Oh boy, I’ve entered the 21st century. I have a website. More than likely, I still would not have one if I had not decided to start a side business as a Virtual Assistant. I wasn’t expecting to spend so much for my website. Had to buy my domain name, hosting services, and theme. Thankfully the “Under Construction” plug in was free. I hope I earn enough to recoup the costs every year.
The process was pretty simple up to a point. I am a student in an online course teaching us the ins and outs of starting a “successful” VA business. They have a free side course that teaches us how to get the necessary pieces to get a website. However, unbeknownst to me, that is where the “course” ended. I was stunned. I thought something was wrong with my class link. Kept looking for the rest of the modules. So there I was with a “website”, minus a few hundred bucks, and absolutely no clue how to get functional and informative information onto my website. I wasted two days trying to figure it out. I even went through the free course through my full-time job but it wasn’t helping. What use is a website for an aspiring VA if I couldn’t figure out how to get the necessary information onto the darn thing? I knew what I needed – I needed a guide. Someone to take me step-by-step through the process once. After I had the basics, I could handle it on my own from there. But where to find such a guide?
YouTube!! I searched YouTube for WordPress and added the word Divi. The first one that stood out from the rest included the word “amazing”. I remember thinking, oh boy here is another person full of themselves with absolutely nothing to offer. However, I figured what do I have to lose but a few minutes of my time? If it isn’t helping after the first few minutes, I can just keep looking at videos until I found one that did help. Unbeknownst to me I had found my savior and his name is Darrel Wilson. This video saved my website. It is a 2017 version, (and three hours long), but I had no worries. Things probably had not changed all that much considering it is only three months into 2018. I watched Darrel go through all the steps I had already gone through with the free class and then he opened up a completely new world I did not know existed. The world known as “Enable Visual Builder”. Cue the heavenly church music and singing angels. Following along with my wonderful guide, I was able to create something that I was comfortable turning off the under construction page.
My website, like my brand new business, is a work in progress. However, thanks to my guide, I am sure I will be able to make it into something that I can be proud of. I have shared the site with a few people close to me who have said that it looks great. They also offered some advice on the wording – always good to have another pair of eyes, (ok four pairs), to help find things you have missed.