Building a Website is like Ordering Chinese Takeout

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Building a website can oftentimes be a challenging endeavor for individuals with no previous experience in web design. Website building tools have made it easier to build a website in just a matter of minutes, even if you do not have any experience in coding or HTML, but you still need to be willing to take the plunge and get started. Let’s explore a metaphor that might help put things into perspective, shall we?

Be Willing to Experiment

In this regard, building a website is not unlike placing an order from a Chinese takeout menu. Sure, there are bound to be items on a Chinese food menu that you aren’t familiar with, but if you only stick with what is familiar (the Shrimp Fried Rice), you could miss out on something you would really love. For this reason, it is important that you are not afraid to research and try new things. The same also holds true of building a website. When you first get started, you will likely run across features that are not familiar to you. If you steer away from them simply because they are unknown, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to take your website-palette to the next level.

Price Matters

Consider how much you are willing to spend. Remember that the more you spend does not always mean you are getting a better product or food for that matter. Sometimes, the best Chinese takeout in the world comes from that tiny hole in the wall restaurant on the corner that doesn’t look like much from the outside but offers fabulous food at fair prices. The same is also true of website building services. You might very well find that a lesser known service can provide you with all the features you want and need at a lower price than the big guy who charges twice as much. Never make the mistake of assuming that a higher price will give you more features and better service.

Time Is Important

How long are you willing to wait? If you have ever ordered Chinese takeout and waited what felt like an eternity for it to be delivered, you may have lost your appetite by the time your food finally arrived. In a similar sense, it is important to consider how long it will take to get your website up and running. Today’s business landscape is competitive and is growing more competitive by the day. The longer that it takes you to get your website published, the more business you could be missing. Carefully consider how quickly a service will allow you to both design and publish your website.

The Extras are Nice

One thing about Chinese takeout that most people look forward to is that fortune cookie at the end of the meal. Whether we actually believe those words of wisdom are true or not, we all can’t wait to unfold that little slip of paper. The fortune cookie may be a fun little extra to the meal, but it is important, and it is an element that sets Chinese takeout apart from any other type of cuisine. Likewise, it is important to consider the extras that you will receive when choosing a website building tool. Think about the services and features provided that may not be available through other providers. This can truly help you to distinguish between providers.

Customer Service

Chances are that if you placed an order with your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant and experienced a problem with the order, you would think twice about placing another order if the restaurant did not try to rectify the issue. The same is also true of building a website. You need to know that the website builder you choose will be available to assist you if you ever have any questions or problems.

Flexibility Is Important

Perhaps you want extra soy sauce or need to cut the MSG. Whatever the case may be, when you place an order for your favorite dish from your local Chinese takeout, you need to make certain that you can order it the way you want by making whatever changes are necessary. Building a website is a lot like that, as well. You need to make certain that the website building service you select will give you the ability to make whatever changes are necessary to ensure that your site is everything that you envision. Remember, building a website can feel like a daunting task at first – not unlike trying to sort through the numerous options on a Chinese takeout menu, the process of trying to find a website builder can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. While the website building process may at first appear foreign and unfamiliar, with a little research and a willingness to branch out and try something new, you can soon be reaping the benefits of a professional website.

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014