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What You Should Learn Before Building Your DIY Website

Written By: Brandon Gilbert

Ready to Begin Your DIY Website?

So you’re thinking of building a DIY website. You are probably a mix of excited and nervous. You might even be a little confused with where to start. That’s okay. Whether you are building a site for fun, for profit, or for another cause, there are certain fundamentals of site building that you can use to your benefit while avoiding losing out on time and energy that come with common mistakes.


SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is all about driving organic traffic to your website through quality, relevant content. In other words, you make good articles that Google will be able to search and show your site in the search results when people are looking for those solutions. It used to be SEO was all about cheating the system, but not anymore. Today, the best content wins, which means you need to focus on being authentic and useful to your audience.


PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising is another way to drive traffic to your site. Instead of being organic, you pay for it. However, what you invest could pay major dividends going forward. It lets you pay only for the number of people that click on your ad and visit your site. While some might try to steer you away from these methods, they can pay you back when it comes to marketing investments.


The code on your website is what allows everything to come together. From the user experience to security, you should learn the basics of web programming. One of the best things to learn for this is angular JavaScript or other similar code languages. Java is a lightweight language that can do a lot of powerful functions. It can do everything from displaying images and editing HTML, to accessing the server; it runs all the modern internet. Speaking of HTML, it takes a short time to learn and gives you a great idea of the structure of a webpage going forward.

The web today is much different than it was, even a few years ago. Instead of just hiring someone to do everything for you, it might pay to learn a few basics that let you build your website from scratch. That way, you understand the underlying fundamentals you’re dealing with in creating a site. From there, you can avoid common pitfalls and get the results you’re wanting.

Stuck or Have Questions?

Starry Eyes Media is available to offer advice and help with your DIY website project. We have experience in developing on the Drupal 7 and WordPress platforms. Contact us today for free consultation.

What You Should Learn Before Building Your DIY Website

by | Feb 3, 2018 | Learning, Web Design

Brandon is the Creative Director at Starry Eyes. A touring musician until a few years ago, he once shared stages with the likes of Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Orgy, Molly Hatchet, and Hoobastank. Under the pseudonym "Ryland Parrish," Brandon is a featured artist at Spector Bass. When Brandon isn't designing or laying thick bass lines, he's expanding his knowledge of cosmology, geology, and paleontology and daydreaming about nature.