I have great news for you: you don’t need to learn how to code to be able to build a website. Nor do you have to hire a professional as there are many drag & drop style visual website builders available that will allow you to get up and running.
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Well if you want a website you need somewhere to put it, which means you will need to purchase a web hosting plan. I recommend GoDaddy, good service at a good price and they have lots of hosting coupons. In terms of their hosting packages, deluxe is 50% off right now For the vast majority of people out there, a basic plan that includes economy hosting for 1 website on a shared server will be more than sufficient. Don’t be lured by plans for ‘WordPress‘ hosting or anything like that, any Linux based server can run WordPress and it’s quite easy to install. Many hosts even offer a 1-click installation.
Choosing a Visual Website Builder
The dilemma is that there are so many programs including the cheap, the free and the expensive – that it has become difficult to choose which option to use to build your own business website.
1) Free Website Builders
You may be wondering where on earth you can get a website builder for free? The answer is simple; from a website host. Many or indeed most website hosting companies will give you access to a free website builder included at no extra charge along with the hosting package.
Unfortunately, in website builders as in life, things you get for free tend to come with some disadvantages.
In most cases, the free programs have limitations – one of which is likely to be that you are only permitted to build a few pages. If you want any more, you often have to upgrade to a paid version of the website builder.
Next, most of these programs while quite easy to use tend to produce very basic websites which may not be anywhere near the standard of your competitor’s professionally constructed websites.
2) Software Based Website Builders
In this scenario, you simply purchase your website builder from a company and download the software or you pop into a shop and buy it as a CD or DVD package. Then you follow the instructions and carry out a simple installation. Next, you allow the built-in wizard software to lead you through various choices such as which design template and features to use etc., add your content and then upload your website onto your webspace on the Internet.
To successfully apply this method you will need a bit more technical knowledge than the other options as you will need to ensure that the package you have is compatible with your computer, select compatible website hosting and make sure you understand how to transfer files from your software and computer to your website hosting package.
Another advantage is that since the software is on your computer you can load your website to any web host you want and therefore can move to a new host easily and quickly whenever you want to.
3) Internet Hosted Website Builders
Online website builders are hosted on the Internet by a dedicated website builder provider company. They can be much easier to use as you don’t have to download or install the software. Rather, once you pay your fee (in most cases monthly) you are given a username and password with which you access your web space any time you want to modify your website.
Often these programs have a free trial period as well. In some cases, hosting is free unless you want extra services such as a dedicated website domain or more features.
Another advantage is that unlike the software packages, you benefit from any upgrades and extra features are added on automatically.
These programs tend to be quite easy and rapid to use and full-featured. They often come with a demonstration or wizard to walk you through the whole process of creating your website.