We all have some not-quite-there projects in our lives—the books we haven’t finished, the emails we haven’t answered. And websites are no different. Maybe you haven’t had time, or you’ve gotten stuck on a certain step and aren’t sure what to do next.
But if (like most of us) you’re stuck at home right now with some extra time on your hands, this could be the perfect time to finally get your website out there.
In this post, we cover the most common obstacles that make it tough to complete your website, and how to take it over the finish line.
1. You still need a custom domain name
Some of the most common questions we get at Jimdo are about domains. That’s the custom web address that people type in to get to your website (eg. www.jimdo.com). It’s with good reason, because the process has a few steps to it (especially if you’re transferring a domain).
Don’t let that discourage you, though. Connecting a custom domain to your website is definitely worth it. It shows that you take your business seriously and it helps build trust with your visitors.
The first step is to choose the domain that you want. Use Jimdo’s free domain search to see what’s available. We also have tips here on how to choose the right domain, with ideas on what to do if your favorite .com address is already taken.
Then once you have the domain, follow the steps through your website’s dashboard to connect it. If you get stuck or have a unique case, check out our Help Center to guide you through.
2. You need help finding the right images
Photographs play a big role in how your website looks, especially if you need a large, high impact header image and the pictures from your cell phone just won’t cut it. But you don’t need to let that space sit empty—there are lots of ways to get beautiful images for your website, for free.
Stock images used to get a bad rap, but now there are thousands of high-quality (and not cheesy) stock images that are ready to go and often free to use. Your Jimdo website already comes with a whole Image Library to choose from full of free stock images. And if none of those are quite right, check out our recommended sites for some great photographs.
Taking your own photos
There are some things you can’t depend on stock images for, of course. Here are our tips on how to take better product photos. We also can recommend some free or low-cost tools to edit your photos instead of using Photoshop.
Tip: Remember that your photos will need to be of a certain quality so that they don’t look grainy or pixelated on large screens. Check out our Explainer on how to optimize your images and how to make your photos look their best.
3. You’re not sure what to write
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. We also have tips on how to write an FAQ page and what to put on your website’s About Page.
Also, don’t forget that what you write doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s easy to edit your website so you can always come back and make changes later on. Just get something down on the page.
4. You need a logo
When you’re launching a project, a logo isn’t just a finishing touch. It can feel like a really important part of the whole package. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to get a logo and put it right at the top of your website (and in your website favicon too).
Try out Jimdo’s Logo Maker to design your own. We also have tips on how to know when you need a new logo and how to choose the right one.
5. You’re stumped on how to structure your site
When you build your own website, you have a lot of freedom to decide what pages you want and what information you’re going to include. But sometimes this can be a bit overwhelming.
Just remember that from your website visitors’ perspective, something simple is often the best.Write a simple site plan.Keep your website navigation menu to 6 pages.Steer clear of these common user experience mistakes.
Another benefit of a simple website—it’s easier to maintain and keep updated.
6. You’re overwhelmed by design options
When it comes to design, less is more. But with so many choices for colors, fonts, images, and icons, it’s easy to go overboard.
So how do you optimize your website design? 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 siteUse only 2-3 fontsPut enough white space between photos and textKeep your text short
You can also use Jimdo’s built-in design tools to pick the perfect color theme. We can create a color palette for your website based on your logo, or even a photo that you like.
7. You’re worried that your website isn’t GDPR-compliant
If you’re based in the EU, recent data and privacy regulations in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may apply to your website. So it’s reasonable to have questions or wonder if your new website is compliant.
8. You’re feeling nervous about sharing what you’ve created
Sometimes it’s not a technical obstacle that’s keeping you from launching your website. Sharing your website with the world suddenly makes your idea “real”, which comes with expectations, opinions, and a bit of pressure too. So it’s understandable to feel hesitant.
We’ve found that there’s a good way around this problem, borrowed from the world of software development. Try thinking about your website as an “MVP”—a minimum viable product. This approach takes a lot of the pressure off and frames your website as a continuously evolving, improving thing, not something that ever needs to be perfect.
Remember, even the best websites are works in progress
Whether you’re stuck on one of these common problems, or there’s something else holding you back, remember that websites are meant to change over time. One of the major advantages of a DIY website is that you have the freedom to edit it whenever you want. The important thing is to get it out there.