LSA found that, on average, consumers use approximately three sources before making an individual purchase decision, and 30 percent automatically strike a business from consideration if they don’t have a website.
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