Start Here: The 5 Essential Parts of a Website

Many psychotherapists would like to have a website but have no idea where to start. One way to approach making a website is to think of it as a bunch of parts that have to come together. Here are the 5 absolute essential parts that make a website:

  1. Domain – looks a bit like “www.yournamehere.com”
  2. Web Hosting – the service that makes your website accessible on the internet
  3. Content – all the stuff, including written content and images, that needs to go onto your website
  4. Design – the colors, fonts, layout, and other visual design and visual communication elements on the website
  5. Development – the codes under the hood that make the website function

And that’s it!

Easy.

Or maybe not so easy. A 5-point list doesn’t really go into much depth about what these things are, how to find them, or what to do when you just feel overwhelmed! In this blog, I hope to help you understand what it takes to make a website, an awesome, purpose-driven website. It will also give you the information you need to stop hiding behind your big mug of tea over there and take action.

And don’t forget that any website is meaningless without purpose. Your website’s purpose ought to align with your practice’s purpose. Your website’s purpose guides all decisions to be made about the 5 parts of your website.

Part 1 and 2 – Domain and Web Hosting

I’m chipping away over here to give you the information you need! So far, I’ve written about understanding web hosting and domains and how to choose a domain name which has you covered for website part 1 and 2.

Part 3 – Content

There are quite a few articles to help you with website content: all the stuff you need to put on your website.

Starting with the basics, I share tips on the bare minimum content you need to write in the first place, as well as tips on how to structure your navigation.

That said, you can find some of my best advice on writing your website’s written content on my blog for therapist website writing tips.

Also, if you are starting to blog, take the free blog post idea generator for a spin for over 35 ideas on what to start blogging about.

As far as images go, recorded a video tutorial on everything you need to know about images so I got you on that too.

Part 4 – Design

There are a lot perks to hiring a web designer and even if you can’t afford to yet, there are ways that you can improve your website right now just on your own.

If you are able to take this lightly, here’s a funny post I wrote about how to make your website design less effective. I guess you could say these are 50 design mistakes that you should avoid.

If you’ve had a website for a while, it might be difficult to know when a website redesign is needed. Here are 6 signs that you need a redesign.

Part 5 – Development

I can’t wait to write a bit more for you about web development. So far, I’ve written a little about things you can do to keep your WordPress website secure and an absolutely must have security feature all therapist websites need.

I’ve also written about things like the differences between a web designer and a web developer and who to go to for what types of help.

If you’re still in the early days considering things, check out the three questions you should ask to discover what website solution to go with.

I love helping you and I have so much more to share with you. I can’t wait to do so.

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Kat Love

Hi, I'm Kat! Therapists helped me heal from childhood sexual abuse, so I helped them with websites and marketing for around 5 years. You can still write your therapist website in the easiest way possible with my easy, fast, and affordable solution called Empathycopy. Or stick around here on the Empathysites blog to get your fill of helpful website and digital marketing insights for therapists. Happy to help. Pronouns: they/them/their