6 Things I Wish I Had Known About Building A Website

Posted By admin On 29/12/21

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In this new year, there are undoubtedly people who have made resolutions to lose weight or who have big endeavors for a fitter future. While those ambitions are valid and anyone is allowed to do whatever they choose with their body, there are some very common phrases that can make your fat friends extremely uncomfortable. As someone who has been curvy her whole life, I have weathered a boatload of friends who mean well but leave me feeling deeply insecure with the words they use. It’s important to think about how others interpret your words and how the things you say can negatively affect the self-confidence of perhaps your closest pals. Here are five phrases you should avoid if you don’t want to shatter a friend’s self-esteem and instead build a positive friendship.

1. “I feel fat.”

Fat isn’t a feeling, it’s an adjective. It describes an object, and it isn’t a negative word, even though the fashion industry wants you to think it is. When you’re thinner than someone and you turn to them with a grimace and say, “Oh my god, I feel so fat,” all we hear is, “Oh my god, I feel ugly . . . like you.” Instead, try describing how you actually feel. Phrases like, “I feel sluggish,” or “I feel full,” are likely what you meant in the first place, so say that.

2. “I need to lose weight.”

It’s likely that this is more of a want than a need for you. When you turn to your friends with large bodies and state that it’s a necessity that you lose weight, we often think that you see us as monstrous and wrong. If you, as a thinner person, “need” to lose weight, that must mean that your biggest fear is eventually looking like us if you don’t do so as soon as possible. Instead, try saying, “I’d like to try working out more often,” or “I’d like to cut some things out of my diet because they don’t make me feel good.” Focus on health, not image. That should be where your brain is anyway.

3. “I wish I could eat that.”

Or, for that matter, any other food-related commentary along these lines. If you’re out to eat with a friend and she ordered, say, a cheeseburger and fries, while you ordered a more vegetable-forward option, there’s no need to comment on the difference. When you say, “I wish I could like eat that,” we hear, “If only I didn’t care about my health, I could make fat, junky choices like you!” (Obviously, there are exceptions for a food allergy or intolerance.) Anything is good in moderation and, likely, your fat friends eat healthily most of the time and have similar workout habits to yourself. Take Lizzo for example. She works out like a machine! Eating out is a treat, so let people treat themselves without being shamed.

4. “Do I look fat in this?”

So what if you did? Would that really be the end of the world? Would the sun explode? No. When you say this phrase, I hear, “Do I look like you? I sure hope I don’t,” and I don’t really care to give you input on a question that has now made me feel terrible about myself.

5. “Do you think she’s pregnant? She looks bigger.”

I feel like celebrities could talk for days about the damage of pregnancy speculations when, in reality, a person has gained a small amount of weight or looks bloated, but I’ll speak to it, too. Bigger does not equal pregnant. Even if you know someone who’s had washboard abs since the day you met and out of the blue now has love handles, that doesn’t mean that person is pregnant. They might just be gaining weight, and that’s fine and also none of your concern. Additionally, weight gain can be the result of many other things, so stop immediately jumping to pregnancy. Thyroid issues, medications, depression, and certain disabilities can all lead to weight gain, so keep your thoughts to yourself and talk about something other than your former sorority sister’s stomach.

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Throughout the summer we’ve been quietly working away at a few projects here at Legally Bold. One of those projects is a refresh of the website. We’re not changing any of the branding elements like the colors, graphics, or tone. (Personally, I find our blend of African Ankara prints and traditional online business design to be quite original.) But we are working on updating the copy.

Quick note – What is Copy?

Copy is written text of any genre within a publication or composition. So newspaper articles can be copy. So can blog posts, research articles, and book chapters. However, in the online business industry, when someone references copy, they usually mean ad copy. Ad Copy is text used expressly for selling. So ad copy is the text you use on your websites, social media ads, and sales pages. The purpose of the words on those assets is to encourage your audience to buy from you.

Why Refresh?

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The longer you remain in the online business industry, the more you realize that your website is never done. You are continually making big (and small) tweaks. This refresh is no different. I’m incorporating some new concepts, methodologies, and processes into my work. So I want the website to reflect that new vision.

As we are refreshing, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of the things I wish I had known about websites before I built my first one over 5 years ago.

