I need to focus on one task at a time! Everytime when I start to make a new bear, I just couldn't stop and leave him on my table even for a day, I just have to complete him before proceeding to do other task.
This is a difficult project for me because I am not a trained web designer. I have been working on my website since last year, I have purchased a domain and a server, if I am not going to utilise them then it will be a waste of my money.
To kick off, I attended a 2-day workshop on Adobe Dreamweaver. It's a very short course to learn basic website building. After the course I have not practised and fimiliarise with the program and it was half a year later when I decided to go back to use the software. Building a website is not easy, it's a pain. Before you build a website, always plan and draw the different page layouts before proceeding. If not, you will be wasting your time and getting no where.
I refer to several websites for inspiration and bookmarked them for reference. I wanted a website that is simple, clean and easy to navigate. After brainstorming, when I am ready..... I have no idea how to start because I have already forgotten how to use the software! Luckily, one of my cousin who is trained in website building came to my rescue.
My cousin, Si Hao is very good, he knows all his stuff well. I am impressed because he is able to memorise and type in codes (they are so alien to me) with any hesitation. Thanks to his help I am able to execute and build my website with my minimal knowledge.
I used to pay $100 plus on a Free online hosting company named Wix. I paid money to upgrade the service to remove the advertisment on the sidebars and maximise the loading speed. After paying, my friend told me that it's expensive, hence I looked for an alternative way to save money and build my website from scratch. Wix a good and free website to kick off your online business, however as time goes when you have more items / images in your online shop, the speeds decreases and the page always hangs and laggy.
I am currently still building the website pages, there are tons to do :( I plan on getting the basic pages ready and starts to upload more information and details a little at a time.
My first New Year Resolution for 2013 is to learn to build a website. I hope my efforts paid off.
Here's some of the few preview pages.