When the World Wide Web made it’s debut approximately 25 years ago, despite being a big deal, the general public knew very little about the internet. Jump ahead and it seems as though we would cease to exist without it. Additionally, in contrast to the rarity of websites twenty plus years ago, it appears that most everyone, over one billion, more or less, has a website these days.
Whether you want to build a website for your small business or would like to make a personal website to share with family and friends, the wide range of options may be overwhelming. While the process of building your own website is much easier than it was decades ago, here are some things to consider when selecting the most suitable website builder for your needs:
In the past, when good websites could only be created by professionals, having your own website was a major financial investment. If your budget was limited, there was a good chance you weren’t able to get the website you wanted. While a small business might spend thousands of dollars a year to create and maintain a website, website builders can offer a significant savings without sacrificing quality of content or other important features. One of the advantages to using a website builder is the cost. While some website builders charge a small annual fee, there are many that offer a free service with the option to upgrade for a reasonable price. Beware of website builders that charge the same, or close to, price as a professional design service.
Choosing your website’s design is the fun part of the process, but for many it can be over or underwhelming. If you are an indecisive person, select a website builder that offers a limited amount of templates. However, if you like the idea of changing up your website’s design on a regular basis or you are looking for something in particular, look for a website builder with a large selection of designs. For example, if you want modern and uncomplicated designs, Wix templates are an example that there are templates for everyone and require very little “extra” work on the user’s part
Ease of Use
A good website builder should be easy to understand and designed for anyone to use, not just tech savvy individuals. When creating your own website, you should feel empowered rather than frustrated and you should be able to make your own edits to reflect the changes within your business or your needs. Nothing can be more frustrating than having an outdated website because you don’t know how to make changes. Look for website builders that allow you to test out the site first before committing and avoid a site that is more confusing than not.
While these three things are excellent starting points when creating a website, don’t forget to select a website builder that offers adequate customer support. Although your website builder should be “self service” and require very little assistance, choose a site that has good customer service and technical support, 24/7.