The Themes presented on this page are all “Premium” themes. There are 40+ more “premium” themes available, from this developer as well, that only cost like a $49.00 one time fee. (ALL THESE THEMES ARE INCLUDED FREE, IF YOU LET US BUILD YOUR WEBSITE)
…..*We’ll get a small finders fee if you purchase directly from them.
You may have seen ads on TV for a free website and wondered if it would be worth while going that rout.
I wondered about these sites too, so I did some digging and found out what people are saying about them.
Here are a few of the complaints listed over at Trust Pilot;
Load Times are so slow its untrue
The bottom line is this – it’s NO GOOD xxx telling me that ‘sites take longer to load up these days’
The scamy part started when I decided not to extend my premium package because I did not want to pay $150. It is too expensive and I thought myself that purchasing domain for $9.90 would work the best for me. Little did I know that once I cancel premium package the price of the domain is going to be $25 instead of $10.
xxx reply in part, was “on any xxx site, a premium plan is needed to connect a xxx site to a domain. Our plans range in price from $49-$194.”
Editor’s note: What this means is if you go for the free site, your name will have /xxxx.com/ attached to it somewhere in the address bar. If you are running a professional business, you want your domain name to stand alone – by itself, like BWSites.net, not BWsites.xxxx.com.
Their reps have always been in need of English 101, they do not communicate well with their customers.
They are not free. There is actually a steep price to pay to get them to stop pushing adds on you after you’ve spent hours building a website.
Don’t waste your time. No RSS feed, no decent support.
Not everyone has bad luck with free websites, but here are a few things to consider;
All web building systems have a learning curve involved with them.
When using any free platform, you will be left to your own devises when navigating the learning curve and when communicating with customer service.
All free web building systems have limitations that vary with each site and each package you select.
Free websites offer minimal applications for free and will charge you a la cart for additional services, costing more in the end than just going with a local hosting company to start with.
Most free sites charge extra for email accounts.
Often times, the free website host owns your domain name and, if you want it, so you can transfer somewhere else, it will cost you dearly to get the rights to that domain name. ( I know of one case where they want $1,000.00 for it!)
With some free website builders, once you choose your theme it’s locked in. It’s impossible to change it (unless you start over).
Many free websites are not “responsive”. That is they do not dynamically change based on the device, so iPhones and tablets will not display a mobile friendly website automatically).
Most free version websites add obnoxious “promotional ads” that distract visitors from engaging with your content.
And Do You Have The Knowledge Or The Time It Takes To Learn How To;
(Or does your free site accommodate)
Pick the right domain name.
Point the DNS server to the right place.
Set up your email mail boxes.
Add alt tags to images.
Compress images for faster page loads.
Make videos for YouTube or Vimeo.
Compress videos for faster page loading.
Set up meta data properly to help with online web search results.
Do keyword research.
Pick the best keywords to help you get noticed in online web searches.
Optimize content for best online web search results.
How to get back-links to your site.
Find tbe best registries to be listed in.
Get registered on important registries.
Get registered and set up pages on social media sites. (At least 6)
Set up a really nice looking functional form tailored to your business.
Set up “customer only” sections.
Set up “Pop up” or call to action buttons.
Set up “Upcoming Events”.
Create news-feeds to or from your site.
Build an email list
Set up auto-responder messages to keep your readers engaged.
Set uo Google Analytics.
Use CSS to fine tune the look and feel of your website.
Most Business Owners Don’t Have The Time…..
The company I do some sub-contract work for has set up several websites for people who never had the time to finish them.
In my opinion, there’s not much worse than visiting a site that has nothing on it – it gives the sense that the company isn’t very competent.
But, if you still feel like you want to do it on your own, …. two more points…
If you aren’t concerned about your website name being connected with the name of your web host, and know you never will be, then a free site may be OK for you.
A free “Blog” over at Blogger.com may suit your needs. (See my otherfree business blog there.) A blog there can be made to look like a full fledged website. *Except for the domain name.)
Another choice would be a site at WordPress.com. The one big upside would be that later, you can easily move your site to WordPress.org where you have a ton more options. ( See “Why I like WordPress.org)
For a nominal fee, I can guide you on either of these platforms and/ or set up a website for you.
If you do want a designated domain name, and want to do your own thing, consider using the web-host I have been using for about 4 years. I have used 4 different hosts, and Site Groundis by far the best all-round and the least expensive.
You can get the hosting for only $2.00 / month for up to 3 years and it’s only about $7.00 / month after that.
They can use their drag and drop design platform or install WordPress for more flexibility.
Step-by-Step Tutorials for Using Your Account.
Anytime Money-Back Guarantee.
Email Addresses at Your Domain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After your website is built, there are some other things to think about.
If it will be important for your site to appear in the search results when people search online for a business/product line like yours in the Erie, Pa area, you’ll need some affordable SEO. (Search Engine Optimization)
Some customers just want a place to be able to send people to for one reason or another. In these cases, the total cost of the website will be minimal.
Others will want to be found when people search online for there type of business or products. A website that is competing nationally or internationally will require more seo and possibly some online advertising work in order to get noticed in an online search.
How much work are you planning on doing yourself ?
Time is money – the more we do, the more you have to pay …The more you do, the more it takes you away from your normal responsibilities.
Many want us to build the site, put a little info into it, and then teach them how to create and update for the future.
Others want us to not only build the website, but maintain it as well.
We can, if you like, actually teach you how to build and maintain a website from scratch.
Having a website does not mean your site will be found when people search on-line for your type of product or service.
