How Strikingly Helped Build My Blog
I am sure you are wondering who and what strikingly is and whether this is related to wellness. I will start from the beginning. Having tried out blogging back in 2014 on different platforms, I struggled to find a website builder that would satisfy all my needs as a basic account holder. Back then, I did not understand how blogging worked, but I knew I wanted to do it on a platform that would complement my content. I was introduced to strikingly this year sometime in June and since then, it has been a great experience.
Strikingly is a website builder that literally allows you as the user to build a website from scratch without having any software development experience. Hello opportunities! I am a lawyer by training and my only IT background is the basic mircosoft office tools and perhaps a little bit of photoeditor. Other than that, I have no coding background and this is where strikingly met my needs as a blogger.
I wanted to build a website that would act as a wellness platform where my readers could have access to tips of how to manage a healthy lifestyle. When I started building the website, I didn’t know what should come first or whether I should focus on my content before completing the website. Till today, I cannot say that I have finished building my website because it’s a working progress; however, strikingly showed me how to start and gradually improve it.
Once you set up an account with strikingly, you are presented with a tool bar where you can select what you want to achieve. The website options are Business, Start Up, Personal, Portfolio, and Blog. I knew mine would start as a blog and grow to eventually become a self- sustaining business. I selected the blog option and again, I was presented with a number of beautiful templates to pick from. Having done my research on what works best, I chose a template that complemented wellness and healthy living.
In order to have access to more templates and themes, strikingly gives you the option of free, limited and pro accounts where you can make a monthly or annual payment to use a variety of tools to improve your website. I chose the free-user account and decided to maximise on all the available tools until I was ready and well versed with the platform to pay for a pro- account. As a free user on the blog feature, you can add sections that will appear on one long page. The user dashboard is clean and easy to use with the right tools at the right place. You can visualise your website and literally construct it as you see it. After putting in details of your website, you can add pictures, videos, documents and hyperlinks to give your reader a road map for your website.
As a blogger, the editing section is definitely the best part. You can design your layout with a drag and drop button which makes it very easy when you want to change how the sections should appear. The editing section appears on the left panel and you can preview the website, change the style, the font, and even put in your business logo and it will automatically work with the colors on the logo. This will make your website to appear in uniformity with the logo.
That calls for a standing ovation!
Under the basic account, (free user) you have nine different formats of how your articles can appear. My website is primarily made of articles on different topics. I love the design strikingly gives because the reader can simply pick what appears interesting based on how you present it. A huge benefit of using strikingly is also the fact that it has built-in social media plug-ins, page analytics, and form/email collecting functionalities. You can access detailed analytics of your website with information on the most used devices to access your website and countries where you have the biggest audience.
Cheers to that information!
Most bloggers can relate when I say that picture quality is your bread and butter. Strikingly offers an in-built photo gallery that has an amazing collection of pictures from abstract themes to food and travel! There is so much to explore on the platform.
Lastly, strikingly gives you a clean user friendly platform to build your website. This means that once a reader visits your website, it will be very easy for them to navigate because you are given ideas of how to organise the various sections from; Welcome, About, Social Media Feed and Contact. I do love the social media feed because it gives your readers direct access to your social media handles.
If you need a simple website builder to start your business or create an online portfolio but you don't have any coding background, then strikingly is for you. All you need to do is to set up an account and get started!
Yours in Wellness,
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