When I started my first e-commerce website I think it was very useful that I knew how to create and edit my own websites. Without having that skill it would have been frustrating and time consuming to try to figure out the best way to design a user-friendly website that I could edit and add content to myself.
I see this as a common problem with those looking to build websites.
Many people pay thousands of dollars to a design who makes them a beautiful site. Then what? The site just sites there like a bump on a log, doing nothing and getting nowhere because the owner does not have a user-friendly site they can actually edit on their own. Many people blow their budget on getting the site designed but have nothing left to pay for expensive website updates anytime they want to make a change.
That’s why I believe it is imperative that you learn how to update and add content to your own website, even if you are going to hire someone to do it for you.
How do you update your own website?
It’s not as hard as you might first think. You don’t have to take years of graphic and website design courses. You don’t have to learn complicated coding that looks like a foreign language you’ll never figure out. You absolutely don’t have to pay thousands to get a professional looking website up and running.
The first way you should know about to build your own website is a website builder. A website builder is usually a website that you log into with templates you can use to build your own website. This is fairly restrictive but the good thing about a website builder is that it’s very easy to use and much like using a program such as Microsoft Word to build your website.
A blog is actually a website, it’s just in a little different format than the standard website. You can get a blog up and running fairly quickly and easily and you can also update it with very little experience.
The problem with both methods to build a website is that the content is hosting on another website. When you host your website anywhere but on your own hosting you are taking a risk that it could be removed at any time and you are also giving up control to the place where you host your content.
My Recommendation for the best way to design a user-friendly website that users can edit content easily is WordPress. Yes, WordPress is also a blogging platform but it can also be use to build a more traditional looking website. It is easy to edit and if you know how to edit Word documents you can probably hit the ground running with this program.
No matter which way you decide to go to build your website keep in mind who will own your content when you’re done, how long it will take you to learn the program and if you can outsource the work at a later date should you need to.