How do I start a website?
This question is asked millions of times a day by everyone around the planet. Whether you have a business, want a blog, or just want an email @yourdomain.com, you will need to understand how to navigate the array of services available to you online.
There are many options that range from “Free” to incredibly expensive. Keep in mind free is in quotes for a reason that we will examine further.
I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this saying. “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” That is true for all sites on the internet. Google gives you “Free” Search but there are ads everywhere on the page.
iTunes is “Free” but now you are enticed to buy from Apples music/video store. The same goes for “Free” website makers.
WordPress.com – Offers free blogs, easy user interface, your own subdomain (yourdomain.wordpress.com). The free blog only offers a limited amount of pages and traffic. They also put ads on the side of your blog so they can make revenue to cover the costs of your “free” blog. You will also have an “Upgrade To Pro” visible when you log in. Generally the prices you pay for PRO or for a domain is well above what you would pay at other sites.
Weebly.com – Offers you the same “Free” things that wordpress does. Free blog, limited number of pages, limited bandwidth etc. Only to try and up sell you on the back end.
These are good places to start if you just want to see what it would be like to start a site on your own. Maybe get used to logging into the backend to a system that isn’t Facebook or Google.
But if you own a business, want to create your own brand, or just be taking serious when it comes to your online presence. You will need to look for a hosting company you can use for all phases of your online presence. Something like www.fastwebbuilder.com or a few others.
I will go into those options in my next post.