Designing a website can be a costly venture, or not. It all depends on how you go about it and if you choose to use free website design tools.
If you choose to hire a website design firm you can expect to pay thousands of dollars. Even when hiring a firm there is work for you to do. They will need your input, design ideas, content help and your overall knowledge of the business you run or intend to start.
Maybe you want to do it yourself to save some time and learn a new skill. So the first thing you do is start researching just how to build a website yourself. You find out that there a number of ways to do it:
– Write code: This is very time consuming and it’s like learning a new language. If you want to learn, great, but unless you plan on becoming a coding GEEK this is probably not the option for you.
– Computer Software: You can buy software programs to install on your computer that allow you to create a website and then upload it or edit it live when connected to the internet. This is an option but it’s not free and there is a learning curve.
– Online Software: There are many software programs online that you can use to build and host a website. Some are free, some are paid, some are included with your hosting.
So let’s say you pick option three, using online software. Next, let’s explore some of the free website design tools available online:
Weebly: This is a company that offers a free website builder. The disadvantage to this is that it is hosted on their server, meaning you have less control.
WordPress: WordPress is well known as a blogging platform but it is also excellent for designing websites. You can get high quality templates for free or paid to design a website. WordPress comes free with many quality hosts such as Bluehost.
Photo and Graphics Editors:
When designing a website you usually need graphics to some degree. Photoshop is the program most commonly associated with graphics creation but it is costly. Here are some other options:
Picnik: This is a great online tool to help you add a professional touch to any images you want to include on your website, and it’s free.
Gimp: Gimp is a program you will need to download to your computer but it does a lot of what Photoshop can do, but it’s also free.
There are tons of resources you can find online to help you build your website for free. My absolute favorite for building websites is WordPress.