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How I'm Making Website Creation Easier for You

Building websites is something that I have always encouraged through my content. Whether it's sharing what I enjoy about Wix in my YouTube videos or providing design advice on this very website, I strongly believe everybody needs a place on the Internet that they can call their own. Sure, social media is great, but how much control do you actually have? Sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't going to be around forever.

There is, however, one problem that seems to be holding most users back from moving forward in creating a website — they think it's a difficult process. But you know what? It's so much easier than you may think, especially if you have some guidance along the way. That's where Build A Website 1-2-3 comes in.

Build A Website 1-2-3 is an all-new resource that I have been putting together for a little while now. It's exactly what it sounds like. This new website is focused on solely one thing — making web creation easier for you, the user. No longer are you forced to search high and low for the right resources.

From a 3-step guide to reliable web hosting reviews, Build A Website 1-2-3 walks you through the process of building a successful website — minus the headaches. In other words, I have done all the research for you, leaving more time for you to be creative and create awesome content. After all, isn't content the key factor in attracting attention and growing your brand?

Of course, the primary focus of Build A Website 1-2-3 is the simple 3-step guide:

1. Find a Domain Name

2. Get Web Hosting

3. Create Your Content

But if you're looking to go beyond the 3-step guide, Build A Website 1-2-3 has so much more to offer:

5 Ways to Make Your Wix Website More Social

How to Start an Engaging Blog

Find Domain Names Instantly Using Instant Domain Search

If you have any questions about Build A Website 1-2-3, just head on over to the Contact page and fill out the form. You are guaranteed to receive a response from me within 24 hours.

Now it's your turn to get creative. Start building!

Why Wix Has Been Blowing My Mind

We have all seen those Wix ads on YouTube. "You need a website. Why not do it yourself?" That's just one example. You know the ones I'm talking about, right? They're the kinds of ads that you see so often, you eventually become curious and see what all the hype is about. That's exactly what I did. As a longtime Squarespace customer, I finally bit the bullet and decided to give Wix a fair try.

But before I go into my initial impressions of Wix, I have one question for myself — "What took you so long?"

Really, what took me so long? I suppose you could say I have been biased to Squarespace for years now. I mean, I'm going on almost ten years. That's a long time to be committed to any kind of product or service.

So, let's talk about Wix and why it's been blowing my mind. There is so much I want to cover, but to save you time, I'm going to focus on the key features that I think most creators will find interesting. For more in-depth coverage of Wix, feel free to check out my walkthrough video below.

  • ULTIMATE FLEXIBILITY - With hardly any limitations in place, Wix allows you to freely move text, images, etc. to any position on your website.
     
  • FREE STOCK IMAGES - Wix offers thousands of free stock images (and videos) to use at your leisure. Similar stock media would normally cost a fortune once combined.
     
  • BEAUTIFUL GALLERY LAYOUTS - I've always had a thing for galleries, which is why I am impressed by Wix's offering. From grid layouts to full-width galleries, you are sure to find something that will spruce up your website.
     
  • VIDEO BACKGROUNDS - Utilizing video backgrounds on your website can be a great way to visually please visitors and entice them to stick around. Wix has a plethora of stylish videos to experiment with.
     
  • FILE MANAGER - Wix makes keeping track of your files a breeze. Simply upload files that you would like to use on your website (such as images, videos and documents) and they'll be stored securely for access at any time.
     
  • WIX APP MARKET - Yes, Wix has an entire market of free apps that can be added to your website. From social apps to business tools, this has to be one of my favorite aspects of Wix. The possibilities are endless.
     
  • FREE DOMAIN NAME - This is common for most website editors/hosts, but I'm glad to see Wix is following the trend. Sign up for one year of service and you get a free domain name. Simple as that.

This is just the beginning of my Wix coverage, as I still have so much more to explore and share. However, if you have any specific feature requests that you would like more information on, please let me know in the comments.

Click the button below to get started with your free Wix website.

Blogging on the iPad Pro (Using the Smart Keyboard)

Having purchased myself the Smart Keyboard for my iPad Pro, I was curious as to how I could work it into my daily routine. Could adding a physical keyboard to the 12.9-inch tablet improve my productivity and overall focus? To put simply, yes and yes.

At first I wasn't crazy about spending $169+ on a keyboard, especially considering I wasn't even 100% sure I needed it. After all, I tend to spend a lot of money on technology, but carefully so. I like to believe that I only purchase gadgets that can have an impact on my life and not end up collecting dust.

Thankfully, the Smart Keyboard has proven to be quite the useful purchase. Not only has it increased my productivity and overall focus when blogging, but it's made my iPad Pro feel less like a tablet and more like an actual notebook computer.

Considering tablets are generally more portable than notebooks, it's obvious that mobile computing is making a dramatic transformation — and it's only going to get better as time progresses. Accessories like the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil are proof of that.

First and foremost, typing on the Smart Keyboard simply feels natural. The keys don't have a lot of travel like most traditional keyboards do, but it's certainly nice enough to use for extended periods of time. For example, I composed this article consisting of over 2,000 words primarily on the Smart Keyboard — aside from a few edits that I made using my desktop computer.

When using apps that take full advantage of the Smart Keyboard, you will notice a bar appears on the bottom of the iPad Pro's screen. This is called the Shortcut Bar. It provides a variety of shortcuts relevant to whichever app you are using at the time.

