The quickest and easiest way to create a website is to use a website builder. And the quickest and easiest type of website builder is an online website builder. An online website builder enables you to build a website straight from your browser. Online website builders are usually part of a service provided by a web hosting provider or other company. To create your website, you simply use the control panel to select a design then add content.
Some online website builders provide you with a wizard. A wizard guides you through the process by providing you with prompts and a clear path to creating your website.
A good website builder will enable you to register your domain name (eg, yourname.com) and automatically point this to your website. It will also include hosting, email, templates, 24/7 support and more.
In other words, a good website builder will give you a full-blown website at a fraction of the cost of using a web developer. This is perfect if you don't want to learn the technical stuff and you just want a website ASAP!
An example of a good online website builder is Website Tonight by our partner site, ZappyHost.com. For a modest monthly rate, you get a professional website builder, free hosting, email, 24/7 support and loads more. You may also be able to register your domain name for $1.99 if you register it at the same time.
The above examples use pre-built websites that come with Website Tonight. When you register your account, you will be able to choose from the same pre-built websites (over a hundred to choose from). You also get to choose color, images, etc. This means there are thousands of design and color combinations to choose from.
Plus you get a built in photo album, free Flash intros, and more.
About Free Website Builders
Be careful about companies that offer free website builders. There are some serious disadvantages in choosing a free site builder. Disadvantages often include:
- Ads splashed all over your website
- You don't get your own domain name (eg, yourdomain.com)
- Limited bandwidth. This means less people get to see your website (due to bandwidth restrictions). If you want more people to see your blog, you'll have to pay for a plan that allows more bandwidth.
If you do choose a free plan, you will probably find that you'll need to start paying later in order to get the features that you really want on your website.