How do you start a project on the internet? It is a question that is often asked, or at least thought, before being filed away as too expensive or too hard. The fact of the matter though, is that it is not. It really isn’t difficult to start something on the internet, and it costs nothing 99% of the time.
So how do you do it?
Well the first thing you have to do is have an idea, that part can be difficult. You have to find a problem, or a place where something is lacking, find the solution or what is lacking, and work out a way to fix it. This can be difficult to do, but the trick is to keep your eyes open, and look for the problem. One of my classes at the moment involves doing exactly that, and the key thing my lecturer advises is to talk to people. Problems don’t jump out at you and drag the solution across the screen, if they did then someone would have done it already
So what do you do after that? You need a plan a direction, step by step, of how to do it. I started a news blog for a particular group on the internet. They were all followers of a group of YouTubers. So my plan was to first integrate the way we presented this news with the way I knew the target audience used the internet. So I chose to do it through Tumblr, because it was big in the group. This meant that people didn’t have to look for me we can to them. The hardest thing to do on the internet is to get someone to click on your link.
So I had my idea and my plan, what was I going to do with it. Well in this case I didn’t need a website, but I wanted to make sure we catered to everyone, so I had to have one anyway. Now there are loads of good website builders on the internet that are perfectly free. Because my site was text based, I used wordpress.com. This is a brilliant thing that handles all the coding for you, leaving you with a very simple but elegant website.
Now you have you thing, it is ready for people to go on to. How do you get them to do that? You have to try and find people who would be interested in it and market it to them. Word of mouth is going to be by far your biggest friend. You have to find the type of people who would be interested in it and get them to look at it, and hopefully they will like it and continue to return. Try to find ways to appeal to these people and to spread the word of your thing.
Finally, and probably most importantly, adapt. I am going to be honest; whatever you just made was rubbish. It doesn’t work as it should, and is not as great as it needs to be. How do I know? Because the first draft of anything is bad. What you have to do is listen to the people using it, get your friends to try it, and get honest feedback. This allows you to fix those annoying problems and turn the entire thing into something that actually is awesome. It can be hard to hear people tell you that the part of your creation that you thought was the best is actually really flawed, but you have to trust the user and adapt it, turning it into something that the user likes. Once you have this continue to do it. Facebook is constantly changing, and there is a reason for that, it works.
These are the main steps that you need to take with creating anything, whether it is a website, or even a physical thing. The only difference is what you go about using. The fact of the matter is though, you should try to create something, because even if you think something you want to do would suck, it only ever truly sucks if you never try it.