The Low Stress Way to DIY Your Website

Website Planning

Stress, Confusion + Overwhelm are all common side effects of webby stuff and when it comes to DIY website design, there’s no better way to describe the feelings that ensue.

There’s so much to learn and you’re probably working on 20 different elements at any given time while Googling words and abbreviations you’ve come across like CSS, HTML, CMS, Pixel, White space, Contrast and Alignment, Header, Above the fold etc…

It’s exhausting just thinking about that stuff!
What if I told you that building your own website would be so much easier if you just KISS-ed more?

Stress, Confusion + Overwhelm are all common side effects of webby stuff and when it comes to DIY website design, there’s no better way to describe the feelings that ensue. There’s so much to learn and you’re probably working on 20 different elements at any given time while Googling words and abbreviations you’ve come across like CSS, HTML, CMS, Pixel, White space, Contrast and Alignment, Header, Above the fold etc… It’s exhausting just thinking about that stuff!

Ever heard the phrase ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’?

Most people think if you know more about website design, things will be easier.

That’s not entirely true in most cases.
The truth is, the more you try to learn, the more likely you’ll end up further from your desired outcome. It’s better described as procrastination or shiny object syndrome.

Seth Godin said it best in one of his most recent posts – How big is your shortcut budget?

“All of us are willing to spend a little time and a little money looking for a shortcut now and then. A quicker, more effective way to lose weight, make friends, earn money and get clean, fresh breath. Sometimes, one of those shortcuts pays off and it reinforces our belief that there might just be a better way.

It seems, though, that those that spend the most effort in search of shortcuts are often the most disappointed and the least successful.”

To build a website (one that meets specific goals) on your own has so many layers that the more you dig, the more you feel you have to learn before you can launch.

What if I told you that you’re wasting your time trying to learn it all.

That my friend, is the truth because you end up overwhelmed + implementing nothing.

The most important part you’re missing is – PLANNING. That’s why I created The Essential Website Planning Checklist to help you get clear about what’s really important and maintain focus. It’s also great direction for your designer to give them a clear idea about what you expect for your website.

 

Download the Checklist

 

It will ensure that your website goals are met so it won’t just look pretty, it will also work to bring in leads and convert to sales too. Most people want to jump ahead to the cool bits like graphics and headers and customised share and like buttons and funky widgets that let visitors see what you had for lunch via Instagram but unless your goal is to increase your Instagram followers, you’re wasting your time.

The problem is:

  • You mull around trying to get your website to look gorgeous instead of focusing on how your website is going to work.
  • There’s no real thought about how you expect a real visitor to use and consume your site. You may not even know who your website is for?
  • There’s no thought about how your site is going to be laid out so your ultimate goals are met. You probably don’t even know what you want your website to do for you? Which in itself, is an absolute waste of time building one.

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else” – Yogi Berra

Let me be real blunt for a sec…

Tech stuff that comes with DIY website design isn’t the cause of your stress. Naive expectations are. But it’s not your fault and there is a solution but first, if you took a minute to plan for your new website, and got really clear on paper {or digital paper if that’s your thing}, you would have something solid to keep you focused on what it is you’re trying to achieve.

  • You would know where and what to spend your time on.
  • You would know what’s really important, and by important I mean, what’s going to get you results.
  • You would know what you have to do in order to get to the next step which will lead you to the desired outcome faster.

So if you’re feeling a tad overwhelmed by creating your online space, take a moment now to download The Essential Website Planning Checklist by clicking the download button below.

 

Download the Checklist

 

KISS more. Stress less [over the tech]

I’d love to hear in the comments below what you’re working on and how you’ll apply these tips to your project? I’m listening…

Have you downloaded The Essential Website Planning Checklist yet?

I invite you to go ahead and do than now. 

Discover what it really takes to build a website that actually works to meet your goals.

 

GET THE CHECKLIST!

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