BEHIND THE SCENES
I wanted to take you through and highlight what tools are running behind the scenes at nomorewhatif.com. If you are interested in starting a site on your own and want to know where to get started, here are some easy-to-use items you can incorporate with little investment.
To begin, my site is built on WordPress and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of starting a website for whatever reason to consider using this as your first option.
Other services may be able to let you drag and drop, but if you want to operate outside of the boundaries of what’s pre-built, you’re probably going to need to be able to speak a coding language.
WordPress is open-source which means any developer in the world can create something for every user to incorporate into their site and you’re not dependent on the platform itself coming up with something that you would find helpful. The opportunities are endless and you won’t be confined or restricted to one set of criteria.
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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a website developer. I’m proof that someone with absolutely zero experience or training could find a tool so easy to use and customizable to begin their own site.
I have not tried other themes or options to put together a functional website, so I can’t give reviews on anything but Divi. With all that being said, I have learned through my own use and seeing the work of others using this theme that you can build any type of site you want with it.
Whether you want to build your business site, a blog, e-commerce, etc. Give Divi a try and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Similar to the WordPress theme Divi, I don’t have any experience with other host services outside of Bluehost.
There are others that I have heard good things about and I’m sure are capable of providing what you need.
I will say that I’ve had to reach out to them on a few occasions to resolve some issues and their customer service was outstanding.
There are 2 main email services I hear promoted for managing your subscriber lists and newsletters – Mailchimp and Aweber.
I did some comparisons and found that Mailchimp.com works best for my level of expertise and need. This is a very simple platform to use and I’ve never had any issues at all.
One of the great things about this platform is that it’s free up to 2k subscribers on your list. That’s plenty room for anyone starting out.
I ran across Fiverr.com some time back and although I don’t use it much, I did use it for some of the needs I had in creating my site.
It’s a place where you can get a quick turnaround on nagging projects or areas that may not be your strong suit. Starting out, when you don’t have or want to spend a ton of money for your site or projects, I highly recommend because you can get by for now until you want or can invest more.
If you’ve ever taken an online course, then you know how important flow, valuable content, and expertise are to your learning.
I created an account with them years ago and have since taken a few courses and enrolled in almost 100.
The capability of being able to learn something for free or very inexpensively is very attractive to me. Also, for me, sites like this lend a little more credibility than places like youtube because the course is vetted by a staff of professionals.