It’s understandable why so many people struggle with technology. It’s not always the easiest thing to figure out or deal with at times, and it gets a bad rap because of this.
Believe it or not, technology really doesn’t have to be extremely difficult and it’s actually possible to make it easy.
A lot of people subscribe to the mindset of “I’m not techie” or “technology is too difficult”, so they create mental blocks that stop them from ever even trying. Or they start out trying to do things on their own and find out that things are a bit more involved than they thought, so they become frustrated and overwhelmed, again creating a block, which stops them in their tracks.
Here’s the thing… Web design and creation really only consists of learning basic skills, concepts and techniques. When you can have things broken down so that you become familiar with the simple things that make up the big things, everything becomes much easier.
These things can take some time to learn, and there will always be new things to learn. But isn’t that the case for everything worthwhile?
Technology is learnable and, most importantly, doable. Whether it comes easier for some than others is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Even for those who learn slower and have a harder time figuring things out, it’s all still possible and CAN be made easier.
In all fairness, here is the truth about technology:
It can be quite intricate.
BUT, there will always be resources and shortcuts available to make the process easier. Because this is what we as humans do. We constantly make all aspects of life easier, so that we can all enjoy it as much as possible. Technology is no different. You just have to be made aware of the easier route to take.
And here’s just a little more truth about technology:
It creates new possibilities and opportunities everyday.
It solves problems and adds convenience.
It moves the world forward.
So with the full truth of technology in mind, I want to break down the major ways to make website creation and design as easy as possible for beginners and DIYers. In case you are DIYing your website out of necessity or convenience, let’s make sure you have an overall better experience with it.
Tip #1: Open Your Mind
Every experience you have is shaped by your mindset. Multiple people can have the exact same experience and come away with a different opinion and interpretation of it. This is because we all have our own individual perspective and mindset. Although your mindset can be shaped by past experiences, you still have the control to change it, starting with your consciousness and awareness.
So here are a few steps to help open and change your mind about technology:
Step #1: Take inventory of your thoughts and feelings towards technology.
Take an honest look at what you’re always telling yourself (and others) about it. Do you say things like,
“I really wish someone else would do this for me.”
“I can’t wait until I can hire this out.”
“This is so hard.”
“Technology is stupid.”
“I’m really not good at this.”
“It’s going to take me so long to figure this out.”
“It’s just going to be hard for me.”
What you think and what you say dictate your experience. And when you start to pay attention to what you say and how you feel, that’s the first step to making the change.
Step #2: Reframe your thought process.
After you take stock of your thoughts, it’s time to change your inner dialogue and thought process. Instead of saying things like, “I wish someone else would do this for me”, or “This is going to be so hard”, change your language to things like, “I may not know how to do this now, but I know it’s possible to do this”, “I can figure this out.”
The longer you sit around wanting someone else to do it for you or fretting over how hard you think technology is, the more frustrated you’ll be when you’re the one who has to do it. If you have this mindset every time you attempt to do anything with technology, you’re approaching it with frustration and resentment before anything bad even happens, which inevitably makes it more difficult.
When you lead with the mindset that you’re not good at this and it’s too hard, that’s exactly the experience you’ll have. This can cloud your judgement so much that when you actually do overcome hurdles and figure things out for yourself, you won’t be able to fully appreciate what you’ve just accomplished because it will be clouded with, “but that was so hard, I’m not good at this, it took me too long to figure it out… etc.”
Step #3: Embrace Possibility.
Every “techie” person started as a newbie. No one came out of the womb knowing how to build online empires from scratch. At some point, even the best of us knew absolutely nothing and had to fumble around to find our way.
So the fact that you may be fumbling around, learning slower, or not getting it in the beginning doesn’t mean that this is not for you and it’s only reserved for others.
It’s possible for you to learn how to do what you need to do, whether technology comes easy for you or not.
Now there’s a difference in acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses, and having an overall negative perspective of technology. It’s totally fine to acknowledge that technology is not one of your strengths. It’s a fact that some people excel at technology, while others don’t.