When you begin anything in business, it seems that the first try is always way too complicated, time-consuming, and draining. So I’m hoping that these tips will help you avoid some of that burnout when you set out to build your site.

Tip #1 Start Low Tech Then Go High

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My first website was for a service I developed for attorneys where I would handle the back end work on a particular type of matter for a flat rate. It was basically freelancing before I knew attorney freelancing was a thing.

Initially, I didn’t have a website to market my services. I went old school. I made a list of attorneys I wanted to target, then made some sales calls and office visits. However, once my little side hustle started to gain some momentum, I wanted to create a website to further my credibility.

At the time, I knew very little about websites, email lists, or Internet business in general. These were just words that I heard in the background and saw other people do. However, I knew that I wanted to get the site done quickly and with as much ease as possible. Enter the all-in-one website builder.

Online services like Squarespace, Shopify, and Wix make it easy for anyone to build a website without knowing code or really anything about how sites actually work. And unless you’re in the business of website design or copywriting, that’s a good thing. You want to spend your time developing your products or services, not your web design skills.

For a monthly fee, website builders allow you to customize and use done-for-you templates to get your site up and running in about a day. The key to using a website builder is to keep the template customizations simple. Nothing needs to pop up or fade away, and honestly, your customers don’t care. They just want to know more about you, your products or services, and how to make a purchase. That’s all you need.

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Tip #2 – You Only Need 2 Pages To Start

Eventually, if you decide to do this online business thing for real, you’ll want to migrate over to a WordPress site. WordPress is an online, open-source website creation tool. But more importantly, its the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system around today, and it’s free.

Customizing a WordPress site can get really out of control, real quick. So here’s what you need to know — you only need 2 pages on your website at the beginning. (And you can probably get away with one.)

According to research, the most visited pages on any website are the Home page and About page. So as long as one of those two pages has your product or service offerings listed and a way to pay for them, those are the only pages you need. As mentioned earlier, you can get lost in a labyrinth of website design tips, tricks, and optimization if you try to go too big too fast. Instead, focus on executing these two pages really well, and you’re done.

Tip #3 – Determine Your Tech Tolerance

Here’s the secret truth— there’s a lot of frustration when it comes to building websites whether you are using a website builder or WordPress. Learning new tech comes with frustration for everyone. You’re not deficient in any way if it takes you a long time or if you just don’t like it, but you must persevere. The best way to do that is to determine your tech tolerance.

Your tech tolerance is the amount of time you are willing to spend to figure out a piece of tech. That could be anywhere from a few hours to a few days or weeks. Whatever it is, you must promise yourself that once you reach that limit, you will hire someone to finish whatever remains undone. Your hire doesn’t have to be the most expensive person or the most popular. However, the act of hiring will keep up the momentum toward the ultimate goal of finishing your site. There are a lot of half-done websites out there. Don’t let that be you.

Tip #4 Protect Your Valuable Real Estate

The one thing that people always seem to forget is that the purpose of a website is to establish your credibility and then generate leads and sales. That’s it. And the most valuable real estate for getting that job done is the space “above the fold.”

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Above the fold is an old newspaper term that indicates the space on the newspaper above the crease where the paper itself was physically folded. In website speak, “above the fold” is the part of the website you see before you start scrolling.

Just like with newspapers, if you want to make the sale, the real estate “above the fold” must include your most eye-catching message and the most important details relevant to your products or services. If you are starting a law practice, those essential details might be your contact information, a photo of your firm, and a brief message about who you serve.

Whatever you do, don’t squander that real estate by putting up a cool picture of a dolphin if your business has nothing to do with dolphins. The space above the fold will either encourage your visitors to stay on your page or leave. You want them to stay.

Tip #5 – Publish then Polish

I got the phrase “publish then polish” from a feminism marketing consultant I follow name Kelly Diels, and it rang so true for me. You cannot wait for your website to be perfect to publish it. Instead, you need to get it about 75% of the way to perfection, then release it to the world, and tweak as you go. Waiting for perfection means you will never finish your site, and you have a business to run. Instead, publish it, get more clients, and polish as you go. This manages your expectations, decreases your anxiety, and helps to keep your business moving forward.

So what did you think about these website building tips? Helpful or nah? Let me know your suggestions and thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear them.