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Struggling to design your own website?

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I’ve been going through all the steps in my free report, Get Your Website Done: 12 Actionable Steps for Designers, and blogging about each step along the way. Today we’re at Step #10: Take inspiration and design.

As creatives, this is our sweet spot. But I know that designing our own projects can sometimes be trickier than others.

As someone who has redesigned my own website a number of times, I’ve learned to get past this problem by being systematic (pretty much why I created the report). So if you’ve gotten to the design phase with me, here are my favorite tips to help you design efficiently.

  1. Work on your site during your most productive time. Don’t banish it to your sleepy hours.
  2. Schedule it like you would a client project.
  3. Have a deadline—mine is March since I’m speaking at WordCamp Atlanta again!
  4. Use your process. Your process works for clients and it will work for your project too.
  5. Just get started. Sometimes the hardest part is beginning. I find that when I simply start a design—open up Illustrator and get to work—ideas start to flow and everything comes together nicely.

But before you can actually design, you need inspiration. Right?

In my latest blog post on my website, I share where I found my inspiration and a few ideas to help you find yours. Read my latest post here.

Want to finally get your website done? Download my free report and follow along with me.

Hi, I’m Jill, a web designer/developer who partners with talented designers, copywriters, and agencies on their websites, and their client’s sites. I’m passionate about crafting beautiful and innovative WordPress websites focused on clear positioning and positive user experiences. See my work & get my free report, Get Your Website Done: 12 Actionable Steps for Designers.

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