We’ve all done it. You started a book and abandoned it halfway through. You vowed to clean out that scary junk drawer but got distracted by something else. Or maybe you tried picking up a new hobby only to have several pre-paid guitar lessons go to waste.
But your website doesn’t have to meet the same fate. Far from it—we’ve collected the most common obstacles that might keep you from completing your website, and all the resources that will help you take it over the finish line.
Here are just a few possibilities, with some quick ways to get it visitor-ready.j
1. You need help using Jimdo.
We’re so proud to have created a platform that makes it easy for you to create your own website. But we also realize that as fun as it is to create something completely on your own, sometimes you’ll need a little help. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your Jimdo site:
- Visit our Support Center. If you have a question about how to add a new photo to your site, change your background, or update your SEO settings, you can find the answer in our Support Center. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always contact our friendly team and they’ll be happy to help you out.
- Check out our video tutorials. If you’re a visual learner like me, you’ll find that a video tutorial is an easier way to learn how to use Jimdo’s Style Editor, manage your navigation, create a discount code for your online store, and much more. Watch all of our video tutorials over at our YouTube page.
- Read our blog. Our blog is dedicated to helping our customers create the most beautiful websites possible. You can find tips on web design, SEO, promotion, e-commerce, small business, productivity, and get updates on all our latest features.
2. You can’t find the perfect domain.
So you thought up the perfect domain and are ready to create your website. But oh no! Your domain is already taken and you’d have to pay an unspeakable amount to get the address you want. What now?
First, here are a few things to consider to pick out a unique and successful domain:
- Keep it short and sweet.
- Triple check that it makes sense when read in one long line. Remember that your domain appears as one word. Make sure when it’s all smashed together that it still makes sense. And even more importantly that it doesn’t say anything inappropriate.
- It’s localized. For example, if you’re a San Francisco bakery you can add “SF” to the front or end of your domain.
- It avoids the use of hyphens.
- It stays true to the name of your actual business.
If you followed all the rules, came up with a unique yet logical domain for your business, and it’s still taken—then you might want to drop the “.com” and go another route. With your Jimdo site, you can choose from over 300 generic top-level domains or gTLDs. You can find a list of options and tips on how to choose the best one here.
Once you settle on the domain name, we have a step-by-step guide on connecting it to your Jimdo website.
3. You don’t have the right resources.
Did you create your website, add your content, and realize it looks a bit empty? You can easily fix this by adding some icons, images, and widgets to your site.
- Images: Get free and beautiful images for your website from sites like Pixabay, Fotolia, and StockSnap.
- Widgets: Adding a widget to your site is easier than it looks. You can spruce up your site with social media follow buttons from AddThis, make it easy for customers to reach you with a chat widget like SnapEngage, and many more. Check out this list of 20 widgets and this list of 20 more widgets to improve your website.
- Icons: To create the best user experience on your website, we recommend using icons. Icons make it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking and make your site look more visually appealing. Some of our favorite sites for free icons include Iconmonstr, Flaticon.com, and Customizr.net.
Find a full list of free resources to get started with your website.
4. You have writer’s block.
We all suffer from it. You sit in front of a blank screen, make a third cup of coffee, and still have no idea on where to begin. But we have a few tips on how to write for the web that will give you the confidence to breeze through your site’s content.
Follow these eleven golden rules for writing content that people will actually read. The main idea here is to know your audience, keep your writing concise, and make it SEO friendly. If you need help blogging, Jimdo customer Jane Douglas-Jones offers real-life tips on how she started blogging for her own business.
Also, don’t forget that what you write doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s so easy to edit your website that you can always come back and make changes later on. The important first step is to just get something down on the page.
Another helpful tip is to visit other websites similar to yours to get ideas on how to set the tone. We’re definitely not encouraging plagiarism, but browsing other sites will give you the inspiration to develop your own original content.
5. You need images of your products.
If you have an online store, you know that one of the most important parts of your site is having awesome product photos. And you also know that product photos look most professional and sellable when displayed on a white background. So, where are you supposed to get these magical professional-looking products photos without spending an arm and a leg? A DIY light box.
It’s actually quite simple to create your own light box and take quality product photos. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how.
6. You need a logo.
Every professional website needs a logo. But you don’t want to just add a logo from clipart and call it a day. You need a logo that represents your business, is original and looks darn good. We recommend starting with a company like 99designs. Their designers compete to design affordable, beautiful logos just for you.
Learn more about what it takes to create a top-quality logo.
7. You’re stumped on how to structure your site.
You have your images, icons, widgets, and text all ready to go. Now how do you format your site?
First, be sure to choose the right template. We’ve created templates that make it easy for you to fill in your own content. However, it’s easier for you to do this if you’ve chosen the template that will work best for your business or portfolio.
Once you’ve picked out the right template, or diagnosed that you were using the wrong template and switched over to the right one—it’s time to fill it all in.
Take a look at this helpful infographic that shows the anatomy of a website and learn where to place your images, text, icons, and more. You can also learn how to create a showstopping homepage and other pages for your site by following the Cone Principle. The Cone Principle suggests that the top of your site is image heavy and gradually your images get smaller and you add more text.
8. You’re overwhelmed by design options.
When it comes to design, less is more. But with so many options for fonts, colors, images, and icons, sometimes it’s easy to go a bit overboard.
Use our Style Editor to quickly match all the fonts and colors on your site.
So how do you know what makes a well-designed site? Lucky for you, that’s our expertise! Here are few guidelines to follow to get designer results from your Jimdo site:
- Stick to 1-2 colors on your site
- Use only 2-3 fonts
- Embrace white space
- Keep your text short
- Make sure everything is aligned correctly
If you’re still stuck on design, get inspiration from these sites created with our Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Rome, Miami, and Zurich templates.
So unless the real reason you haven’t finished your website is because you’d rather be binge-watching Netflix, you should now have the tools and tips you need to finally check “building a website” off your to-do list!
What’s stopped you from finishing your site? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you get your website across the finish line.