Click the screenshot below and you can see how Apple's Pages app uses the Shortcut Bar. Users can quickly and conveniently adjust the formatting of text, as well as a variety of other document layout enhancements.

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Of course, shortcuts are not only limited to the Shortcut Bar. Holding down the Command key on the Smart Keyboard presents an overlay showing all the shortcut commands that are available. Many of the shortcuts are exactly as you'd expect from a notebook or desktop. The consistency is definitely a nice touch, especially if you find yourself often switching between devices.

Because the Smart Keyboard uses the Smart Connector, this means that it technically gets its power from the iPad Pro itself. In other words, battery life is not an issue whatsoever — which is something you cannot say for third-party keyboards. This convenience alone is a big selling point for users who are looking to get through a full work day.

And finally, you might be wondering... Why would anyone choose a tablet over any traditional computer for blogging? Well, this is certainly a personal preference, but I strongly believe it comes down to focus.

When working on an iPad Pro, you're primarily using one app at a time — with the option of adding a second app for multitasking. This means that you are less likely to be distracted by other tasks that don't matter at the time, including email and social media.

In my eyes, remaining focused on work is significant, and it's exactly why I prefer to blog on my iPad Pro over anything else in my office. I may be limited with specific tasks, but this particular workflow certainly gets the job done.

Why Blogging is Not Dead

Remember the early days of the Internet when blogging was all the rage? Everybody seemed to have something to say, and the need to share it with the world. Most people, including myself, seemed to enjoy platforms like Blogger for posting occasional updates — while those who enjoyed writing daily turned to websites such as LiveJournal.

And then YouTube happened. Not a day goes by that I don't think about the giant video platform, and for good reason. It has quite literally changed the way we're able to create and share video content. I mean, c'mon — look at me. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for YouTube.

What can I say? I'm incredibly grateful for what YouTube has brought into my life. But there's something very important that most people seem to overlook nowadays. The Internet doesn't stop at YouTube. There's actually so much more to enjoy. You just need to know where to look.

Besides video, what else is there?

Let's talk about blogging — which, in my opinion, is just as effective as any video platform currently available. Sure, reading something may not be as exciting as watching a video, but that doesn't change whether the content is good or not. It's simply an alternative way of consuming said content. And besides, reading is good for the mind.

Okay, I'll admit... I rarely open a book. However, if I come across something online that I find interesting, then I'm going to read it — whether it be an article or blog post. This especially applies to information that has to do with anything entrepreneurship related, such as running your own business.

Simply put, a good blog comes down to sharing quality content that can help pique readers' interests. And as long as people continue to crave good content (which they always will), then blogging as we know it will be around for quite some time.

So, bloggers, you have nothing to worry about.

What to blog about

If you are new to blogging, you might be wondering where to begin. This can vary depending on whether you have existing content on other platforms. If you do, then it's simple. Your blog can be an extension of what you already know, but in textual form.

Let's use YouTube as an example. It's an incredible platform that enables creators to upload videos about any topic they desire. But why stop there? Take your video content and apply it to your blog. Not only can you easily embed videos on any blogging platform nowadays, but you can also add textual content whenever you feel the need to.

In a way, blogging is limitless. A blog post is never truly complete until you say it is. Make it your own. 

Where to blog

Choosing a reliable platform to use as your blog is easy, but that doesn't mean you should stick to the first one you come across. Your choice can also depend on whether you're willing to pay a small fee. Most new bloggers tend to prefer free, so don't be afraid to go that route in the beginning.

However, I do recommend that you choose a platform that seems like it's going to be around for a while. My two favorites are Squarespace (what you're seeing now) and WordPress. Each platform has its own unique take on blogging, and content management in general.

If spending money is something you don't want to do, then definitely go the WordPress route. It's completely free to use and open-source. This means that the CMS (Content Management System) is free to the public, but it can also be openly modified at any given moment — hence why you're likely to see quite a number of software updates over time.

While WordPress may be free to use, you'll want to look into purchasing yourself some affordable web hosting. For my WordPress websites, I use Bluehost. They do require that you pay upfront for an annual plan, but consider this a form of motivation to keep going with your project.

On the other side of the spectrum is Squarespace. It's a much more premium and controlled platform, but it's also the web host — meaning it does both. If you prefer to focus on your content and not worry about whether a plug-in update is going to break your site, then Squarespace is probably your best bet. 

Either way you look at it, you simply cannot go wrong. Squarespace and WordPress both offer an awesome experience. And if for whatever reason you choose to switch platforms at a later date, that will not be a problem. Each platform offers the ability to export your site's blog content and import it into the other.

And finally, the biggest question of them all

What if you don't already have an audience? Well, I could lie to you and say creating a blog is guaranteed to bring in traffic — but that's not realistic. Sure, you could try, but it's going to be really difficult with nothing else to fall back on.

If you're in the situation of having no one to read your blog, then my best advice is to start elsewhere. It's far easier to build an audience on a platform like YouTube that has millions of potential viewers than it is with a blog with zero dedicated readers. And you know what? There's nothing wrong with that, whatsoever. Everybody has to start somewhere. 

You will always have the opportunity to start a blog at some point. But until then, it's best to concentrate on creating the best content possible and building an audience in the process. And then from there, you can begin directing your new audience to other content mediums that you find yourself involved in — such as your future blog.

Just remember, success doesn't happen overnight. The best things in life take time.