Are you thinking of having your interior design website built for you? Just hold your horses for a moment, and read on...
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand since 1997, you will know that the first place anyone looks when they need to find an interior designer or a curtain maker is Google.
Once a potential clients has found you on Google, they click through to your website, and from your website they will judge whether they want to get in touch with you.
So your website needs to be good looking. It needs to showcase who you are and the results you can create for people.
But what do you do if you are just starting out (or if you really have had your head buried in sand since 1997) and you don’t have a website?
A friend of mine was recently quoted... wait for it... £2000 for a simple website to be built!
As my 12 year old would say.
I also had another client whose web designer was going to charge them £85+VAT (for FIVE hours) to update their GDPR settings!
And another whose designer couldn't upload her photos for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!
Now, don’t misunderstand me. If you need a whizzy- bang website with all sorts of widgets and gadgets then yeah, I get how it might cost you £2000.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against professional web design. In fact, I have huge respect for web designers; they are a talented lot.
But a simple site, with a few images of your best work and a contact page?
You can build it yourself and have it fully hosted for around £10 per month!
building a website is scary, right?
Look, back in the olden days, building a website *was* scary. You had to know some coding (html, what??) then there were issues about how host your site, how to keep it secure.... on and on.
Quite frankly it was a minefield.
But things have changed. It's not like that any more!
You can build your website in less than one day, starting from scratch, with your own domain name, fully hosted for just £10 per month.
And I'm not just talking some out-of-date, DIY looking website either. I'm talking professional, slick looking and enticing.
Doesn't that sound better?
But isn't it difficult to build your own site?
If you can use Microsoft Word (or packages like it), you will be able to build a good looking website in a matters of hours (if not minutes).
Seriously, if you can type and upload pictures, you can build your own website.
So where to start?
There are lots of different tools you can use to build your website. My own site is built on Wordpress.org (not wordpress.com, that's a different thing), which has all sorts of fancy-pants widgets and gadgets, but it's a bit overkill if all you're wanting is to showcase your work, and to have people contact you.
My personal recommendation for people starting out is to use a website builder called Squarespace, because it is really easy and intuitive to use.
Once you've signed up and got going, you simply click what you want to see (images, text, whatever) and drag it onto the page, wherever you want it to appear.
Squarespace takes care of all the tricky bits, like making sure it looks good across all devices, making sure your SEO is right and making sure that you are indexed on Google.
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