If searchers know your name and search for it by name, you might have a chance of being found…but usually, instead, people do a generic search for the type of product or service they want . If you haven’t noticed yet, there are hundreds, thousands and even millions of websites competing for the attention of the same prospects you are hoping to attract.
There are things that are needed to be done to improve your chances of being found in an on-line search.
Here’s a slight glimpse of what goes into building and maintaining a website.
Finding The Best Theme
Pay Per Click advertising.
Data File Backup
Your website starts with a “Domain Name”.
This is what one usually sees in the address bar of the browser, like ” http://bwsites.net”. The domain name is the least expensive element of the web design experience. Companies charge any where from about 7.99 to 19.00 / year. I have seen some of the so called “cheap” web hosts charge as high as $29.99 /year after the first year!
Domain privacy is available.
Domain privacy will help you to NOT be inundated with unsolicited email and mail offers from new companies wanting to sell you something you don’t need.
Web Hosting will be another ongoing expense.
After you have all this information about your company organized into “web pages”, you need a way for people of the world to be able to see it. It’s like when you take a picture of your dog, people can’t see it on your phone or camera, unless they are right there with you so you can show it to them. If you wanted everyone in the world to see it, you would have to put it somewhere that is accessible to the whole world.
That’s where the www (world wide web) comes into play. Companies around the world have set up very large computers to store all your website content to be able to have it accessible 24/7 so anyone, anywhere, with web access, can see it.
Web hosting has a lot of variables in terms of service, amenities and price. Some sites advertise “Free” websites, but then charge outrageous prices for on going services. I have recently seen companies charging as high as $50.00/mo. JUST FOR WEB HOSTING!.
Currently,the company I usecharges $3.99/mo for up to 3 years. then $11.95/mo. thereafter. This will include unlimited sub-domains, free email accounts, free ssl, free daily backups and a lot more. (Most charge additional for all these listed services.)
(If your site is an E commerce site, selling lots of products, there can be additional charges for an upgraded SSL certificate as required by internet regulations. You will also need a “store” platform to build your site on. Most will be happy with the free “Woocommerce” system.)
We understand the importance of being able to afford a website.
Many companies are charging thousands of dollars for a basic website. My first website cost me $5,000 just for the front page and, after that, I had to learn how to add, ALL my own content.
Not only are many companies charging thousands of dollars just for a website, but they are also charging Hugh hourly rates each month just to maintain the site. Now, keeping up with technology and the constant menace of online hackers and staying ahead of the competition does require maintenance, but our hourly rates make it a whole lot more affordable.
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Our website design company can build a really nice professionally designed website for around $350.00.
If you just need a blog, that will probably be all you need.
Being world’s most popular content management system, The possibilities are virtually endless…
First, there are two sites that call themselves “WordPress”
WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Both sites offer FREE themes.
WP.com only has around 100 themes or so to choose from. (Usually about the same number you find with the free website offers out there.)
WP.com does not allow you to run ads on your site, has no additional plugins – wizards – or add-ons, and attaches your blog name to there own so it looks something like http://bwsites.wordpress.com/
The rest of this article is devoted to WP.org…
WP.org has around 3,000 + themes available for customizing any website created with WordPress. Many of these themes are free, some range in price from about $20.00 on up to a couple hundred.
WordPress.org is more than just a blogging platform. If wanted, one can also create a full fledged website.
Some of the themes are designed around specific business categories like schools, real estate, car sales, bloggers, and there are even themes built specifically for selling products on line. (e commerce)
Most themes these days are built to be responsive so they work correctly on mobile phones and tablets.
At the time of writing this article, there are more than 55,000+ free plugins available in the WordPress.org plugin directory alone. Not to mention, premium plugins available on other marketplaces. Some of these include;
Business specific forms
Social media sharing
improved photo galleries and slide shows
Site Builder (Add “Drag n Drop” Functionality to your site )
Most of the basic WP.org platform is built much like “Microsoft Word” making it easy to add photos, and videos and change font family, size and color, along with the possibility to use html and css to make absolutely any change desired..
Because WP sites start with pre-designed themes, you can change your entire website theme and the pages remain intact. Not sure you like what you have, test a new theme and see how it will look before committing to it and change it back if you want to.
Most WP themes are “responsive”. That is they dynamically change based on the device, so iPhones and tablets will display a mobile friendly website automatically.
As mentioned above, there are even free plugins available to give you a “drag n drop” platform, in case a theme you like does not offer it up front.
Most of the plugins that are available can even be added to themes that may seem to be very sophisticated and up-to-date, making them even more functional.
This website was built using a theme called “Ultra”. It has many, many options built into it including the “drag n drop” feature, just like many of the so-called free website builders offered elsewhere, only the themes I use are much more flexible!
The Themes we start out with are all “Premium” themes from Themify.me. There are 40+ more “premium” themes available, from this developer as well, that only cost like a $49.00 one time fee. The company also offers yearly and lifetime subscriptions. (ALL THESE THEMES ARE INCLUDED FREE, IF YOU LET US BUILD YOUR WEBSITE) …..*We’ll get a small finders fee if you purchase directly from them.
Born in Erie, Pa….Graduated form McDowell High School…4 years in theUS Navy…1 tour of Vietnam…Former home builder…Former Semi-Truck driver…Previous Home remodeling and repair…Lover of horses.
Having been self employed most of my working life, I understand the importance of being able to afford a website.
I have always endeavored to give people a quality product at a price below what the big guys would charge. This is why I am still working after retirement. But, Being semi-retired, and working out of my home, I am able to give my customers individualized attention and build them a beautiful customer friendly website at a very reasonable price.
I have used several web design platforms over the 8+ years I’ve been doing business online.
I am now using Word Press as it allows for much more flexibility in the design process….