When we started working on Edicy we wanted it to be the simplest and most beautiful way to create a website. You don't have to be a code or design guru to have an exceptional online presence for yourself or your business. Although our designs usually look great with any content right out of the box, there are a few ways to make your site really shine. Here's how.

Choose the right design

Own a small bakery? In charge of a large non-governmental organization with hundreds of members? Edicy has got you covered - a growing number of fresh and unique designs cater to all kinds of different needs. Take a few minutes to browse through our selection and find the right one for you.

Keep in mind that different content works best with different designs - a big corporate website might need a different approach than a photo-rich personal blog. Feel free to experiment, switch designs and find the suitable one. Want some inspiration? See what other Edicy users have created.

Have great content

A good design is nothing without some quality content. Take pride in your writing and try to fill your page with relevant content - texts, news, photos, maps and other widgets. All visitors love a frequently updated website with plenty of information so go that extra mile and provide more than just the bare necessities. Don't worry, nobody expects you to create a 2000-page website. But a small map with the location of your business would be nice and thoughtful.

Use photos

You might remember from your childhood that books with pictures were always more fascinating than books without them. Same goes for internet - people prefer illustration-rich sites to dull, texty ones. So whip out your digital camera and take a few shots out there to give your Edicy page some personal touch and flare.

Don't have any good photos or not confident in your shooting skills? The web is full of high-quality royalty free photos and illustrations of virtually everything. And I'm not talking about Google Images - virtually all of the images found there are copyrighted by their owners. As an great alternative, search from Flickr photos licensed for commercial work. Browse through some awesome submissions from people all over the world, make sure you credit them on your website and squeeze yet more oomph out of your Edicy design template.

In the next part: I'll show you how to take the extra step further and customize existing Edicy's stock designs. I'll also give tips how to build your own design. In the meanwhile, try the steps above and show your results in the comments!

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