Is Do-It-Yourself Web Design Practical for Anyone?

Here’s the straight truth:Do it yourself website design

Yes, and No

How to know if you’re a good candidate for do-it-yourself web design:

You may not want to do your own web design if you:

  • Have a complex e-commerce site with lots of moving parts
  • Have tens of thousands of dollars in your marketing budget and are short on time (in that case, hire a web developer)

If you’re ready to tackle your own web design project, this post will outline exactly what you need.

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How Can I Make My Own Website Rock?

You’re not a web designer, you can’t afford a web designer, and you need a website for your business. Not just any website: it needs to look professional, function perfectly and be easy to maintain. In short, it needs to rock.

Is this something you can do yourself?

In short, yes.

I believe you can create your own website, and with a few tips, you can make it rock. Read on to find out how.

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How to Entice, Invite, and Engage with a Static Home Page

This week, I have a brand-new home. Home page, that is. Take a look at Go ahead … I’ll wait!

Ever since Big Brand System started in early 2010, visitors to the site landed on the blog page. It was working, so why would I change it?

Read on to discover the advantages to a static home page — especially if your site is primarily a blog — and why you might want to experiment with one, too.

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Your Never-Ending Website Project: How to Accept and Embrace the Ball and Chain

Website maintenance
Updating your website might feel like a ball and chain around your ankle. But it can become an ongoing task you enjoy!

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but your website will never be done. And that’s good.

Don’t think of website maintenance like other business tasks like drafting an email, writing a report, or creating a proposal. It has a beginning, but it has no end.

That may sound daunting (or depressing!), but it’s not so bad if you change the way you approach it.

Today’s post spells out how to keep up with your website maintenance, and what you should work on to make your site better over time.

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The 13 Minute, 33 Second Website

Last year, I converted the Big Brand System website over to the Prose theme by StudioPress, and wrote a review about it here.

But Prose is So … Plain

Prose is plain when you first see it. Let’s face it, when you go to the StudioPress theme showcase, Prose looks like the wallflower theme that never gets a turn on the dance floor because she’s so ordinary looking.

Dress Her Up and She’s Ready to Go in 15 Minutes

I’m here to report that Prose will help you create a gorgeous custom website that’s full of color and images, and is 100% unique … and you will be astounded at how fast it is.

In the video above, I prove it to you: watch as I put together a custom website style in 13 minutes and 33 seconds without knowing a line of code.

Question of the Week

Do you use WordPress and a premium theme? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

I know my readers are WordPress users, but there are also plenty of Drupal, Joomla and HTML websites out there. Let me know what you’re using, and share any questions you may have about the video above.

Your Small Business Website: 10 Reasons to Sweat the Details

Your website can be one of your most powerful marketing allies, or it can send the wrong message and drive your prospects into your competitors’ arms. Which will it be for you?

Small business websites

Today’s post is designed to make you think about all the ways your website could work for you. First, though, you have to sweat the details. Get started by grabbing a few of the suggestions below, and applying them to your site this week.

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