If I had a business and wanted a cheap and easy web site – this is what I’d do…
- I’d buy a domain name through Go Daddy (www.godaddy.com). A domain name is about $9/year and Go Daddy offers lots of features.
- I’d start a blog on WordPress (www.wordpress.com). You don’t need to know html. You can customize the pages quite a bit, adding your logo and choosing from many features.
- I’d point the domain name to the blog. You can do this on WordPress. It will cost $10.
Here’s a web site that’s built through a blog: http://mnruralpartners.wordpress.com (We haven’t added the custom domain name yet.) As you can see, it looks like a web site – because really a blog is a kind of web site.
Here’s what I like about a blog as a web site
- Blogs are cheap
- Blogs do well with search engines
- Blogs are easy to maintain without knowing html or having special software
- Blogs let you add other Web 2.0 tools easily such as video or PPT slides uploaded to SlideShare
- You can easily set up a feature where visitors can sign up to get alters when you update your site – through an RSS feed or email.
What’s not to like? I wrote a Byte on how to start a blog last winter: https://byteoftheweek.wordpress.com/2007/12/12/starting-a-new-blog/. Sometimes I set up blogs for clients; it’s cheaper than having me set up a web site. Then they update the site themselves. Sometimes I set up blogs and I update them too – but that’s a different story. Today I’m talk about a cheap DIY solution.