Hi there, so you’re looking for help on how to get started building your own website. If you’re a service provider stick around, if you are looking for help on how to create an e-commerce store I would look for another piece of content because this post is not going to cover that.
So in this post, I’m going to cover three things, the first being what to include in your website. Number two being what platform to use to build your website. Lastly, we’ll cover the cost and how to work out the cost depending on which platform you use.
You can watch the video or read the post, both mediums cover the same information.
I recommend if you’re just getting started that you want to keep things simple. The following pages are the bare minimum that you want to include. They are:
Those are the only pages that I recommend that you have when you start out your services website.
I have used quite a lot of website builder platforms. For my first website I used a drag and drop platform similar to Wix. I can’t even remember the name of it now. It was handy for getting started when I hadn’t a clue what I was doing but I didn’t stay there for long.
Next I tried out Squarespace. I did love Squarespace and the website looked beautiful but I discovered that the functionality, whilst it was OK it wasn’t great. You are limited to what Squarespace has to offer so you can’t bring in any external plugins to do anything out of the ordinary.
Next up I moved to WordPress. I started off with a theme, which turned out to be quite troublesome. A lot of the time when I created changes and previewed them they looked fine. But then when I set them to live they were totally off and did not look as I had previewed.
I had all sorts of problems with people not being able to sign up to my freebies because some pages weren’t working properly.
That lead to my decision to move to a more premium WordPress website builder. I thought that was great although it didn’t have quite as much design flexibility as I would have liked (picky designer!).
So when I’d heard a lot of chat about Showit I decided to try out their free trial to see what I thought of it. Once I used that I decided to switch over to them. The reason I made this final switch was I found Showit to be the best of both worlds.
You get the flexibility of drag and drop, in fact I find it’s the most flexible drag and drop option out there. Plus it’s linked to WordPress for blogging, which means you can then use all the WordPress plugins depending on which Showit subscription you have.
You get the best of the drag and drop plus the power of WordPress without any of the headaches (of which I’ve experienced a lot over the years). That’s my personal recommendation having used many website builders. Obviously you don’t need to go with that (I am biased because I design Showit website templates).
Lastly you want to consider the cost of all of the options I’ve listed above. So what I’ve done is, I’ve created a website cost calculator.
You can grab it for free at the end of this blog post.
I’ve included a few pros and cons for each platform in the calculator. You can research what the cost is in your area or currency. The items I’ve included are: D
Some website builders include hosting (I’ve noted that down in the calculator where applicable). In those cases you don’t need to search for hosting separately.
Some builders are free but you have to pay for your hosting.
They all work about the same to be quite honest.
What can vary hugely is the price of themes and templates. And just in case you’re new here, I design templates. You can go check them out at here!
So I hope that’s helped answer your question of how to get started building my own website. Make sure you grab your comparison calculator and I hope you found it helpful