When you’re building any website, there are a few hard and fast rules that will always apply. It doesn’t matter whether you’re making something simple like a website for your wedding or something more complicated like a platform to connect members of your organization, the basic principles of “how to build a website” are the same for everyone. In this blog post we’ll share the basic best practices for building a website that you should keep in mind.
Best Practices for Building a Website:
When most people start building a website, the common mistake they make at the start is focusing first on very specific aspects of their site, like choosing a background picture or deciding where to put a certain block of text. While these things do matter, spending too much time on them will make a website less organized and add a great deal of time to the process of building a website. What you should do instead when you start to build a website is:
The “big picture” pieces of your website will be determined by Step 2…
An example site map:
Think of your site map as the skeleton of your website. The bubbles and lines in your site map are the bones that connect everything you build on your website together. When you build your website map:
Nielsen group estimates that you have about 10 seconds of a visitor’s time to get their attention and keep them on your page. Having huge, unbroken blocks of text on your site is a basic error often made when building a website, and unfortunately it can be one of the most damaging as it gives your visitors reason to navigate away. To avoid this error when you build your website:
Think back to your site map and the main goal you had when you set out building your website. The pages at the end of each line in your site map should have a direct call to action that accomplishes the overall goal you want from the people who visit your site. Below are a few examples of good, clear calls to action:
After you’ve built your website strategy, drawn your site map, optimized your content, and placed your calls to action, the last consideration you need to make is the overall feel of your website. This is where you need to give special attention to images, stylization, content placement, and anything else that comprises the “aesthetic” we discussed in at the beginning of the post. Think about:
Learning how to build a website that perfectly accomplishes everything you envision is not as difficult as it seems. If you keep these website building best practices in mind, your website will look and feel exactly how you want and will attract the visitors you’ve targeted for it.
This is the first in a series of blog posts we’ll be sharing about best practices on the web, so stay tuned to learn about everything from picking a domain name to making your website secure. You can also head to gen.xyz/101/build-a-website for more in-depth information on how to build a website including logo design, using HTML/CSS, and more. Be sure to check back next month when we’ll discuss how to make your website mobile-friendly. Until then, head over to our YouTube channel to see more internet “how to’s”.
Happy Valentine’s Day #GenXYZ! Unfortunately we can’t give every one of you flowers and chocolates, but with the help of this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we can make sure you plan a perfect Valentine’s Day and choose just the right wine for the occasion: TheLushLife.xyz.
Sarah Tracey is a certified sommelier based in Brooklyn who offers her expert wine advice via her column on MarthaStewart.com, and also serves as Wine Director for Michelin-starred restaurant Rouge Tomate Chelsea. Outside of those two very impressive arenas, you can find Sarah’s wine recommendations on her site TheLushLife.xyz, featuring her blog that is full not only of sage wine advice, but tips on everything from boozy gift ideas to style guides to get the wine country look. After soaking up all the sage advice Sarah offers on her blog, you can also check out her media appearances, explore her tips for which accessories to get and celebrations to try to live the lush life, and even book a private tasting with Sarah herself!
Creating a brand requires time, skill, and a serious passion for what you do. Sarah possesses all of these tools, and she has mastered using them to make TheLushLife.xyz the perfect destination not only for her audience to find the right wine, but to live their best “lush” lives. Do you have what it takes to launch your brand? If you’re up for the challenge, get started with your own .xyz domain today and follow Sarah’s lead to make your impact on the world.
It’s always a great idea to get YourName.xyz so you can use it to show off your skills. Whether you showcase your work portfolio like Xand.xyz or your many hobbies and interests like KarenJWang.xyz, your personal website gives you complete creative control to tell your story to the world. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, a young member of #GenXYZ living at the forefront of fashion, music, and more and shares it all with you using his personal .xyz site: JovelRoystan.xyz.
In his 9 to 5, Jovel helps shape the image of one of the most popular fashion brands as a social media executive at ASOS, and his site also features his past work for companies like Calvin Klein, Remy Martin, Timberland, KSwiss, Lucky Brand, Forever 21, and more. But Jovel’s penchant for dressing sharp isn’t just his job, it’s his brand. On JovelRoystan.xyz you can discover what a career in fashion is really like by reading Jovel’s blog, fill out your wardrobe with all the next big styles using Jovel’s trend report, and even get outfit inspiration from Jovel himself. Beyond fashion, Jovel uses his site to share his favorite music (and how it matches his fashion moods), and allows you to travel with him to all the beautiful places around the world that his career takes him.
“JovelRoystan.xyz serves as more than just a blog—it’s really an evolving creative portfolio of sorts. Moving forward into 2018 I plan on sharing more exciting projects, but I also intend to follow some great advice from a few of my readers and offer more of an intimate look at what I have going on and the things that I care about.
