From Idea to Live Website: The Best Tools to Design and Build your Website
26-Aug-2019 03:11 PM
The very first thing that entrepreneurs do when they hit upon a new idea is to go online and snatch a domain name that’s a good fit. This is true for small businesses as well. With consumers whipping out their phones to google every query they have, maintaining an online presence is all but common sense. People are more likely to find you online through a search query than they are to find your brick and mortar store – if you have one – through word of mouth.
But going online is not just about creating a social media page for your brand or uploading your business to Google My Business. Having a well-designed website for your business is now the norm. You might be wondering how to get on the website bandwagon and just how easy or hard it is. According to this article
, about 380 websites are created every minute! Starting a new website is incredibly easy and people with absolutely no coding experience have created some wonderful websites.
In this article, we will introduce to you the best in each category of website builders, CMS, hosting and other resources to build your online presence.
Find a host for your online home
Finding a suitable host for your website should be a priority task always. It is not recommended to go the cheap way. Your host is where your website lives and breathes. If you don’t get a reputed hosting service for your website, you might be compromising on loading speed and security. Lots of web hosting companies have starter packages that are as cheap as $2 a month. If you’re low on budget and willing to sacrifice on certain features, then they may be good enough for you. If you’re serious about your website security and scalability, you should go with an established hosting service like Bluehost
Fix it up with Wix
This first-in-class website builder boasts an AI assistant that will automatically build your website for you.
If you choose to do it yourself, a simple drag and drop interface awaits you. You can get started in minutes and have a fully-functional website in under 2 hours! In addition to the huge number of templates on offer, Wix also comes equipped with an app store that has an add-on for every functionality that you can think of.
You can try Wix for free and even design your complete website to get a good idea of how it looks like when it is live. But if you decide to go the professional way and add more features before publishing it, Wix also offers you four, very affordable, pricing schemes.
Get the Word out with Wordpress
Content Management Services (CMS) like Wordpress and Joomla, which are typically used for Enterprise Content Management and Web Content Management, have changed the website development landscape completely. With an intuitive and powerful dashboard, Wordpress is the undisputed leader in CMS. With a massive community of developers behind it who are constantly building new plugins to add to an ever-increasing plugin market, Wordpress has turned out to be the standard solution for newcomers to design and develop their website.
There is very little coding knowledge required to get on board with Wordpress, which is what’s attracting the newbies. If you find yourself limited by the Wordpress dashboard, you have the liberty of customizing it to your needs provided you have some level of PHP or CSS proficiency. It is extremely unlikely you will have to do this. The Wordpress community has thought of and solved almost every problem and need that a typical website owner would have.
What makes it truly attractive is that Wordpress is completely free!
Here are just a few features you get for the low price of zero dollars per month:
- Social media integration
- Increased site security
- Responsive web design
- Convenient syndication
- SEO ready
Paint the Canvas with Canva
By now, you should have a very good idea of how your website is going to look like and what the content should be about. What would really make your website stand out is a customized design that incorporates your brand guidelines and color palette. Of course, you can just hire a freelancer to do this on Fiverr or Upwork, but if you really want to go the cheap way then head over to canva.com.
From website banners to creating infographics, Canva has a huge variety of free resources to help your project. Canva also offers some paid creatives that can be bought as a one-time purchase or you can access all paid creatives by subscribing to any of their plans.
Most websites nowadays have a page dedicated to a blog. No doubt each blog will then require a featured image to go along with it. Canva will help you create those as well.
Images for the Imaginative
Once your website is operational, you will find that content with images has more traffic and attracts traffic from a wide variety of sources. A good image accompanying your blog or advertisement will surely get more eyeballs. And the best part is that you don’t have to shell out $$$ for top-quality images! Here are some resources to score some sweet pics:
Posting these images on social media channels is sure to drive more traffic to your website.
To Sum it Up…
If you fully commit yourself, taking an idea and building a website around it is indeed a doable task. However, this commitment requires significant time investment and a lot of re-works if you’re not particularly of a creative bent of mind. What’s more, if you decide to take on well-established competitors within your niche, then you need to up your game by going the premium way. This involves purchasing themes, upgrading your hosting, buying image licenses and paying freelancers to design and code for you.
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