For websites that are updated frequently with new design elements that are similar to those already on the site, Weebly is a great choice because you can copy individual design elements from one page to help you design another page. I use the Copy button to copy text elements to a new page when I need a similar piece of text. You can also use the Copy button to copy any type of design element to a new page, including images, slideshows, galleries, social sharing icons, or custom HTML.
People have been asking me recently what they need to put on a new website. What pages do they need? What information do they need to include? It occurred to me that a website is like an old-fashioned bakery, like those I've seen in the North End section of Boston or in small European villages.
It's a pet peeve of mine. Both Squarespace and Weebly use the word "Submit" as the default button text and I hate that word on a form I'm filling out. I might like to send you a message but I'm certainly not going to "submit" to anything. Do me, and the internet, a favor and change the default button text on your Contact forms to anything other than "Submit."
A coat rack is a central location in your house where all the coats, hats, and scarves are kept. It's a meeting place for all of that outdoor apparel. A website is like a coat rack that organizes all the marketing apparel for your business: your About Me information, your Services descriptions, testimonials, photo galleries, product pages, blog posts, a contact form, and links to social media accounts. So what are you waiting for? Get that long-postponed website designed and launched. After all, your home (page) is where you hang your hat.
I recently updated a live website to a new responsive design on Weebly. The process was easy and worked very well with very little cleanup needed after the design.
I learned recently that images play a role in improving your website's search rankings. It isn't an image by itself, but the words associated with an image, that can make a difference. There are three places where words are connected with an image:
- The file name
- Alt text (alternate text) that appears when the image can't be viewed
- An optional caption that goes with the image
Using file names and image properties in Squarespace or Weebly to include possible search words is a good practice for improving the search rankings of your website.
I wanted to learn how to put a "Like Our Page on Facebook" button on a website. It turns out there's a Button Configurator in Facebook that does most of the magic. You then put the code the Configurator generates into your website as code. Here are the steps I used for my KerryAThompson website on Squarespace. Instructions for sites on Weebly are included where they differ.
I came across an article today about developing a "brand" for your healing business that echoes much of what I think about as I'm helping small businesses plan the design of a new website. Your business "brand" is who you are and what you have to offer as a healer. The colors, images, and text you add reflect what you have to share with clients as you help them on a healing journey.
When a potential client approaches me about working together, the first thing I do is send out a questionnaire to get a sense of what the vision is for the website. The questionnaire includes practical questions about which features are needed, such as a blog, a calendar, a newsletter, and so on. But it also includes questions that elicit more thoughtful responses about what the personality of the business is and how the website will support that.
With so many people looking for information on their smartphones, it's critical that your website employs a responsive design. A website that has a "responsive design" responds to the screen size of the device the reader has and narrows or widens pages so information fits the width of the device. Before you consider a website page ready to publish, check the page with the Mobile preview feature so you can see the page as a cell phone user will see it.
Cost is an important factor for small businesses, so understanding how much it actually costs to sell products online is part of the research I'm doing to help advise future clients. I came across an article today in which the author reviews Weebly's different plans and their costs. The author comes to the conclusion that if you're planning to use your Weebly website to sell products online as a main revenue stream, the Weebly Business Plan is the best bet for you.
I'm now going to ask clients if being found through searches (like Google searches) is important. If it is, I'm going to recommend that they avoid the free website plan (mysite.weebly.com) and purchase a domain and a paid plan instead (mysite.com). According to Weebly's own guide and confirmed by other research I've read, a website built on someone else's domain (in this case, Weebly's) is not going to do as well in searches.
If you add text to your website by copying text from other sources, such as email, word-processing documents, online articles, and social media, it's important to convert the text to plain text before pasting it into your website. Squarespace provides a convenient way to convert copied text to plain text directly from the website editor. With Weebly or other website editors, use a plain text editor as an intermediary.
Your website design will never be complete or perfect. But that's okay because your business is always changing too. Easy-to-use website design builders like Squarespace and Weebly help you make changes quickly and affordably, so don't be afraid to try new things and see how they work out.
I've been designing websites with Squarespace and Weebly in recent months. Both design platforms have plenty of online Help documents and active community forums where users help each other. And I've had great luck with Support teams on both platforms.
One of the first pages you create for your website is the About page. It helps customers put a face and a story to the person behind the website. You don't need to be intimidated by the prospect of what to write. Think of it as a reply to "What do you do?" when someone asks you that question at a party.