If you have a low budget for a website, do not hire a website developer. Use the free program called WordPress instead.
If you have a low budget and use all of the budget for a custume website, you will have no idea how to update that website. You will be left with a static website that is not search engine, or user friendly.
Using your small budget to set up a WordPress powered site allows you to update your site regularly. The setup for WordPress is the hardest part about using WordPress. Once it is set up, it is extremely easy to use.
WordPress.com is a free blogging software. It is a great place to start for someone new to website design, and to become familiar with the platform.
This is a great place to start, but the url you will get is a little unprofessional. It probably won’t be long before you’ll want a url all your own. When you are ready for your own url, you are ready for WordPress.org.
WordPress.org is different from WordPress.com. At WordPress.org, you can download the software into your own host. That means you can have your own url.
Instead of having a site called:
You can have the url:
This is a little complicated, and is a different process for everyone. I had my hosting provider walk me through the installation. It took about 10 minutes to start the installation, and about a day before it was ready to use.
Before you can install WordPress, you will need to register a name and find a host.
Registration is simply telling the world that you own that name. A name such as mysite.com. Registration should cost about $12 a year for a dot com. You will want to register for 5 years at a time, for search engine optimization.
The internet page you are viewing right now is actually being hosted on a computer somewhere. You can, in theory be your own host. Most people use a third party as their host. The host is what keeps your webpage live on the internet. I use a hosting provider that has live help there when I need it. This has helped me get out of a few jams, and they have been tremendously helpful.
Just take each step of the process one step at a time. Before you know it you will have a fully functional site of your own. The platform (WordPress) is intuitive and customizable. you will be able to update your website with ease, and maintain constant communication between you and your clients.