Website Building – Paid vs. Free platforms?

New To Website Building Or Blogging – Feeling Overwhelmed?

When considering your options to build your website, the choices can be overwhelming or confusing. Learning how to use a website took me a month to figure out because of all the bells and whistles of additional features advertised to enhance your web page. When I was introduced to blogging and internet marketing back in 2016, I started using Wix, Weeblyand Zoho to learn how to build different websites; they also have email features for your business or blogging.

These platforms provided free options, which are great for beginners and provide user-friendly custom templates. This recommendation was given to me by Cameron McPherson, a dynamic and creative business leader with a verifiable record. He achieved in creating new multi-million-dollar revenue streams that resulted in explosive growth and business profitability.

Which Website Builder Is The Best?

That is a loaded question because it depends on your needs. As a beginner, if you are considering building your own website, consider what tools you will need for your blog or business. According to Top 10 Best Website Builders, WixWeb.com, and eHost.com were ranked the highest for their intuitive design options and wide-range of interactive tools, such as its streamlined drag-and-drop builder.

*See the rest of the list here: Top 10 Website Builders Review

Paid Or Free Option For A Website Builder?

How much time do you have to learn how to build a website? You are either going to be spending TIME or your MONEY. If you choice to spend TIME then you need to learn the layout and tools provided by the website builder. Be patient and take it slow because I was confused and frustrated in the beginning. Be persistent and determined! If you need to walk away after learning too much information then that is perfectly normal. I had to walk away with information overload several times. My advice is: if you learn something new then the next step is to implement what you learn.

The functionality of the setup needs self-explanatory and very easy to follow. Some website platforms are easier to use than others but overall they are all fairly easy to follow with drop and place features.  The themes and pre-designed web page layouts were fun to browse. Website builders come with pre-loaded templates for you to download and use. I found myself search for hours trying to find the right style for me. I would test out the templates and adjust and then change it again when I found a new one I liked. Some of these templates are free but if you want a custom web page then you will have to either design it yourself or pay for someone else’s creative touch.

 You want it to look professional and easy for the eyes to follow. I go for simplicity because I prefer a clean website. Find your style and taste that suits your personality or describes your business. Make sure it doesn’t look too cluttered and scattered. Have an even flow of the website layout and make sure it is easy for people to find information on your website.

How much traffic can your website handle? Some free versions are great to use but if you need your website to handle a heavy traffic then upgrade to the paid version, or switch website platforms. Don’t worry about this is the beginning if you have no idea how much traffic you are going to get. You will learn later on how to track your website traffic.

What kind of URL name do you want? If you pay for the free version then the website platform is going to include their name in the URL. For example, www.mariaroark.weebly.com or www.mariaroark.wix.com (demonstration only). If you pay for the domain then you can exclude the website developers name from your URL and customize your own domain. For example, www.mariaroark.com.

What features do you need for your blog or your business? When you look at the free version and you notice there are features available only in the paid version, then you need to upgrade.

Watch this video tutorial to paid vs free website builders, created by Top 10 Best Website Builders Expert Ryan Bowman:

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