First thing’s first: you’ll never be able to attract visitors to your website or get them to make a purchase on your website if it’s not designed effectively. Therefore, once you have your business plan in place and you have an idea as to how you want your business to run, the first thing you’ll need to do is get your website up and running.
Hiring a Designer vs. DIY
You’re probably wondering whether you need to hire a professional to do your website design or if you can do it yourself. The answer is that it really depends on how comfortable you are working with new software and, frankly, how much time you have on your hands. With as many great website building programs as there are on the market these days, most people are perfectly capable of creating their own websites and can do so for much cheaper than it would cost to hire a web designer.
There are many considerations you’ll want to keep in mind as you design your website. For starters, if you don’t know HTML coding, then you’ll want to find an easy-to-use program that will allow you to design your site and generate the coding for you. There are plenty of both free and paid programs that will do this for you these days.
Regardless, when it comes to designing your website in a way that’s useful to your users as well as visually appealing, it’s best to stick to no more than three main colors in your color palette. Furthermore, opt for an easy-to-read font, such as a sans serif like Arial. Finally, always make sure that your website is responsive–that is, it can be viewed and optimized for any mobile device, browser, or platform. Somebody browsing your site on a smartphone should be able to enjoy the same experience as somebody browsing from a tablet or desktop computer.