Before launching JovelRoystan.xyz, I ran a blog with an old college buddy of mine, which we launched in 2011. Over the course of five years, we built an exciting brand that celebrated individuality, creativity, and ambition. I think that the idea of a .xyz platform embodies each of these three elements in one way or another, so as I was conceptualizing my personal website, getting a .xyz domain was an easy choice to make. Plus, in my field, I’ve yet to meet another guy with one—which is definitely a plus in my book.
GoDaddy has been my online “fairy godfather” from the jump. When my partner and I launched our site back in school GoDaddy was our domain home, and when the time came around for me to venture off on my own, I felt like it was only right to stay in the family.”
Jovel Roystan, creator of JovelRoystan.xyz
Every person has a story to tell, whether its driven by a lifelong interest in a certain industry, or a unique skill, or even simply a creative outlook on the world. The best way to broadcast your message to the masses is with your own personal website, just like Jovel does with his .xyz site. Are you ready to share your story with the world? Get YourName.xyz today and create your own personal website today so you can leave your mark.
The community of .xyz adopters is filled with masterful artists from every medium. From famous street artists like Levalet.xyz, to world renowned fashion designers like Goetze.xyz, and even art directors like Xand.xyz who is behind some of Nike and Jaguar’s biggest campaigns. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re highlighting another hugely talented artist who has molded the appearance of some of gaming’s most beloved characters: SoaLee.xyz.
Soa Lee is a Los Angeles based animator who works as a character artist at Naughty Dog, the company behind some of the highest grossing video games of all time, including The Last of Us, the Uncharted series, Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter. Originally from South Korea, Soa followed her passion for animation and computer graphics on a path that led to her completing a Fine Art degree at Hong-Ik University and having her animation featured in popular industry publications like ImagineFX, Digital Arts, and Autodesk.
Now, in her position at Naughty Dog, Soa uses her skills to shape every detail of the characters in The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, giving them the incredibly lifelike appearance these games have become famous for.
“I’m a 3D character artist creating a digital character. Literally, my works exist in the digital world only. To me, online was the first option to present my works to people. My career and fame as a 3D artist have been growing with my personal website. Now, my website has become the most important way I spread awareness about myself.
Having my own domain is like having my own home. Independent, liberated and special.
I wanted to choose a domain which people remember easily. Among all the many other domains, .xyz was the most impressive one to me because it’s familiar to the 3D artist. X, Y, and Z are 3 dimensions which we always move the vertex of the object to. I think my .xyz domain can present that I am related to 3D somehow. My name, .xyz…how perfect it is to me.”
Soa Lee, Creator of SoaLee.xyz
No matter what your passion is, having your own personal portfolio website is the best way to share the work you do with a massive audience. And with the global reach of your own .xyz domain, you can get recognition and gain fans from around the world, just like Soa Lee. If you’re ready to bring your talents to a worldwide audience, then register your .xyz domain and get started building your personal portfolio site today.
Finding a good place to live is a time consuming task, and no one knows the struggle better than us #GenXYZ members. Getting good roommates, choosing a cool location, making sure the place you’re moving into is somewhere you won’t be ashamed to bring a date or show your parents; it can all feel like too much. Fortunately though, this week’s #WebsiteWednesday is here to solve all those housing woes: Projects.xyz.
Creatives, entrepreneurs, and artists alike choose Projects.xyz, a community living space in Berlin, because they don’t just want a place to rent, they want to really enjoy where they live and connect with the people around them. Plus, a room at Projects.xyz comes with some great perks, like a fully equipped kitchen, a PS4 and Apple TV, and everything from towels and sheets to utility fees taken care of so you don’t have to worry about paying for them. But the best feature of living at Projects.xyz is the community you move into, which is filled with awesome people that share your same interests and passion for living life to the fullest.
With plans to expand to other major European cities, Projects.xyz is designed to be a young person’s dream living space. The hard work Projects.xyz put into making their apartments a highly sought after housing option has paid off, as it garnered them over six-figures in funding from real estate company Moravia AG.
“As millennials constantly moving locations for work and study, we always felt that traditional housing did not match our expectations. That is why we have built PROJECTS, a network of co-living spaces where people can stay and share experiences with like minded individuals.
We think .xyz is the domain of the future after Google/Alphabet chose it. It looks cool and it differentiates us from the storm of .io, .co, etc. We chose to get our domain from GoDaddy because we feel they are the leader in the market.”
– Luca Bovone, CEO of Projects.xyz
Projects.xyz connects with their residents in a unique way because its creators know the things they would want when looking for a living space are just what their peers, and millennials around the world, want as well. And Projects.xyz couldn’t be a better domain fit for their business; the home of the next generation of doers and thinkers made its name online with the domain that is the home of the next generation of internet users, .xyz.