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Establishing My Domain Name...

I finally put to practice what I preach to others about getting started with a website. That is purchasing a domain name, the name of the website, as the first priority. When you think of a name you want you to use for your website see if it’s available and if it is, buy it right away. Domain names go quick and can be expensive if some else owns it. So if you find your dream domain name that no one has buy it even if you’re not using it right away. This way you have a website name that is linked to you and only you. Also having a website these days are needed to be able to market yourself as well. ou I purchased my first domain name which is this website here. At the moment I’m learning as I go when it comes to the technical side of websites. I’m not really big on website structures, from the inside out. Creating a website and maintaining it takes a lot of work if done from the ground up. There are sites out there you can use to help with layouts, designs, and etc. I can create it but at this moment it’s not my focus. However, I always know where to go and what is needed to advise other. Anyhow, I stopped procrastinating on getting my domain name, realizing I needed to have my own personal website to direct clients to and etc.  I started of with having a blog but it had the host site name within the domain name. At first I was ok with that but needed to change it up for branding purposes I’m working on.

What I Learned...I learned it’s important to know the provider I purchased my domain name from. The provider I used was GoDaddy and they are easy to use now that I know more about what I’m doing. Once you have a provider that will host your website you would have to gather information from the host to be able to direct website to the domain name purchased.  If that is not done then when typing in the domain purchased it will not bring the website created to go along with the domain name. It’s important to get to know the directions on how to link your domain name to your website and there are always support help if needed from the providers you use for hosting your site to help with any kinks if needed.

Now that I have  finally have my website established a bit. I can proudly give out my website name to potential clients and anyone who cares to visit my website.

Finally Getting Back

It’s been a while since I have been back doing what I love.  Designing, branding, and working with clients. However, I have been focusing on school, moved, and married recently. Now things are starting to settle. I think it’s important to take the time to learn and sharpen my skills needed for your profession. Whatever, that maybe. For me I needed to learn business management and marketing. As a freelancer I’ve had my far share of getting “handle” or used because of lack of knowledge in certain areas when doing business with clients. Sometimes doing free work or consulting without being paid up front, not having proper contracts, and etc. All of these lesson learned. However, know with the tools I’ve learned I know what I need to do and how so. Many of the classes I had helped me to see where I made mistakes and how not to make them again. If hadn’t took the time to go back to school I would most likely still learn the hard way of doing business. Not saying there will not be obstacles as I continue on being a designer. Just I’ll be better equipped handle situations that come my way so I’m not taken advantage of. As well being able to provide better services for the clients I work with currently and in the future.

Since school is finally over and I feel stable in my new area, I feel like I can get back to freelancing and get back into the groove of things. I’m excited to work with my first new client in FL. So I’ll be getting my feet wet redesigning a logo, portfolio, and much more. With the new skills I have I will able to help them brand themselves. They will have a new professional brand to attract potential clients and partnerships they want. Can’t wait to share the experience here.