So, you’ve thought long and hard about the right domain name for you and your business, registered it and you’re ready to put that name to work. The next step is building your “home” online, or in other words, your website.
With solutions ranging from an easy do-it-yourself to the slightly more intermediate but digitally fancier WordPress or a fully flexible regular hosting package that requires a little bit more technical know-how, choosing the right hosting solution to build your website can be easier said than done.
The good news is that there really is the right solution for every need, challenge and even budget. Let’s take a look at some of the different ways you can build and host your website.
If you start running the moment you hear the word “coding” and don’t have the budget to hire a professional web designer to get you going, do not despair – you are not alone.
Many hosting providers, including GoDaddy, offer a simple build-it-yourself solution which lets you create a beautiful and crisp website for your business. Our Website Builder works with customized templates and a stress-free drag- and-drop format, meaning you can build your own website effortlessly in a matter of minutes.
Website Builder is an all-inclusive package, too, which means it comes with a user control panel for you to manage your content and the hosting you need to make your website live.
Looking for something a bit more complex?
Today, content is more important than ever. Whether you’re writing a blog, feeding a news website or just want a website that gives you flexibility for a variety of content types, content management system (CMS) solutions are the right answer for you. WordPress is one of the most popular CMS offerings today for creating and hosting websites.
In fact, WordPress was the first choice for the majority of my entrepreneurial friends. Why?
There are thousands of visually stunning themes available for small business owners, bloggers and even individuals to select and make their own. The choice is actually so rich, you’ll have difficulty deciding which theme to go for.
Choosing WordPress to create your website does require a little bit more time and effort than our Website Builder solution, but if you have a little bit of web application knowledge or are willing to do some reading to help guide you, you’ll be able to navigate through it.
And an insider tip: choose a hosting provider that offers high-quality, round the clock customer support, just in case you want to double check if you’re on the right track!
Let me create my own masterpiece – with or without help
The third option is kind of a blank canvas; you choose the parameters of your hosting account, but the rest is up to you. So, if you consider yourself an artist of the web design world who is familiar with terms like FTP, MS SQL and 1 GB RAM and unlimited traffic, congratulations, all you need is a regular web hosting account and you’re ready to work your magic. On the other hand, if you decided you need a helping hand and have allocated some budget specifically for designing and developing your website with a friend or professional, your hosting type will again be the same.
While web hosting is the most flexible option for hosting and building a website, it also requires a good-level of knowledge and confidence to utilize the solution effectively. For example, when selecting a hosting account, you need to decide if you want a Linux® or a Windows® account. Linux is the preferred option for most, but if you are running a Windows-specific language (ASP/ASP.net) or database (MS SQL) then choose Windows.
If you aren’t comfortable with website configuration or got lost when we began talking about the account types, it’s better to hand this job over to someone who knows exactly what they’re doing and let them help you build the spectacular website you are after.