It’s the 21st century and technology is moving faster than ever.
The whole world is practically living online – we socialize, shop, study, and entertain ourselves through the world-wide-web.
Aside from the obvious reason of being able to keep up with technology, here are another 4 reasons why everyone (including you) should learn how to build a website.
1. It’s not as hard as you think
Often, people think that you need to be some sort of computer genius or hold a master’s degree before even thinking about building a website.
The truth is, it’s wayyyyy easier than what you think it is. Most people are more than capable of learning how to build and manage a basic blog or e-commerce store.
If you are comfortable using the internet, managing your Facebook account, sending emails. and you can install and remove basic software, then you will have no problem building a website.
Platforms, such as WordPress (which I absolutely love and used to build this website) make building and managing a website an absolute piece of cake.
As with all programs, it will take a bit of time to get your head around it and learn where all the buttons are. But once you have, it is all very simple.
2. You do not need to take an expensive and lengthy coding course
Although coding knowledge will help, you can still build a beautiful and fully-functional website with zero coding skills.
And if you do get stuck, you have the internet at your fingertips! Just Google, ‘how do I do X’, and I bet that someone has already made a short YouTube video walking you through it click-by-click.
I am completely self-taught and I have managed to create websites that bring in £10,000+ worth of sales every month – and all without having to write a single piece of code.
There are skilled developers out there who are able to build whole (and very complex) websites from scratch through the use of code. But frankly, unless you want to want to start the next Amazon superstore, then this level of skill is not needed.
You will be more than able to build a blog or small business website without any coding knowledge.
3. It’s much cheaper than you think
If you go to a company and ask them to build you a website, you are looking at at least €500 for a basic website made up of a few pages. Plus they will probably charge you for additional email accounts and any changes that you need making to the site in the future, and possibly even ongoing costs for server space.
Here’s my little secret – it is possible to build a website for free!
With WordPress you can, “create a free website or easily build a blog on WordPress.com with free hosting and support.”
As you start to build bigger and better websites and attract more traffic, then you are going to have to start paying (costs can be as little as a couple of quid per month) but to get you going, the free services from WordPress will work just fine.
Should you want to host your website yourself, then there are a number of hosting companies available. My favorite (and the one that I use and would highly recommend) is SiteGround.
4. It opens up a whole new can of possibilities
Once you are comfortable to sit at a computer and build and maintain your own website, you suddenly have a whole heap of new opportunities open to you.
I am not saying that you’ll start to get job offers from Facebook and Google, but you will be able to start and understand how to create an income through the internet.
You will start to look at social media sites, Google, YouTube, blogs, and e-commerce sites in a whole new way.
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In order to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs
Let’s be honest, your first website probably isn’t going to win any awards.
But that’s okay, you have to start somewhere.
The single best piece of advice that I can give you is to get going and make lots of mistakes – because each time you break your website, you’ll learn how to fix it.
Enjoy the learning curve!