It’s not as complicated anymore to build a website, no longer does it require you to learn how to code in programming languages. With the emergence of CMS (Content Management System) it has become easier than ever for the “average Joe” to build a website.
To me the hardest part of building a website is not creating one, it’s the design aspect of it. Figuring out how to build a website that is intuitive, engaging, and converts your audience is no easy feat. The design process of creating a website for a photo gallery is far different than that of a news article site. If you are able to create a website that can do it all then you have the winning formula. With that said, let’s look at some ways you can use to create your own website or blog.
Methods to Build a Website
- Coding your own website
- Pay someone to build a website
- Use CMS Builders
There are a few ways that you can build a website for yourself. One of which we already talked about and that’s learning programming languages but that could take months or years to learn. And the Second option would be to pay for someone else to build a website for you like using Fiverr but that could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the site that you want to make so that leaves us with CMS’s.
Essentially CMSs (Content Management System) is an application that lets you build and/or manage your website through a user friendly interface instead of programming the website from scratch. So instead of using programming code, you may see a familiar interface like a Word Processing application or a Drag and Drop application to build a website.
If you want to learn more about CMS you can check out the Wiki or just do a google search for it.
Types of CMS (content management system)
I’m going to break it into two types of CMS’s.
There are CMS’s that are All-in-One CMS’s, which you get the Hosting, Domain and Web Builder all in one package and Stand-alone CMS’s like WordPress.org (not to be confused with WordPress.com) that requires you to have your own Domain and Hosting services that you can install the WordPress application on the Hosting Service’s servers. These are no way official types or terms, it’s just the way I chose to categorize them to make it easier to understand how to build a website.
ALL-in-ONE Website Builders
The great thing about these all-in-one is that you get everything you need (Domain, Hosting, Builder) all in one place so it’s really convenient to just log into one account and be able to access it all.
Generally, these types of services are intuitive and really easy to use to build your website. These services help take away the hesitation for someone who may think that it’s too difficult to build their own website. You can build a fairly robust website in under an hour even if you don’t understand the layout or in just a few minutes if you need a simple page.
Here are some popular services out there:
- Squarespace – Best Overall Structure
- Shopify – Best eCommerce
- Wix – Most Customization
- Weebly – Most Intuitive & Ease of Use
Just keep in mind that some providers will NOT include the Domain Name in the price unless you get the higher tier plan but you have the option to purchase it through them. Some providers also allow you to transfer your Domain Name if you purchased through another provider like NameCheap, so you have some flexibility if you rather purchase a Domain Name from somewhere else.
Self-Hosting Website Builders
Self-Hosting services require you to get your own hosting services and Domain name but may sometimes allow you purchase those services directly through them but for the most part that’s not the case.
Here are some notable services out there:
- WordPress – Best Overall
- Drupal – Comprehensive Features
- Joomla – Flexible Designs
- Magento – Best eCommerce
These services may require you to install the application directly on the Hosting providers server but some Hosting providers will allow native one click installs if they offer it but even if they don’t, it’s not too difficult for you to install it yourself. There’s tons of information on how to do that if you do a quick search on it.
All-in-One VS Self-Hosting based CMS | PROs & CONs
Whether you choose an All-in-One CMS or a Self-Hosting CMS to build a website, there really is no right or wrong way, it just depends on your needs and situation.
|PROs:||– Easy to Learn||– More Control|
|– Convenient||– Many Features|
|– Fast builder||– Flexibility|
|– Short Terms||– Fair Pricing|
|CONs:||– Limited |
|– Slight Learning|
|– Hosting terms|
can be Long
Choosing an All-in-One to build a website is generally the quickest way to get a website up and running but you are giving up the flexibility and control that you would get with a Stand-alone like WordPress.
If you’re looking to create a website with the minimum knowledge and effort then going with a All-In-One solution might be best for you. If you need more customization and more control over how your website functions and you are willing to learn a little bit then a Self-hosting solution like WordPress is a better option.
I personally enjoy using WordPress to create all my websites needs. Once you learn the in’s and out’s of WordPress, you start to realize how much more you can get from a Self-Hosting solution versus a All-in-One but it’s more of a preference and a business need basis.
I will be doing Tutorials on both methods on many different vendors so check back every so often if you are still curious about a solution to build a website.
If you find that these solution just does not work for you then you have deep pockets then by all means, try to shop around on Fiverr to get a reputable freelancer to build a site for you and if you just need a one page blog, you can find someone to make it for it for under $100 USD.
And if you want complete control, maybe trying learning a bit a coding, you never know, it might like it and it may come easy to you. It’s a valuable and lucrative skill to have.
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