This does not negate the fact that technology is still possible and CAN be made easy for everyone, tech savvy or not. It’s all about perspective and the attitude you approach it with. The fact that you are choosing to DIY means you are faced with technology whether you’re savvy or not. Perspective is everything! When you open your mind and embrace the fact that it’s possible for you, the pathway will become clearer and the entire process will become easier.
The more you take heed to these steps: (1) take inventory of your thoughts, (2) change the language in your head, and (3) embrace the fact that it really is possible for you (which ultimately gives you a brand new perspective on the entire experience), the more you’ll start to truly open up to technology and create experiences that could truly surprise you. I promise. Try it before you knock it.
Tip#2 Use the Divi Theme
I’ve already talked about the importance of owning your site and using WordPress. And now that we’ve worked on your mindset, let’s discuss practical ways to make the whole web design process easier for you.
When using WordPress, you’ll find there are thousands of free themes. Although I promote doing things free when possible, themes are an exception. Free themes tend to lack flexibility when it comes to customization. They also don’t offer support to help you navigate, tweak and troubleshoot your theme when needed.
When you’re putting your business online, it’s important that you represent it authentically and have the flexibility to be able to customize your website to your heart’s content. It’s also important to have support when manipulating your theme, because as with all technology, it’s fickle, and if you have to fend for things alone, it can make things a lot more difficult.
For these reasons I always recommend using premium (paid) themes for your business website. It’s the most professional and beneficial way to go.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessary to learn tons of code and difficult techniques (or pay thousands for someone else to do it for you) in order to customize your site with a premium theme that represents your business and brand authentically online.
And who wants to spend the time or money for all of that anyway? What you really want to do is get your message out there, service your clients and customers, and start making money and making a difference.
So it’s time to skip the difficult learning curve and get your website up so you can be in business. A perfect resource for this is the super customizable, dynamic and easy-to-use theme from Elegant Themes, named Divi.
As a former web designer who learned code and all kinds of extensive techniques to create cool features and effects on sites, after finding Divi it has revolutionized web design, in my opinion. It makes seemingly advanced and admittedly impressive features and techniques super easy with a drag and drop page builder.
I highly recommend it. Not only have I used it repeatedly on several different sites and projects, NEWBIES and admitted “NON-TECHIES” have used it and find it easy to use and navigate. They are excited to show off the websites they are able to create with it!
To cut down on the overwhelm of all the different options out there and answer the ever-popular question “Which theme should I choose?”, and to ensure you don’t end up with a cookie-cutter site, Divi is the way to go. With it, you can authentically express the true essence of your brand and business.
And to top it off, they are constantly improving. They just released some major updates and upgrades a couple of weeks ago, that make their existing features even better, while adding even more features and design options. And they are planning to make even more upgrades in the near future.
Check out Divi here. (**I only use, teach and recommend the Divi theme because of my experience with it and the strides I and my students have been able to make with it. For this reason, I am an affiliate with Elegant Themes, the makers of Divi, and will receive a referral commission if you choose to click on the given link and purchase it.)
Tip #3: Get WPCurve
My final tip to make website creation and design easier is to use the incredibly affordable WordPress support system WPCurve (not an affiliate link). This is the perfect solution for DIYers who may feel overwhelmed by some of the more involved techie aspects of websites, but aren’t ready to hire ongoing help in the form of a VA or Web Designer.
When it comes to ongoing website maintenance, backups, security, core updates for WordPress, themes and plugins, or even configuring an intricate plugin, WPCurve can take these things off your hands. Here is a list of tasks they can do for you to make your DIY experience a great one and give you peace of mind that the necessities are being taken care of.
You can choose from their Standard or Professional options, ranging from $79 – $99 per month, which is is A LOT cheaper than you’ll pay any VA or Web Designer for ongoing maintenance of your website. This is why they are perfect for DIYers. They don’t build or design your site for you, but they definitely take all of the most difficult and scary aspects out of your hands.
If you don’t feel like you can afford the paid support of WPCurve just yet, be sure to refer back to tip #1. Remember, you can do this.
Share Your Thoughts In the Comments Below:
How have you found ways to make your DIY website creation and design process easier?
What resources have you found that have helped eliminate frustration and overwhelm?
If you’re currently struggling with DIYing your website, what do you struggle with the most? (I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments to help you as you DIY.)
To Your #HappyFreeSuccess,