Hi Annanda, Welcome to the community, so pleased to hear you have found this article interesting. We could not agree more setting up a website is so important to any future business growth, as we mention in this article, with the internet being so accessible, it now means that it is so important for your businesses to have that online presence. Please do feel free to share with others you feel could too benefit from our content. Thanks again for your comment. Natasha.
Some of the website builders will give you a free custom domain name for the first year if you sign up to their annual plans.  After the first free year, it typically costs around $20 to renew every year. If you prefer to buy your own custom domain name elsewhere as it is usually cheaper, you can purchase your domain name is through GoDaddy, and it will cost you about $12 – $15 per year. From a bigger picture perspective, it’s not a significant difference.
We have been building custom website applications for customers for years and based on repeated requests such as yours to find quality site design services at an affordable cost we finally developed a totally managed website system where we load and configure your site on our system, show you how to add and edit the content whenever you want and then turn the site over to you.
No, I am not saying you have to spend $10,000 or anything close to that, but $1000 is, in most instances, not going to get you a professional website, regardless of what someone is telling you. Sure, for a freelancer with no overhead, $1000 is a nice payday for a quick and simple website, but that is not what you are looking for. You are looking for something that has to be very visually attractive, integrate a smart calendar feature for your events (maybe even allow people to register) and to have the ability to rank in search engines.

A privacy policy is must for every website, a privacy policy lets the visitor to your website know what you’ll do with the personal information they give you. On this page, let the site visitor know how any personal information and data (e.g. advertising, cookies, emails etc) collected will be used, and whether or not it will be shared with third parties. You must strictly adhere to your privacy policy.


...needing done is a website that has two page styles. One style is for those interested in the makerspace. The other style is for those pages concerning social services. I would like the themes to be obviously related but different. Think masculine/feminine view of the same website. The one requirement is I would like the theme to be built with bootstrap
A Website Designer and a Website Developer are technically 2 very different things. As far as job titles and job responsibilities go, a Website Designer would be responsible for the visual layout choices and aesthetic design of your website, whereas a Web Developer actually builds the website using various tools at their disposal. You might say it’s a little like the relationship between an architect and a general contractor. The architect lays down the design blueprint, and the contractor makes the design happen. But as far as most business owners are concerned, the terms are largely interchangeable. So, for the sake of clarity, we will be assuming that by saying, “I Need a Website Designer,” that you are a business owner, and you’re looking for someone to build or rebuild your company website. We’ll just pretend Website Designers do both jobs, and move on. 😊
This tutorial is designed to help beginners get started on their own so WordPress and a pre made theme are a great way to dive in and build a website from scratch. You can of course design your own WordPress theme or pick up a premium theme such as Bridge, Divi or X-Theme from Themeforest which you can customise a fair bit. I have a post on fronted frameworks too if that helps you.
I am a graphic and web designer based in Southern Florida. Over the last 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to make web designs for several companies and countless industries; which has given me my strong extensive web designing knowledge and technical skills, I have also earned a degree in web design and graphics. My specialties include web design, Wix websites (including mobile), SEO and marketing material such as brochures, catalogs, banners, banner ads, emails, flyers pdf’s (including ebooks), social media graphics, business cards, branding, and album art. My favorite projects includes Wix web design (in which I have earned Wix Webmaster Credentials) and all types of graphic work, but I also love to take on new challenges to expand my portfolio and knowledge. I love what I do and I truly take pride in providing high quality work and making my clients happy.
If you’re looking to get online with minimal fuss and care more about functionality than appearances, 1&1 IONOS’s builder is a quality option. It’s built for business use with lots of scalable tools. This means it’s great for growing small businesses, offering useful tools like accounting assistance, and local business listings.  As your business grows, the site can too – it’s more than just a website builder.
I recently started to create a blog through wordpress. I admit, It is intimating..I am not tech savvy. I wanted to eventually monetize my blog once I have several articles published. My wife recently started a small organic coffee brand(online retail) and wondering if we need a website if we are building a blog. Could we just essentially sell off the blog or would it be wiser to separate the product within its own website and include the link within the blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have an online store on eBay and sell collectible postage stamps from all parts of the world. Their auction site is awesome but their fees are becoming outrageous. When you add that to the fees from PayPal, I’m not sure who I am really working for. First of all, is there an auction house plugin that resembles eBay what you recommend. And secondly, what is the minimum amount of memory my computer should have? I would have about 250 listings at any one time that would last 7-10 days.
Yes, there are places where you can build “free” DIY websites, but a) they really aren’t free. You pay fees to remove ads, to get a decent domain name (a “dot com”), hosting, and to make changes or get help. Those fees are usually quadruple what a single individual would charge, and this practice is what usually hobbles most new business owners. I’ve seen lawyers with “free” DIY sites that are costing their practice(s) thousands per day in lost cases that their competitors are free to snatch up. I’ve seen restaurants making $10 to $20,000 per day go with “free” DIY blank template sites and then wonder why no one is placing orders online or no one can find them in local Google searches. The reason major companies don’t have “free” DIY sites is that they want results - more customers- and are willing to pay a few grand in order to increase their overall long term profits. My other point, b) is that you get what you pay for. “Free” websites don’t teach you how to incorporate a marketing plan into digital marketing assets, how to analyze your local demographics, won’t write professional-level copy for your site, or help you establish yourself. It’s the difference between reaching a goal and chasing your tail. It’s the difference between your phone ringing with new leads versus the sound of crickets chirping.
Gone are the days of custom made, hand coded websites being the only option available; if you’re in the market for a new website, there are now an overwhelming range of options to choose from. I’m a London based web designer in Barnet / Enfield, and many of my clients are unsure what’s right for them. They know they need a website. But do they hire a web designer? Will they need a site built completely from scratch, or based around a template? Do they attempt to build one themselves using one of the increasingly popular “build your site online for free” type services?
Trouble is, and I’ve tried to navigate quite a few, but within minutes, as a complete Luddite – I get completely bogged down. I even managed to make a mess of the WordPress option. All I need is the most basic site with detail and a pic of my book. I don’t need a pay page and am happy just to direct people to Amazon etc. should they wish to purchase. Even writing this I feel sure you have covered everything I am asking here. But could you offer some suggestions on the best way forward? I should add here (and I know there would be options for me should money not be a problem) that unfortunately throwing a lot of money at this is (unfortunately) not an option.

