What is the best website builder for a newbie? It’s one of those eternal questions. You may have many and varied reasons for wanting to build a website; you may want your business to have a website, for example, or it may be a personal site so you can keep in touch with friends. There are as many reasons as there are stars in the sky. The best website builder, in my opinion, is the one that works for you.
So how do you determine what works for you best? You could go to some website builder forums and pose the question to people in the know. It seems like a good idea, right? The problem is that most of these people have experience, and have forgotten what it’s like to start out. Most of the technical terms used by experienced website masters are beyond the newbie, so there’s a steep learning curve. So, maybe it’s not the best idea. When you have some experience under your belt, maybe these forums are the place to turn to.
If you don’t have a lot of time, or a lot of patience, you could get someone else to build the site for you. This costs money. Not only for the initial set-up but for any ongoing maintenance of the site. If you haven’t got a lot of money then this is most probably not an option. So, you’re back at square one, looking for a program to help you out in the process.
The first thing to do is make a list of what you need to be able to build a website quickly and painlessly. Here’s an example of things I want to be able to do have:
Low Cost – I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to build a website.
No Coding – I don’t know more than the basics of HTML and I don’t have the time to learn it from scratch.
I want the program to do all the work for me – What I mean by that is that I want the program give me results, and I don’t want to have to deal with the nitty gritty.
Something to help me with all the graphics.
A program that will upload the website for me – that is an inbuilt FTP program so that I can do it all in the same time, and not muck about with different programs.
A professional looking site at the end – I don’t know much about graphic design, but I want it to look like I do.
Customisable – I have got to the stage where I can tell a website that’s been built using a template. There’s something manufactured about them. I want my website to be individual.
I don’t think any of those things are too much of an ask. Your list may include other items not listed here, or not have these items at all. It’s all about being an individual, after all.