Learn How to Build Websites Yourself

These past several months have been one of a kind all over the world. We are experiencing a shift in the way businesses operate in order to survive extended periods of limited in-person contact, and it has impacted my business just as much as anyone else’s.

Charging premium rates for great websites is normally not a difficult process, but I have seen amazing technological advances create tools and resources that will eventually replace the need for a web developer like me. The quarantine is something that only pushes up this timeline, and I am taking this shift in the wind as a sign to be on the right side of this change.

If you are like many businesses who want to own your online presence without paying an expert web developer, I highly recommend you learn to build the website yourself. If you hire anyone less experienced than an expert at this point, you are leaving money on the table.

Before you get excited to make a simple website yourself on a platform like Squarespace, Weebly, Duda, or even with some WordPress configurations, you should know something that most of these providers leave in the fine print: building the actual website always has and always will be the easiest part about your overall website building experience.

I get so many clients with project requests that start with “I thought I could build this myself on so and such a platform but then when I tried to do [insert moderately advanced web practice] everything fell apart!” – the reality is making a pretty website with some decent content is just one part of a much larger piece of the website strategy.

Once you have a good looking website, the advanced aspects of building a website become priorities that can become costly in terms of time and sometimes money.

For example: giving your visitors a consistent user experience from Mobile to Desktop, making sure your pages load quickly, keeping your SSL from expiring, indexing your website with search engines, running analytics, inserting facebook pixels, having proper GDPR and CCPA guidelines, making sure your information follows your industry-specific laws and regulations, and many similar items.

As you can see from the above, making a “great website” is not as easy as a drag and drop builder. At the end of the day, having a “great website” will always be a moving target, but that’s why expert web developers are so expensive. We are more privy to when and how standard internet practices change, and it usually takes years of learning from mistakes to get on top and ahead of the curve.

So that is where my next move comes in. With so many confusing aspects of building a website being out of the purview of a drag and drop builder, I created a course on how to build a website in one week. Through my guided lessons I will show you everything you need to get your site up and running as if it were built by an experienced developer, but you will do it yourself with my help through every step.

I will go over my way of building a website – the way I build websites for clients that often cost thousands of dollars. In one week, you will be able to put up a website that you will be proud of. This is a comprehensive course and will take you through all important components of building a site as if you have not started, so if you have something to start with, you can give your site a major upgrade yourself in no time.

So long story short – expert web developers are great, and they serve an important purpose in the community. If you are looking for someone to build your website that would be less than an “expert” level, I recommend taking this course instead. You will get a better site and have all the tools to maintain it yourself!


Hey there. My name’s James. I’m an expert web developer. I’ve been building websites for years. And if you’ve come to this blog before, hopefully you’ve liked my content. I wanted to announce something great and new that I’m gonna be offering here in the short term. I am rolling out two courses on how to build websites and how to make a living building websites. It’s on my new website called youcanbuildwebsites.com, pretty aptly named. And I wanted to talk a little bit about it if you’re interested.

So, first things first, over the last several years, there have been great advancements in What You See Is What You Get editors as well as drag and drop editors and sites like Squarespace that really take the guesswork out of making a site pretty. Now, that’s one step in the equation, making a good-looking site actually isn’t that hard these days, and it kind of undercuts most solid designers and developers. The reality is that that’s one of two important steps for making a website work. The second step is integrations and getting it relevant, so people find the website online, and that’s when I start to get calls from people who built a good-looking website, that’s virtually ineffective because they can’t build it beyond what they have.

So, now, what does that mean for you? If you are looking to build a great website and figure out how to grow that website long-term, enhance it online, and build it out so it can be found on Google, whether it’s through advertisements or SEO and, you know, take a look at analytics numbers and reflect that information back on your site to improve conversion rates and things like that, I’m gonna show you in a very short period of time, how to get that website up, running and effective so you’ll continue to grow it into something that was already pretty darn good to something excellent. And over the years, you’ll be able to maintain it yourself, and you’ll be using best practices that I use as a developer. And that saves you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. As a developer, I know I’m pretty expensive. I’m lucky I get to work with great clients that have, you know, good large projects, but not everybody can afford my services. And with COVID, I’ve learned that some of my clients, while they’re doing well, get very frustrated because working with someone like me is expensive when they need to make little changes on their website, and it’s not worth the value provided. And that frustrates me from an ethics perspective because I want to help, but it’s unaffordable for me to bill less than what I’m worth, and it’s unaffordable for them to pay me what I cost to make the changes. So, creating a course like this helps people that I’m already working with save a buck or two in managing and maintaining their own sites, but also helps people build sites themselves. And it’s not that hard to learn. The problem is in a vacuum, there are a lot of different things, I call it shiny objects. People get shiny object syndrome, and they look at something that seems techie and cool and more difficult. But the reality is building a site’s pretty simple. You stay in a lane, and then you customize from there. And before you know it, you have a great customized website, and you don’t have to deal with all the headache of the mysteries, of the technical aspects of things that go way beyond what anyone who’s building a really good website needs to know. So, I will help you keep it simple, get a great website online, and I will help you learn how to grow and develop your site well beyond the course itself.

So, again, with this course, and with the course that’ll follow it, showing people how to make money as a web developer, which will give you the skills as a developer and help you develop your sales acumen and build a good resume, etc. I priced these to make sure that they are going to save people money, and I back it all with 100% money get-back guarantee. The goal is for this to be better than a budget developer and pretty much gonna put you in that expert level quality of an output. So, if you do have any questions, I definitely wanna hear from you. If you have an interest in the course, let me know. I’d be happy to link you. And I hope you enjoy what’s to come. Thank you so much. Take care.

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