Sep 032015
 

Your Website

Other Companies

You may have heard of quite a few companies out there that offer tools to build your website at a price like GDI’s. While these tools are effective, what the marketers of these companies don’t tell you is that’s all you get–the tools to build a website. So what’s missing? Your domain! Companies that offer these site building tools can only get you so far, to make your site accessible to anyone you need to purchase a domain in addition to your monthly service fee. Combining these two services from separate companies can also be difficult to do.

GDI

With your GDI membership, you are given site-building tools and a domain. This is included in both our basic and premium membership. There’s no need to figure out how to combine services, because you can access your domain and site building tools all from the Members Area for GDI. All you need to do is choose your domain when you become a member, then when log in to your Members Area, you can access a variety of tools to build your website. No extra steps.

How to Build Your Site

GDI offers two easy services to help you build your website: SiteBuilder and a WordPress plugin especially for GDI. Read on to decide which is right for your website.

SiteBuilder

SiteBuilder is a great option if this is your first ever website or blog. SiteBuilder works off of professionally designed templates to help you build a professional looking website. These templates allow you to choose the style of your website and easily build it using drag and drop tools and widgets. If you don’t like your site, you can change the template without losing text and photos that you’ve already added to your site.

WordPress

WordPress is the right option for you if you’ve used it or similar blogging platforms before or are comfortable being more creative and using tools like WYSIWYG (which stands for what you see is what you get). Also when considering if WordPress is right for you, know that it’s not just for blogs. You can build a full website using WordPress themes and widgets. Like SiteBuilder, WordPress does offer templates and drag and drop tools, but with more freedom. You can use the GDI Theme offered in WordPress or search thousands of themes available online to make your website just the way you like. If you have HTML knowledge, you can use it to personalize your site even more.

Drupal

For those very experienced website builders, GDI offers the option to use Drupal CMS to build your website. You can find this plugin in your Member’s Area under the navigation for WordPress and More.  

Other Important Services

In addition to offering tools to build your website. GDI also offers tools to supplement your website like email. With your basic GDI membership, you can create up to 10 email addresses that you can easily access. No forwarding or additional services needed. Want to know how much traffic you’re getting to your new site? GDI also offers hit logs to let you know who is viewing your site, at no extra cost.

 

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Jun 042015
 

avoid web design pitfalls

When used right, your website is your number one marketing tool. It can be your space for others to learn more about GDI, affiliate marketing and who you are. Your website gives people the chance to see what can be done with GDI’s site building tools and plugins. Creating a clean, easy to navigate website can be simple, but there are also many pitfalls to look out for. Read on for how to avoid some of the most common website pitfalls.

Poor Quality Images

Images are essential to a visually interesting website, but the wrong images can drive your traffic away. Always test images on your website before adding them and publishing your site. Images may look OK in the preview, but blurry on your website. It’s not necessary to use high resolution images on your website as these can take up lots of space. Just make sure your image looks clear and sized properly for your site.

Poor Navigation

GDI offers WordPress and SiteBuilder to help you build your website. These services come with themes that include easy navigation and menu building for a reason–good menus are an important feature of a successful website. If you want people to visit many pages on your site, you need to make it easy for them. Menus necessary to navigate your site should be at the top or side of the page so they are easy to see. Make sure every page on your website can be accessed from these menus.

No Linkbacks

Direct traffic to your website is important, but in this highly connected digital world much of your traffic will come from referrals. Referrals are website visits that come from outside sources and pages. You can gain referral traffic by sharing your website on social media or working with other affiliates to share links. Linkbacks to your website helps to verify it through search engines and appear higher in search results.

No Goal Conversion

What do you want people to do when they visit your website? Fill out a contact form? Sign up for a newsletter? What you want people to do on your website should dictate how you build it and how it is designed. Always keep your end goal in mind and make sure website visitors can accomplish it with just a few clicks if needed.

Too Many Distractions

It’s easy to get wrapped up in adding fun things to your website like GIFs, photos, and animations, but use these things sparingly. Too many distractions can make your website seem unprofessional or make it difficult for people to accomplish what you want them to on your site. Use images where it is necessary to explain a concept or break up text. Use GIFs and animation only when they can help your business, like GDI’s animated banners that link to your signup page.

Grammar, Spelling

Nothing makes a website seem unprofessional quite like a spelling mistake or typo. Though these mistakes are simply accidents, it can make it seem like your are careless. Proofread your website frequently and anytime you add new content. Copy all the text from your website and run it through a spell check. If you can, have a friend proofread your website any time you update it.

 

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Feb 252014
 

Embed Video

Yes, you can easily add any video you’d like to your SiteBuilder site. Embedding YouTube videos into your SiteBuilder pages is very easy, and requires no HTML knowledge. Edit the page you would like and navigate to Add on Page>Text. Select the Source tab on the bottom. Keep that window open and head to YouTube in a new window or tab and navigate to the video you wish to add on YouTube. Then click Share>Embed just below it. A code will appear in a box, copy that code. Now head back to the text box in SiteBuilder and paste your code and select submit. Drag the newly created box to your desired spot and save or publish your page. Preview your page to make sure the video is correct and playing. preview. Your video will be embedded and ready to play.

For a step by step video of this, click HERE.

Blog

Did you want to add a blog but don’t want to use WordPress? You can have just that with the SiteBuilder blog plugin. Head to your SiteBuilder Main Menu and select the Plugins tab on the left hand side. Check the Active box to the right of the Blog plugin. You will then be prompted to name your blog. Once your blog is named you will be taken to the editor for your first post. Your blog is now ready to go!

For a step by step video of this, click HERE