Create an impressive website in an hour

By | November 8, 2011

Website creation and design has the reputation of being time-consuming and complicated. While this is often the case, there are alternative solutions to consider for those short on time and high on ideas. Although an hour is barely enough to fit in a quick workout, it’s amazing what new technology allows you to do in that time.

Of course you don’t have to spend an hour creating a website – spend as long as you want. But in terms of lunch breaks, top secret missions and free time between your favourite TV programmes, here’s a guide on how to create a website in an hour…stopwatches at the ready.


Pronto preparation

You need to have an idea of how you want your website to look. Whether it’s for a company or for personal use, I’m sure you’ll be pretty clued up on what you want to represent. Now, have a quick look around the web. There are masses and masses of websites out there, some of which are brilliantly designed and some, let’s face it, are just plain awful. You want to make a winning first impression so taking inspiration from the very best of the websites out there is a must – having high expectations will get you far. Maybe make some sketches and take some quick notes on things that stand out to you and features which could benefit your site. This is already half the battle won.


Speedy start

Starting the process of making a website can seem like a mean task which is why you sometimes need a little helping hand. Using a website builder is probably the fastest way you’re going to be able to set one up. That way you won’t have to spend time messing around with complex code as it’s all done for you. Website builders are continually developing and whilst they are not everybody’s preferred choice you can’t argue with the fact that they are super-speedy. However, this is by no means a quick-fix solution. You will not have to sacrifice quality for speed. You literally can have the best of both worlds with this method. Tech experts all around the world are always thinking of ways to make your lives easier and to possess the ability to do twice as many things in half the time. In effect, they are allowing us to cheat our way to being superhuman. So, in regards to website builders, we are able to create a website even faster than Superman.


Brisk building

A selection of templates will be offered to you by the website builder site. The trick is to choose the right one for you. If it’s for a photography portfolio for example, you’re not going to want a template which focuses mainly on text so choose one that supports lots of images. If your website is for an online shop then you might want to choose a template that allows for multiple sections on the homepage and for a variety of images to be used. Choosing the right template is really important as the way your information is displayed is going to make all the difference in terms of promotion and first impressions.


Design in a dash

Using a website does not mean you have to scrimp on design options, far from it in fact. You may have the impression that it’s all regimented formats, basic options and simple, dated designs. After all, you don’t want your website to look boring and a replica of another built site do you? You might as well have a website which says ‘Insert title here’. Creators of online web builders have cottoned on to this fear-factor and have developed a range of easy to use design tools. This will allow you to design more in depth as each layer can be customised to detail and can vary from page to page. Columns and rows can be adjusted to your specification meaning no site will look the same.

Now is the time to be creative and really get into the swing of things. Be confident and even go as far as to adopt a persona if you like. Imagine you are a top web designer, making snap decisions and choosing styles on demand. Add your content, keep it engaging and relevant. Insert a company logo for a professional touch and include images and videos to make it your own. A lot of website building sites will have a drag and drop feature which allows you to add widgets, images and different sections very quickly while also moving them around your page. It’s no harder than using every day office software.


Chop-chop changes

So you’ve completed your website and still have time to make a quick cup of tea. You should be feeling pretty pleased with yourself. However, if you do go back and think ‘What was I thinking with that font?’ or have noticed a spelling error, you will be able to put your website into edit mode and make these changes within a few seconds. No sweat. Managing your site through a website builder couldn’t be easier, allowing your site’s content to remain fresh and up-to-date.


About the guest post author: Alex Woods is an online writer and blogger at BaseKit – an online website builder. She enjoys finding interesting topics to write about and sharing them with others.