What is the most user-friendly website builder?
Once I start publishing books, I want to have an ecommerce site to sell them. I have next to no coding experience, and so wordpress intimidated me as a website host. In my brief research, square space seems like my best option. Do you have any other suggestions/insight?
I echo Sprigley's comment. I tried a ton of different site builders before Weebly, and never found one as user-friendly and flexible. It's very inexpensive, and includes a blog (which I agree you need to have) and e-commerce module. You can check out my website built using Weebly here:
I think word press is easy way to build new website most of new website builder user are general prefer word press it is easy to used as compare to joomla/magneto . I'm just trying software if any one want to try visit this site-http://mobilesitemachine.net
I have to answer this with an extreme degree of bias, considering I am a web designer: the best avenue in every case is to own your own website.
Every "website builder" (these services have become the new flavor of the month) from GoDaddy to 1&1, Squarespace, Wix and all of the other 'clones' are all dirt cheap, and they'll make your business look similarly, well, "cheap." You're also near-guaranteed to never rank in search engines for anything significant when you use these services because most of them are pooling their site structure from pre-baked templates, which have already been used by tens of thousands of other customers. They also "backlink" to their parent site and are basically leeching 'clout' off of your site (for instance, visit any GoDaddy Website Builder site and it will have a link pointing back to GoDaddy at the bottom - this is murder in terms of SEO).
They also rely on you (presumably, someone who probably does not have a marketing & web development background) to structure your own site, which is something that traditionally involves a marketing plan and a website flowchart in a professional setting. It's like attempting to fix the gas main in your backyard when you've never held a tool in your hand before.
With your own website and your own domain, you'll be able to expand your site in the future. Expandability is everything, and you can only get it with a content management system like Wordpress, Drupal or Joomla. These "build your own" services are cheap for a reason: no serious business or brand owner would even think of using them to build a serious website.
If hiring a web design agency is too expensive, look toward sites like eLance and find a freelancer who will set up a simple Wordpress site for you -- you'll thank yourself for it in the long run.
This topic is the most frustrating one in my industry. Basically, Godaddy and others are attempting to hijack the web design industry and cheapen it with these "build your own" services, which are glorified in TV commercials, but in reality, produce awful looking sites that are elementary in nature and not properly designed to bring in leads nor sales.
I am not sure if I am too late but this is a great product that is easy to use and has amazing tools to help you market (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCB6yXDNq-8). I am in NH and would be happy to talk to you if you are interested.
Wordpress is actually quite a great platform to use for E-Commerce services, although it can be a bit confusing to setup first. There are a lot of website builders, it just depends how much you want it to actually do for you. Wordpress is great if you want the ability to blog too, Zencart is great for ecommerce and transactions, and Pinnacle Cart or Big Commerce are another 2 great ones that I have helped clients with.
Also remember you will need a paypal account in place to accept payments from any E-Commerce site, or a backend credit card processor account to handle credit card payments.
Hi Caitlin: I use Jimdo. I find it quite easy to use and gives you good choices on how you want your site to look like. Also I find them reasonably priced. Go daddy is also a good option and I have used them in the past. I recommend you start with a free account and get familiarize with their websitebuilder and choose the one you feel most comfortable with. I hope it helps. Good luck!
The most user-friendly CRM is Wix. However, if you are looking for a user-friendly and search-engine-friendly CRM, I would look at Wordpress. Google loves Wordpress based sites, as they already come with many SEO tools that helps in ranking. You can build a very nice Wordpress Ecommerce store, and the best part about Wordpress is it is Free if you know how to use it. If not, you can find a company to build a Wordpress site at an affordable price. In the longrun, it will pay off. An example Ecommerce Wordpress site is www.northamericanutrition.com
I just built my site with squarespace and after a couple of days work on came up with this. http://grantsgraphics.squarespace.com I had looked into wix but decided on building my site here, and it is so affordable on my budget.
I also write and publish books. I sell them online and use them as giveaways at presentations etc.
Unfortunately many authors are led to believe that they just need a website and some SEO, then the money will roll in. Unfortunately this is not the case. Last year there were almost 2 million new titles published.
So the question to consider is how will you get your book found ?
Also is your book just a stand alone one time sale or is it the front end for a product or service. If it's not then you are leaving lots of money on the table.
Maybe you don't write for financial gain but whatever the reason, you invested time and energy in that book.
