While K&J Productions offers an all-inclusive web design service for a low price, we understand that it’s not the right fit for everyone. You can be even more economical if you have the time and motivation to learn how to create a quality website yourself.
If that is something you are interested in and you are looking for a place to start, here are the tools that we use ourselves at K&J, to point you in the right direction.
SBI – Education & Invaluable Tools
Site Build It, or SBI, is the product that first got us into web design, and taught me (Kevin) the vast majority of what I know today about making sites that succeed. My first three websites–Classic-Rock-Drum-Charts.com, End-Your-Sleep-Deprivation.com, and Money-Saving-RV-Repair.com–were all built using SBI from start to finish.
Along with a domain and reliable server to host your site, SBI includes a comprehensive educational series of videos called the Action Guide that is absolute gold in terms of teaching you how to build an effective site.
The videos will guide you to SBI’s other resources, including invaluable keyword research tools that should be at the heart of any business endeavor online, and a forum of extremely helpful fellow SBIers to whom you can direct questions along the way.
The result is a fantastic way to learn about building a successful site, and all the tools you need to do so, all in one convenient package.
If you are interested in exploring SBI more, feel free to use the buttons below to find your business solution among SBI’s documentation (1st button) or view a video tour outlining the SBI package (2nd button).
WP – Sleek Designs & Independence
An alternative to SBI’s all-inclusiveness is to install WordPress on your own domain, and use a combination of third-party resources to realize your perfect site. This is what K&J Productions now does for the vast majority of our website projects.
To accomplish the WordPress method, you’ll need your own hosting plan, such as the ones offered by Bluehost and HostGator. At K&J, we use both of these providers to serve ours and our clients’ sites. If you’re looking to score a deal striking out on your own though, using the coupon code ‘kjproductions’ at HostGator will score you around a $10 discount on us.
In addition to a hosting plan, you’ll likely also want a well-designed theme to serve as the foundation to your site’s design. There are numerous free themes that you can find throughout the Web, but you get what you pay for (or don’t pay for) in a lot of cases. The most sophisticated provider of themes I’ve ever come across, and the one we use here at K&J to power our designs, is ElegantThemes.com. At $39 for access to many dozens of professional-quality designs, it’s well worth the investment for the impression it will help you make on your site.