There are a lot of myths that hold people back from creating their own website. You have to sign up for a ton of services. You have to learn how to design and code, or hire high-end consultants to design and code. You have to spend hundreds a month. You have to worry about things like server response time and support. Fortunately, none of these are true for those who are looking for something simple. In this post, I’m going to share some easy-to-use and affordable resources for creating your own website.
If you’re looking for affordable web hosting for your domain, then you might want to check out Hostt. They offer free web hosting when you register a domain with them for three years. While there are several hosting companies out there that advertise $0.99 web hosting, you will find that when you go to sign up, that offer only lasts for a few months, and then you will pay $5.99+ per month.
With Hostt, you will register your .com domain and pay $41.85 up front for three years registration (or more, depending on what TLD extension you choose for your domain). With this purchase, your web hosting for the next three years will be free. Compared to web hosting services that charge as little as $4 per month, you will save $100 over the course of three years, making it a great deal or simple sites. This free plan includes Cpanel access, unlimited storage, bandwidth, sub-domains, email accounts, FTP accounts, and a $100 free Google Adwords credit (for new Google AdWords accounts only).
As much as I love recommending WordPress to people building a website, the fact is, not everyone needs or wants such a robust solution. IM Creator allows you to create websites using their easy to customize templates.
For $9.95 a month (or less with a long-term commitment), you can publish your website to a new or existing domain name. Hosting through IM Creator is included with your monthly fee, along with unlimited bandwidth and storage, a custom email address, and access to all of their current and future templates.
If you need to design websites for your clients, you can enquire about their Pro subscription. It allows you to quickly create white labeled websites for clients.
Sometimes, you don’t just want an affordable solution, but you also want an easy solution. For those who are looking to sell products on their website, but don’t want to go through the hassle of dealing with intricate ecommerce platforms, there is Pimwi.
Pimwi offers one design that is customizable using cards – blog postcards, contact cards, gallery image cards, Google Maps cards, menu cards, and more, including product cards for ecommerce. Simply add each of your products as a card on your Pimwi website with a title, description, and image of your product. That’s all you have to configure! People will be able to add your products to a shopping cart and checkout using PayPal. Funds for sales will immediately be deposited into your PayPal account with no additional fees beyond what PayPal charges.
For $25 a month, you can create your ecommerce site. You don’t need your own domain or hosting as both are handled by Pimwi.
If you don’t plan to have a large mailing list then MailChimp is the best choice. It’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. This means if you max out your number of subscribers, you can send six emails per month. To keep your plan free for as long as possible, be sure to regularly prune your list for inactive subscribers.
If you are looking for affordable resources for a variety of tasks, Fiverr can be a great resource. You will find gigs for logo design, video creation, content ideas, local business marketing advice, and pretty much anything else you can think of. While the premise of the site is everything costs $5, be sure to read each gig description carefully – some offer the bare minimum for $5, but you have to upgrade to get what you really want.
What are your favorite simple and affordable website creation resources? Please share in the comments!