Being a web designer I get asked a lot of questions about websites all the time! Today I’m starting a group of blog posts dedicated to questions that I get asked all the time. I’m hoping that by the end of this mini blog post series you will have learned a lot about creating your own website.
The first question I’m tackling today is ‘Why Should I Create a Website?’. I get asked this question so often and it’s not an easy question to answer. There are so many variables! I’m going to try to break it down for you and hopefully help you to decide if creating a website is the best option for you.
So before we start we need to make sure that we understand the definition of a website. The official definition from Wikipedia is:
‘A website, also written as web site, or simply site, is a set of related web pages served from a single web domain.’
That seems like kind of a broad statement. A few pages of information on the web can be considered a website? Technically that is true but what use is that! Websites these days are far more advanced than that. Websites have a home page with multiple web pages, blogs, images, videos, podcasts and more!
I like to think of a website as your home on the web. And just like a real home it has an address. On the internet that address is known as a web domain. An example of this is the web domain for my website, corribdigital.com or Googles web domain, google.com.
The great thing about a website is its vast number of uses. A website can be used personally, commercially, by governments or even by non-profits. Anyone can create a website and they can do whatever they want with it. That is what makes a website so powerful.
When I hear about an interested new product or service the first thing I do is I Google it. If they don’t have a website that I can use to get more information straight away I think that they are being unprofessional. It is very important to have a web presence. While you might have a YouTube account or a Facebook page or Twitter account I think that a website is the most important part of that web presence. Why? Because your website can be the place you send everyone to find your YouTube account or your Facebook page or your Twitter account. A website acts as your hub on the web.
You also have to remember that there are over 2 billion people worldwide using the internet. This could be a huge new opportunity to grow your business or personal brand. A website gives you the potential to reach a huge demographic of people from all over the world.
So yes. There are many reasons why you should create a website but there are some times when you probably shouldn’t create a website too. Maybe a website doesn’t suit your business. For example, if you are a GP in a local community it probably wouldn’t be worth investing money in a website expecting a return because all of your patients are from the local area. Sometimes it’s better not to make a website. However, if you were a GP in a local community and you wanted to make a website that gives patients information about treating certain illnesses so that they don’t have to come into the Doctor so often that would be well worth an investment. It would help you as a Doctor so that you can clear some space in your schedule for patients with more serious illnesses. Another thing is if you are not willing to spend any money on a website don’t make one. Why? Because the free options are all terrible. They don’t have many good features and they will destroy your brands reputation and professionalism instead of helping it.
So there are a few reasons why you should create a website as well as some reasons why you should create a website. If you feel like you need to create a website for personal use or for your business I’ll be glad to help you out. Just go to this page and fill out the form and I’ll get in touch with you about creating your own website as soon as possible. If you want to have a go at making your own website without a design keep an eye on this blog because I’m going to be writing in-depth tutorials on creating your very own website from scratch very soon.
Thank you very much for reading this article and I hope it was of some help to you.