So you wanna build a website FAST?
You’ve got this great idea, you’re ready to launch your biz, and you KNOW you need a killer website to back it up. But unless you’re some coding genius, building a website can seem super tricky, am I right? Well it doesn’t have to be and I’m here to show you how to build a beautiful branded website in a matter of hours.
This is not a joke, I repeat this is not a joke – if you sit down and work your way through this blog post, you could be launching your website tomorrow, seriously. Actually, why even wait until tomorrow? You can do it as we go!
I got you covered, girl!
Let’s break it down into simple steps (I’ll get super detailed below!):
1. Purchase a Tonic Website
2. Check your email for download link
3. Sign up for Showit
4. Add design to library
5. Build your site
6. Go Live
Before you sit down to start building anything, you’ll want to make sure you have a good idea of what you’re going to create! For example, what’s your business all about? What’s your business name? Who is your target audience? These are all things that you’ll want to have sorted before you jump into creating your website.
If you’re unsure about this stuff, you probably need to do some branding groundwork first.
These posts will help you with that:
- Why building your personal brand is important
- How to establish a stronger personal brand
- 10 essential tools for establishing a strong personal brand
Once you’ve done the groundwork and you know what your brand is about and why you’re actually building this website. Then you can let the fun begin…
Step 1 – Purchase a Tonic Website
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. All the best looking websites were designed by someone else. Because savvy business owners know that it’s best to focus on what they’re good at. And anything else should be outsourced.
Now you could go and spend tens of thousands of dollars hiring a web designer to build a beautiful branded website for you. And then you’ll have to wait weeks or even months of going back and forth while they figure out what you want, prepare proposals, and finally get your website complete.
Or you could save yourself all that time and money buy purchasing a ready made website. I know what you’re thinking… but how’s it gonna be my own beautiful branded website if I’m just purchasing a pre-made one?
Well, allow me to introduce you to Tonic Websites. Not only are all their designs based around cocktails, helloooo sold! But they have a modern, fresh but also classic feel to them. They’re the kinda sites that don’t go out of style. The kind you’re actually proud to send people to. Can I get a hell yeah!
So once you visit the Tonic Websites store you’ll notice there’s a mini quiz for you to complete. This helps to determine what kind of style and brand personality you have and makes sure you’re presented with the most suitable designs for your site.
Ok, I’ll leave you to get choosing….
Step 2 – Check your email for download link
Once you’ve selected your dream website and your purchase is complete check your emails. You should have received an invoice from Tonic and at the bottom of the email it will have a few buttons.
To start building your site you’ll want to click on ‘Access Your Purchases’. This will take you to a private page on the Tonic site with further instructions.
First it will tell you to download your site key and then you’ll be instructed to sign up for Showit. This is the app where you will be able to edit and customise your site.
Step 3 – Sign up for Showit
Inside your Tonic instructions it has the links to access Showit or you can go here. Once you land on the site you will see there’s options to purchase or create sites etc. You’ve already purchased your site from Tonic so you don’t need to worry about any of that.
All you’re wanting to do is click on the login button at the top of the site. And that will take you to a screen where you can create an account. From there you’ll be taken to a page to enter all your personal, brand and website info. Once you’ve completed all your info you’ll receive an email confirmation and then you’ll be able to launch Showit and login with the details you just created.
Step 4 – Add your Tonic design to your Showit library
Remember a few steps ago there was an instruction to download your site key. Well this is where you’re going to need that. Once you’ve launched and logged in to the Showit app you’ll be brought to a page where you can choose a design to start with.
From there you want to click across to ‘Your Designs’ and ‘Add Design to Library’. You’ll then need to choose a Showit subscription. What you need will depend on whether you have a blog or not. Having a blog attached to your site is a great way to continually build your brand and authenticity and grow a relationship with your audience so I would definitely recommend choosing on of the blog options.
If it helps you choose, I’ll let you know I’ve got the advanced blog option. This was primarily because I already had my blog for 2 years on a standard WordPress theme and I didn’t want to lose all that. So with the advanced option you can select for the Showit team to handle the entire migration for you which makes things super easy. And they do it super fast as well. So your blog will have migrated over by the time you’re ready to go live which is super impressive.
Step 5 – Build your site
Now for the really fun part. This is where you get to play and customise to your heart’s content. It takes a little getting used to but once you get the hang of things it’s so simple.
Because you’ve already purchased a site you like, there’s not a lot to do except drag, drop and change images, text etc.
You can also upload your own brand fonts and colours to the design settings so you don’t have to keep updating these all the time. Anything you want to edit, you simply click on and then you can move things around, change them around, delete, add and do whatever you want.
Step 6 – Go Live!
Once you’re happy there’s really only one thing left to do, go live! This is the point where you let ShowIt know if you want them to migrate a blog over and you simply give those instructions in the blog tab of the Site Settings bar.
They’ll take over and do their bit and you’ll get an email once everything is done. Then your site is live, woohooo! That’s how simple it is. And the best bit is, you still write all your posts in WordPress so your blog is still hosted on the best blogging platform. But the front facing aspect of your site looks and feels much more professional and will make you stand out among the crowd.
So there you have it. How to build a beautiful branded website in just a few hours. I hope this article helped you get the site of your dreams launched. If so, I’d love to know your experience, show me your site even. I’d love to see what you created.
If this seems a little too much for you right now and you’d rather stick with a simple blog. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there as well. Read my previous post on how to start a blog.
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