Building a Website – Should I use a free website?

What Is The Very First Thing I Need to Do in Building a Website

The very first question you need to answer is whether you are going to want to update your website yourself, or whether you want a static information-only website. This decision determines what platform your website should be built upon.

If you are a beginner, here are some basic choices:

Free Websites

You can go to wix.com, or godaddy.com and sign up for a “free website” and you will be led through a process of setting up your own website. You will choose from hundreds of “templates” that will allow you to swap out pictures, change colors, and do a few other changes to give it a signature look. However, the downside is that you are sort of stuck with the template that you pick. You can’t do much in the way of customization because it is all
template based.

What these websites do is they create lots of templates that are basic “tweaks” of each other, and they become the pool of available templates. This way, the web design is already done for you.

This is a great option if you just want a website for a club, or an organization, or maybe a special event. They do not have any link building, SEO optimization build into the designs, so they might not do that well for an actual business, which will need to do marketing and compete against other companies that have web departments.

WordPress – Content Management Systems

WordPress has two choices for the beginner. (1) is whether you want the free, no-management style blog available at www.wordpress.org or (2) whether you want to host a wordpress blog that will be constructed to act as a website/blog, which is available at www.wordpress.com.

In the World of WordPress, the “templates” are called “themes” and there are probably now thousands for you to choose from. Unlike the websites available at wix.com and godaddy.com, they have the addition of “widgets” that are small stand-alone computer programs that hook into the
basics of WordPress and give your website quite a bit of interactivity such as searching capabilities, forms, menus, calendars, and much more.

WordPress works “right out of the box” so to speak, and it can also be altered and changed by most web developers. Once you pay for the site to be
changed for your specifications, it is turned over to you and you are in the position to keep it active and updated with new pages and posts without the help of a website developer.

WordPress is also “SEO friendly” — VERY FRIENDLY. If I had to pick one feature of WordPress as it’s strongest feature, it would be the fact that it is extremely SEO friendly. If you blog and post new information often, it helps your website climb the search engine ladder to greater visibility.

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