Well, this is officially the first blog post to kick off the 4 week launch to my new Design Shop! My friends, that means I am officially launching my website themes (aka: showit templates) in less than a month! P.S. I recommend hopping on my LIST HERE because I’ll be sending some freebies and offers to everyone on it :) – To Preview I’ll discuss: 01 My website history and experience 02 Why I moved my website from WordPress to showit. 03 Comparing platforms side-by-side
Yep, below was my first ever blog, Witty and in Love (don’t judge) but back in 2009 blogger was they way to go and by far the easiest and cheapest way to get started…and I loved it :)
Blogger was great because not only was it free but I was able to start teaching myself how to use CSS and HTML (which I recommend all designers should know) to be able to customize the headers, buttons, sidebar, etc. But after about a year or so I soon realized I needed something that was more adaptable and customizable..
I bought hosting, got my new domain, and purchase a theme off of Code Canyon. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. But, I spent hours, upon hours, upon hours trying to customize and learn more code to try and style my first ‘real’ website.
I think I ended up changing my theme again a bit after and soon realized how insanely difficult it was to keep up with constant theme updates and how different each theme was (aka: having to re-learn it each time you switch)…it was getting frustrating.
This was the first time I got to experience what it was like to hire a developer to help me actually take a theme and customize it to my liking (moving graphics, adding custom pages, etc). I was loving it and it was also still in my budget..but I still felt confined when it came to design…
This is the first time I was able to actually design outside however I wanted! Because I had to teach myself code from my first couple sites, I knew the possibilities when it came to stretching the code limits (which my developer probably hated). But, I wasn’t confined to a ‘theme box’ and could start creating sites that felt custom and unique.
I had my last site for probably 3-4 years (which is crazy) and I did love that that it was still on WordPress, that I could always add a new page, add a shop, or add some plugins. But, the times were a changing over here…
I’ll be honest, I had a ton of hesitations about Showit because I believe it used to be flash based (which iPhones didn’t like), but I kept seeing all of these beautiful sites being created with it.
So, when my husband became a realtor I said I would dedicate ONE WEEK to figure it out.
Guess what..it took me 4 days to design, learn, and build my first full site on Showit!!
No, I wasn’t a Showit wiz by any means but I was liking it and saw a very bright relationship in our future. Not only that, but I gained control again of development and project timelines.
01 – It was insanely easy to design by literally just dragging and dropping (very similar to illustrator in which I design my sites in). This might be the best part for me :) Not only that but within your account, you can design as many sites as you want. So as a designer, I develop my client’s sites within my account then when it’s done I have them setup their showit and just pop in the ‘share key’ which enables the design. (No more having to use child themes, FTP, and a developer)!
02 – It uses a self-hosted WordPress blog! YES, I’ve had WordPress for years (so a TON of blog posts, and guess what…nothing changed my posts nor did I have any issues with them when I moved to showit. – Yes, my pages changed, but the permalink were just fine (so nothing hurt my SEO)
03 – They have an entire library of HELP DOCs that I easily referenced when I couldn’t understand something or figure it out. AND I’m in their Showit Facebook Group and Designer Group which is beyond easy to just search and find questions/answers instead of waiting for chat. I’ve posted a handful of questions and they all were answered very quickly
04 – They handle website hosting (which is Amazon servers) as well as transferring your website/domain/blog posts. (This was huge) BUT, They do not host emails, so when I switched my site, I actually had to go on G-suite for Gmail and start over. But I didn’t mind that, it was like a fresh start and I can still access my old one.
05 – They have Chat Support, which may not be super immediate, but really great when you get stuck. As well as an emergency email you can reach out to if needed.
06 – My Website has been up since April and has never been ‘down’ or crashed.
07 – It’s easy to make your site mobile. You can design a page and a mobile layout at the same time.
08 – It’s very SEO Friendly! But, I’ve heard that you really need to focus on that within showit (its on each page) or it can hurt. So, if you do it right and pair it with the Yoast SEO plugin on the blog you will be all good.
Let me just start out, I still do love WordPress because the true capabilities of the platform itself are beyond impressive. You can build it out to be a machine and that’s great for those businesses who have additional needs (a full e-commerce shop, scheduling app, members-only section, online courses, etc).
But, for smaller businesses, I think Showit is a great option. Businesses like: Wedding Planners, Interior Designers, Photographers, Stylists, Realtors (if not needing home filter searches), Calligraphers, Attorneys, etc. Basically, any business that really requires the basic number of pages, a blog, and even a small shop if needed.
Also, a lot of people ask me if I can do squarespace, and I hope to say I can in the future..but I’m focusing on WordPress and showit currently. BUT, I did some research to show you a comparison of them as well. Bascially they are very similar BUT squarespace is limited in terms of truly designing and customizing, but much better for online shops!
My new website templates / themes are going to be for Showit (as you probably already know)…so here’s your time to ask me any questions you might have!
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