Well, if you lived near Miami, I'd say hire my friend Scott at ipanemic.com, because he is awesome at webdesign, plus a fabulous photographer (some not safe for work!). I'm working on this myself and the consensus from everyone I've talked to is Wordpress.
Just start with the default theme - content is more important. Try Googling for "[your keyword] free Wordpress themes" and see what comes up.
You can pay for themes like Genesis or Thesis, but as a newbie I wouldn't bother. "Framework" style themes are good for experienced webmasters, but they have a learning curve of their own. You'll have enough on your plate just learning Wordpress, without tackling that!
all you do . . . . . the rest is pretty much like hubbing . . . . after the two weeks frustration and tears of wrestling wordpress to the ground at which point is does become relatively easy ! I can now knock out a fully functioning multi-page stuff filled website in about two hours - but you have to do the pain thing first.
If you don't do it yourself you will be at the mercy of every little thing that goes wrong and the guy who you have to call - who can fix it in half a second but harges you an hour of time. And usually it is to fix a problem that he caused in the first place !!! Do I sound a little cynical? perhaps I have been there.
It is well worth the effort of starting up - and the help guides can be followed when you have learned first hwo to use them and understood some of the things that go without saying - so they don't say it - Which can be pretty frustrating !
Hy. I am a creator of my own website which also has a blog on it. It was free on Weebly.com and it never let me down, and is very reliable. I now have a second website, and I have bought for a few measly bucks a few more domain names of websites I am going to develop. WordPress and Blogger are also amazing. You can get a blog on Blogger for about a tenner if you register it with your own name, but still free to host on anyway.
Feel free to check out my website, it's all my own work. But just have fun writing what you want to write, you have more freedom with a website. Cheers!
I use WordPress for my sites and highly recommend it. It's very user friendly once you find your way around. Spend a day playing around with it and you'll fall in love. I use Bluehost for hosting but I know many others recommend Hostgator, I think they're both great options. Good luck!
If you want to really, really own your very own site, you need to get a hosting package from a hosting company. Then you upload your wordpress software to the domain name you bought and put on your host.
Think of hosting as a mall. You buy a spot in the mall for your store, or site, see?
I have no experience with code etc. Was quite easy to do. More flexibility than Weebly, as can layer objects & place them exactly where you want them. (I am trying out Weebly for an educational website). We have pro package with Webstarts, which was half price for around $7 per month
Like THH, I also use Bluehost and they provide one-click wordpress install.
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.(wikipedia)
You could do it for as cheaply as about $3.99 per month +/- a couple fees.
Find a good webhost - http://hubpages.com/hub/Choosing-the-Best-Web-Host ----------Blue Host and Hostgator are the most popular. Both have cPanel, which include Fantastico (a utility to quickly install/setup various PHP scripts and databases). Use Wordpress (it's free). Tons of free themes and plugins too.
A blog is different from a standard website. Which is why Wordpress and Blogger are limited in what they offer.
There is an outstanding company called Square Space that offers excellent hosting of the domain name, full easy to use controls and thousands of styles + themes to choose from.
As a professional web programmer and designer, SquareSpace tops the charts above WordPress, Blogger, WebPros, abc4pc, etc --even Joomla and Drupal ( which are, presently, the leading Content Management Systems ). Check out their rate options. I helped someone with an import and redesign using their templates. IMO Prime Rib v Applebees Select Steak.
I already have a blog. I want to create a site to sell my paintings and other things. Would I be able to do that from a blog? I would also have to see if I would be able to add a link to paypal for purchases that are made. AHHH
yes, of course you can. It just simply add link on your product to your paypal, so when someone click it, it will redirect to paypal for purchasing. You need an experience programmer to do that. What kind of blog have you used ? blogspot ? weebly ?
Wordpress or Weebly are both very simple platforms that don't cost much to host! The advantage of wordpress is that there is a multitude of instruction on the web that you can use to implement any changes you require.
I buy my domains through GoDaddy, but GoDaddy has TERRIBLE hosting so I use HostGator for hosting, I think I pay $7 a month for. Domains are about $10 a year. On my hosting, I use Wordpress (Hostgator offers an easy installer for Wordpress along with many other platforms), which is simple and straight forward.
What type of business do you start?Small or large If you build a website for small medium of business,Website template is enough.Most of providers have predesigned professional web templates.So no need any external effort to build a website.Just buy one web template from any one of the service provider and edit your own contents easily.If you build a website for large medium of business.You should keep some of the instructions.Here i list out some steps to build a successful website. 1.Domain name registration 2.Hosting 3.Build your website(It includes designing a web page, Coding , editing and adding all necessary contents to a website. 4.Finally publish your website. Through the online service provider you can get all the above services.Nowadays there are lot of service providers available.I would suggest http://www.tucktail.com/ Recently i launched one website with a help of this provider.I like their services.
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