I have just written a book on web marketing that employs some of the smartest technology and marketing systems available today. I will send you a copy if you agree to give it a fair review.
it's win win...
Try wix.com, 'dummy' friendly, free is adequate for building a basic site & has some bells & whistles, upgrade for a fee available.
Cheryl, thanks for the great insight. I didn't even know what SEO really was until I just googled it, so I'm glad I asked this question now!
I was thinking about starting a blog but am not really sure what to blog about. Did you friend start out by blogging excerpts from his book? Did he blog about his creative process?
I am using webs.com and it works well to some extent. But I am having sometimes problems with the Cyrillic alphabet with it. Otherwise it is easy to use, has a free and a paid option. And you can make changes quite easy. Here is my site: http://trendoffice.webs.com/
Wordpress is the best way to make a website and is super easy. You don't really need to know any coding and it has the most and best options. Wix and Go Daddy have HUGE draw backs and cost more. There are really good Youtbue videos on how to make a quick Wordpress website in under a day. Long term, Wordpress will benefit you more and gets better results for all the businesses I know.
Wordpress gets higher ranking on Google and can expand into anything you want. Wix and SquareSpace cost too much for what little you get out of them.
If you are really worried then find a partner to help you out so you can focus on the writing part. College students are always looking for experience and work.
Finding the easiest solution for creating a Website does not insure you will accomplish your goals. How are you going to drive traffic to your site? What are you going to do to keep them coming back? Are you going to Blog? Tie in social media to develop followers?
There are a lot of good, well integrated eCommerce sites where you can open a Shop and sell your product far easier than building your own Website. Even with the cost of commissions, such sites handle the sales transactions, deliver the product digitally, offer tools for managing your products, and typically much more. They also offer the opportunity for a greater visibility because of the breadth and variety of content, not to mention their dedicated marketing.
I'm not trying to dissuade you from creating your own Website but understand the commitment such an effort demands. In addition to creating the site, you need to regularly update content and promote it. Depending upon your skills and interests, your time may be better spent writing books and than building, maintaining, and promoting a Website, and your return may be greater partnering with those better qualified to promote and distribute your books.
At TeachersNotebook.com, we offer a similar service for teachers who seek to market their original classroom educational resources. Many have tried the go it alone route in hopes of making more by keeping 100%. In most cases, they find they make much more, are more creative, and have more free time by earning less per sale but generating far more sales on a site like ours. I am sure you can probably find a venue that fits your market.
Sometimes a piece of cake can be more filling than a whole cupcake.
Best wishes for success in the New Year!
Having been building web sites since I was 12 and having not had a tremendous amount of coding knowledge I would suggest using Weebly. It is user and search engine friendly and eliminates 90% of the headaches around having your own site.
I have used Wix for my Wedding photography business and it's easy and OK although you will probably want to upgrade to a "pro account" at some point. Yes, Word Press and Googles Blogspot may also work for you but I personally look at those for a blog site that I link to from my primary website. I am currently using Hostmonster and they (along with other hosting services) offer fairly easy website tools that don't require any coding skills. I can only offer this...Jump in and see what fits.
And yes, WIX is working for me as a specialty website. Easy and free is a good thing and a great way to start!
Best of luck!
Wix is great choice. As a heads up Unbounce and LaunchRock are the simplest way to setup quick landing pages for a business.
The best advice I can give, is have someone do it for you. You need a professional looking site which can protect the contact and credit card information of your customers. If you have no experience as you noted, then don't take the risk. Get a professional to do it for you.
Most of what I would normally say is said below, but I have a couple of points to add. The DoItYourself sites are all good for keeping the cost low and having a website for the sake of having a website. They rarely create a buying appeal in the visitor and will likely not have the engagement you want. By-all-means persevere as the exercise will help you compile the copy etc you need. The right of passage in being a web site owner is typically started with website builder products, but progresses into Wordpress (and beyond!) which I don't think is as bad as you think. Wordpress offers some out the box functionality and a lot of search engine friendly-ness, plus has a wealth of free & paid for bolt on that can make selling a little easier to achieve. My view is that it is a shame to spend so much time - as you will - on a web site that does not stir the engage / buying juices of the visitor.
I have being a web site owner - of sorts - for pushing 20 years and currently have over 1000 web sites in management.
I wish you well,
PS, last point, asking your friends and family what they think of your site is false feedback!