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Many people need a small website for business or personal use but don’t have the time or resources for professional design and web coding services. Thankfully this is no longer an obstacle to having a great website, as there are tons of free resources available for getting a site online. Not all resources are created equal, however. There is something to the adage that you get what you pay for. It’s possible to put up a good website with minimal resources or experience, but don’t sacrifice quality in your design or functionality. A website with a poor design or one which simply doesn’t work are not going to help you reach your goals.
Design on a Budget
You don’t need to be a professional designer to get an attractive website design, nor do you have to pay for one. You do need to put some effort into choosing your site design, however. Most of the providers of free websites have numerous templates available for you to choose from. All you need to do is choose the template you want and it will automatically be applied to your site. It’s up to you to choose the right template from all of the available options. Many people with free sites don’t bother to change their template at all, so their site ends up looking exactly like hundreds or thousands of others. Avoid this by browsing all of the available templates. If possible, do some browsing before you ever choose a service provider, to get a feel for how many different styles and looks are available.
Also consider the type of content you are going to put up on your site. A blog which is going to contain mostly long-form writing is going to have different needs than a photography website, for example. Do your research by looking at other sites which are similar to yours. Make a note of what you like and what works the best, so when you are in the process of creating a free website, you have some guidance for a style and look that will work for you.
Content Management is Key
If you don’t want to dig into the nitty-gritty details of coding your site, you need to make sure your service provider has a great content management system. Often called a CMS, this type of system enables you to easily add new pages, posts, photos, or other content to your site. You want to have a CMS which is easy to use and which helps you to manage your site’s content easily. Look for reviews of different site providers before you sign up with one to get a feel for which works the best. If you have the opportunity to set up a test site and play with the CMS, that is a great way to find out if a particular provider is right for you.
Even a basic website needs to work well for its owner. To make a great site on the most limited resources, pay attention to how your site looks and to how easily it will let you enter new content or make changes. With these two key things in place, you can make a great website for free.