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Launch It! How To Build A Website (All By Yourself) With Annie Portelli

Small Business

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 4th February 2021

Today we bring you Lesson #3 in our Small Business Summer School, in partnership with  Squarespace!

If you’ve watched the last two episodes (here and here!) you will have a good overview of what it takes to set some goals and map out your first twelve months in business, as well as an understanding of how to photograph your product, in order to starting building your online presence.

Now, it’s time for the nitty gritty – building your website! Whilst this might seem like an overwhelming task, honestly, it’s easier than you think.  Squarespace’s all-in-one platform makes it easy to buy a domain, and build a great-looking website, all by yourself. Seriously!

In this lesson, Art Director and Graphic Designer Annie Portelli (and, yes our very own Art Director here at TDF!) shares her top tips on choosing your template, creating your website,  and making the most of Squarespace’s built-in features to grow your audience and email list over time.

So, watch the video, download the printable worksheet below, and have a go at building your very own website this week! We’ll see you here this time next week for our final lesson, where Julia Busuttil Nishimura will bring this Summer School series home, with a masterclass in building a community online.

Squarespace is an easy-to-use website-building platform that provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools they need to bring their creative ideas to life, online.

Head to for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code DESIGNFILES to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

Squarespace makes it easy to buy a domain, and build a great-looking website, all by yourself.  Seriously! Photos – Amelia Stanwix.

Annie Portelli takes you through how to plan your website, choose a template, and launch it! Photos – Amelia Stanwix.

Download the ‘Launch it!’ Lesson #3 worksheet here!

Download the ‘Launch it!’ Lesson #3 worksheet here!

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