Ok, I want to start a website initially on a free site and then move to my own domain. I'm dumb as dirt when it comes to any kind of coding so it needs to be user friendly. I want a blog to be attached, but I would really like it to function as a site instead of a blog platform. I'd really like it if website creation didn't make my poor computer connection drain so badly that no other devices in the house work.
Anyone that says weebly gets bitten.
And additionally, if I choose to move one or two articles off of hubpages, how long before the duplicate content slap goes away?
Use wordpress to get started.
Better - bite the bullet, get a Provider and your own domain name, install Wordpress and take the few weeks it takes to learn it.
If you are not in control of your own stuff you don't really have anything much. With your own site you can then learn SEO properly and this will take some time also. Think of it as a huge investment and it is not so painful.
www.wix.com is very user friendly and its a free flash site.
I recently started one with weebly & have a blog on one of the pages. Was very easy & I don't have a clue about code. I downloaded wordpress, but had errors trying to download plugins - think it has 'front end -back end' stuff?
You can bite me now!
Did you have problems with weebly? Sometimes it does slightly weird things temporarily, but otherwise I'm happy with it
Weebly repeatedly caused every wireless device in the house to lag/freeze when accessed from any of the computers. It's like it sucked my internet down a black hole.
To the rest of you, thank you so much for your help. I'll check your suggestions and bite the people that need bitten after I have my pot of coffee
Wordpress is not that hard to learn, I am just putting together my first site using Hostgator with WP installed. So far no major problems and all going smoothly...
I would just bite the bullet and go for it........
If you do; there are several videos on youtube with regard to setting up your first websites that take you through it step by step, i found them very helpful and very simple - too simple in some areas so they would obviously be of help to someone who is even less savvy than me and i don't have the first clue!!
Webs.com is another one. I personally use Weebly and Wix but will host my next sites with Webs.
You sound a bit like I once was. I wanted something that was pretty much easy to use but still had the functionality of a professional website. The FREE platforms will never have the advantages that buying your own domain name and hosting will. I made the decision to invest a small amount in a Wordpress theme, you can find the link to it in my profile. To get an unlimited hosting plan on Hostgator for your Wordpress sites only costs $9.95 per month and you can get the first month for 1 cent using the code BenSBDeals at checkout.
What that theme allowed me to do was get a site up and running quickly that had a great look to it fresh out of the box. Now I have little by little been able to at my own leisure and through the great support of their members only forum been able to make small tweaks here and there. It has increased my Adsense earnings 5 fold and continues to steadily rise.The theme has 23 preset spots for placing ads of any type and has 25 preset proskins (color themes) to choose from.
One of my favorite sites I created by using it is http://firewoodstorageshedplans (dot) com which I did without changing 1 single line of code. Just all done by selecting choices on the user interface and some copy pasting for the ads. Save yourself the time and headache all of the free platforms will give you. Not to mention any work you put into a free site will be for nothing if you were to switch it to your own domain eventually as all of your pages and all of your work to rank those pages would all have to start over from scratch. Your rankings will not follow you to your new domain.
Making money online is a business, like all businesses you get out of it what you put into it. The one time price for an easy to use professional looking website theme is worth every last penny and more. Hope that helped
What about if you buy a domain name at blogger, where you start free and can switch all your blogspot stuff over to a .com at a later stage (and get redirects). Is a blogger domain, which I think is around 10 dollars a year, the same as having your own website? Or not as good? (new at this)
Blogger is free, but one of the downsides is that all blogger domain names end in blogspot.com.
Much easier to get traffic to and rank with a wordpress site, so it is worth the small investment in money and time to build one
Thanks CMHypno...I think though, that there is a paid domain option which ends ends in a dot com. as opposed to blogspot.com.and if you're already a blogspot blogger, you can just transfer everything over:
http://www.brandigirlblog.com/2010/09/t … ogger.html
Yes Jane you can change over and do redirects, but everything I have read on the subject says you will fall in your rankings when you do. Remember one of the things that factors into ranking is age of domain. To go from an established sub domain to a brand new domain will hit you in that respect. Moral of the story is if you are going to start a blog or website that you plan on building up and keeping then buy a domain. The time wasted having it on the free site could have went towards aging your own domain and you will never have to suffer any ranking hits.
my hubby has a paid for website which looks nice, but it gets hardly any traffic, because it is selling stuff & not much in the way of content
I would suggest blogger.com over wordpress.com for your own hosted blogs. Wordpress is much better once you get your own hosting though.
To be honest though, if you want to own your own website, you really need to learn some of the basics of HTML and CSS. It also helps if you kind of understand what PHP is about too!
If you don't know the basics it is kind of like saying you want to become an architecht but do not want to learn architecture. You can use prebuilt plans fairly easily, or you can pay someone else to do everything.
Both blogger and wordpress allow pages with an attached blog and you can use your own domain name.
There's also Webs.com. Good for someone looking to build a merchant site.
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