One of the biggest mistake people make when building his or her first website is trying to do too much.
The other big mistake we see is business owners trying to do it themselves.
What you end up with is an endless list of things you need to do and things you need to pay for.
Soon you are overwhelmed and end up doing nothing – does this sound familiar?
We know this because we’ve been there before. We were completely paralyzed by endless questions and options when we were building our first website.
After making our fair share of mistakes, we learned that you should just get started with the bare basics to build a website, and add more features as your website grows.
Why? Because “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
Consider This: Have you ever packed for a vacation to a place you’ve never been to, and for weather / climates you have little experiences with?
One year we went to Santos island for a vacation. We rarely travel to destinations that are humid and scorching hot, where we feel like we need a shower after stepping outside for just 3 minutes.
We wanted to do a bunch of snorkeling, relaxing, taking in the local scenery and culture etc.)
Like any excited vacationers, we went out and bought a bunch of snorkelling gear, reef walking shoes and all the other “stuff” we thought we needed.
We felt pretty smart, as buying this sort of stuff on a remote island is going to cost an arm and a leg for sure!
Sure enough, half of the stuff we bought we never used.
We thought we needed all the gear and outfits (based on what we saw on TV, some websites, etc.)
Hey, we just didn’t know any better – I’m sure this happens to everyone at some point, right?
Just like packing for a vacation to a new place, how do you know what features and tool you will actually use for your very first website?
Will you waste time and money on creating a website with tools and features you won’t end up using?
Will you spend hard earned money on a custom website design and advanced features, and only to find out later that they don’t work for your target audience?
Will you end up re-designing your website because your custom design didn’t work, only to pray that the new design will give you better results?
Here’s the embarrassing thing – we were guilty of all 3 points when we first started out!
After building more than a dozen different types of websites, we learned a golden rule when starting your first website:
What you think you want is often DIFFERENT than what you actually need.
So, start with a basic version of the website you think you need using these key ten points.