The question is more important today than ever before, since it is believed that a site’s storage location directly influences its loading time, which in turn affects a business’s ability to attract and retain traffic to the site. To reduce loading time, SITE123 websites are stored on content distribution network (CDN) servers spread across the globe. A visitor will view your site in the fastest manner, when loaded from the closest possible location. Make a website with great performance.
Hibu is a digital marketing agency that focuses on small business website design, search engine optimization (SEO), advertising, search marketing, and social media. They offer a great value: complete website design starting at $400, plus SEO maintenance of that site for as little as $100 a month. This means they will help you keep your site ranking in Google search engine results pages (SERPs).

Website Specification – Rich Vision Cases Dear Sir/ Madam, I am about to launch a new online business which lets buyers customise a new smartphone case with their goals, values, affirmations and motivational quotes. The buyer will be able to select a case design from a number of pre-made designs shown on the website, then after selecting their design
Hey, CT here! I'm a fitness fanatic, website designer & branding expert. I’m marrying those passions to help fitness professionals build a cohesive & powerful brand. - from logo creation, to branding elements, to website design & anything in-between. Every fitness business is unique & I want to tell YOUR story. Whether you're in need of a quick, professional logo created for your start-up gym or a fully-fledged website re-design for your Pilates studio, complete with a revamp of your logo & all branding materials, I'm game! No project is too big or too small.
It is a common misconception amongst folks who are new to the Internet that you will simply put up the site, end of story. Try to think of it this way: the owner of a supermarket does not build their store, stock it with products and then never replenish the inventory again. Running an on-line business is an on-going process. If your small business will be running an e-commerce site, you will be adding new products, removing old ones, promoting specials and advertising. Even if your website will be purely informational, your site must be in a state of on-going development in order to remain important to search engines (thus gaining good rankings). Informational sites need to add new articles, new lists of resources, new interesting features to make their site useful to their visitors. Because your site will always be ‘under construction’ so to speak, in hopes of always improving its value to the public, you need to have a web designer who is going to remain available to you for these types of updates.

