Building a new website doesn’t have to be as complicated as you may think, and you don’t have to be a whizz at web design or HTML code to be able to come up with a professional, vibrant website for your business.
There are few tools and services which are virtually tailor-made for small businesses without the budget to spend on web design and development services. As technology has advanced there are now many tools that are priced reasonably but still have a quality platform to build you website on. Here is a list of 5 DIY web-building services that you should take a look at:
This is by far the most popular option chosen by business owners wanting to set up websites. As a content management system, WordPress is easy to use and it is highly flexible and customisable. When you build a site with WordPress, you can add pages, themes and blog posts without any specialist knowledge whatsoever. WordPress is also free, although you will have to pay for web hosting.
This is a free website host and editor, which allows you to design and edit a site capable of rendering in HTML, Flash or mobile HTML5. It takes a little practice to be able to master the complicated site editor, but Moonfruit has a handy 40-page guide available to help.
This website host and editor is specially geared towards businesses of all sizes, and it allows you to add your ‘service’ to Qapacity’s business network along with an associated website promoting your business. It’s easy to get started and Qapacity’s basic services are free.
Although slightly easier to use than services like Moonfruit, you do lose a few of Moonfruit’s exciting design elements. Weebly has similar themes to WordPress, and the basic option is also free. However, Weebly also has the added benefit of optimising your site for mobile devices.
Jimdo is an easy to use website designer which optimises your site for mobile devices (including iPhone) and which also offers integrated e-commerce services. Jimdo does take a cut (around 10 per cent) of any sales you make through your new website. However, if you pay a little extra for business membership, you can avoid the service taking a percentage of your profits.
With so many tools out there, it can be hard to right the right one for you so my best advice is to also look at reviews and recommendations, as these will give you a good insight into the product
Christine is a content writer for Cartridge Monkey, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of discounted printer ink. Christine loves to write about technology, design and WordPress.