You want to look professional from the start, so consider a custom domain and email address (i.e., [email protected]). You will immediately appear more competent. Luckily, when you buy a business plan from Squarespace — our provider of choice for everything from personal blogs to sleek business sites — you get a custom domain and a year of G Suite, which includes professional email services from Gmail and tons of other biz goodies from Google. WIN.
Sampling of existing websites I designed and/or maintain: Backyard Beekeepers Association (a WordPress site I designed), Global Earth Repair Conference (a WordPress site I designed), Inland FoodWise Online – Newsletters and Action Alerts for the Inland Northwest Foodshed (Drupal 7 site built from scratch), Friends of the Trees Society (rebuilt ancient html site using Drupal 7), Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild (Drupal 7 site I’m rebuilding from a previous Drupal 6 site), my friend Gabe’s website Fungi Permastead (a WordPress site I designed), Spokane Community Gardens (a Drupal 7 site), Protect Mill Canyon Watershed (a WordPress site I built and maintain). I co-maintain an existing Joomla website for Crimson Sage Nursery and maintain this blog (utilizing a free WordPress account). I also work part time for WSU maintaining several websites of various projects of the WSU Mt. Vernon Extension office (Western Washington Tree Fruit & Alternative Fruits, Vegetable Research and Extension, Pacific Northwest Vegetable Extension Group, Vegetable Seed Pathology Program, Small Fruit Horticulture Research & Extension Program) and I do work on a pre-existing Drupal 7 website for WSU’s RosBREED program.
This is a no-brainer. Make it easy for people to follow you wherever they are — Facebook, Instagram, etc. Squarespace has insanely easy social integration, which means you only have to connect your accounts once, and then you can place your social icons anywhere on your site and they’ll be ready to go. Here’s how to connect your social accounts inside of Squarespace, step-by-step:
Building a website from scratch is a lofty goal, but unless you’re really looking forward to investing in the process, it can be a big drain on your resources. And remember, your time counts as a resource when you’re bootstrapping a small business. If you need a responsive, professional-looking website — and you need it fast — Remixer is the tool for you.
A worthy concern should be about the potential customers that do use the computer and CAN'T FIND YOU. Statistics prove that 65% of the population in rural areas uses a computer at least once per week, and 85% in metropolitan areas use a computer. These percentages have NEVER decreased. It is likely that they will continue to increase. A website keeps you in sync with this trend.

What do you want your website to look like? Consider websites that are similar to the one you’d like to build, ideally in the same industry or serving similar types of customers. Build a set of examples of types of pages, design aspects, and website features that you can hand off to the web designer — the person you hire should have experience creating websites with the features you want. If they don’t have the right skill set, they’re not the right pro for you.
Our process starts with a complimentary consultation where we learn about your business and website goals. We will then formulate an itemized plan with concrete costs so you can pick and choose the options that may be right for your business. We can fit into a startup company's budget or work with an established company. Let us learn more about your specific company needs so we can help you reach your goals!
Great article, comments and discussion thread...thanks to everyone. My question is which of the site builders would be best for constructing a service business (versus selling and shipping a product) where different service event activity dates/times must be scheduled, payments processed and confirmations and follow-up details sent after purchase? Appreciate your insight. Thx!
This statement is commonly made by specialty shop owners and real estate agents. Real estate agents will add "I already invest high dollars in space advertising." This is probably one of the most frustrating objections for me because the business owners that say this are some of the nicest people I've met - and are usually sound business people. They know how to treat a customer or client with special care.
An ordinary member of the general public who knows absolutely nothing about blogging but who is interested in your fitness video or fitness ebook isn’t interested in where you position your sidebar, or what goes into your sidebar, or what widgets work best, or what color palette you use, or what font you use, or whether the offer is above the fold, ………….or whatever else the blogging world thinks the general public want to see.
However, Squarespace isn’t as intuitive as Wix and can feel restrictive – it’s just not as customizable and takes longer to get up to speed with. Changes to your site take longer and while they’re super stylish Squarespace’s templates are more limited than our other recommended builders. If you’re not a designer, Squarespace’s style editor can be a difficult tool to get to grips with.
The average B2B buyer now makes an average of 12 online searches before interacting with a vendor’s website, and they are already 57 percent of the way through the buying process before they want to speak with a sales representative. Even for industrial and manufacturing companies—67 percent of purchases are influenced by digital. Not only that, but half of all B2B customers today also expect a supplier’s website to be a helpful channel and more than a third expect the site to be their most helpful channel.
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