FAQ about building a website

Do I Need to Download Any Software?

Normally, the use of website building tools does not involve downloading any software. Most of these platforms have an easy to use drag and drop interface that allows even the most novice webmaster to build a good looking website in no time. You might, however, need to download and install on your computer other types of software programs such as a word processor, a pictures editing tool, a FTP manager, etc. These will help you prepare the materials you want to use on the website, and to upload them.

How Does Your Rating System Work?

Our rating system is aimed at offering you as much information as possible about the quality of services offered by the various website-building providers. The overall rating you can find on the site is an average of several grades we give the site after using it for a period of time. The aspects we look at are the features or widgets, the respective website building tool offers, the ease of use for an unexperienced webmaster, the value they offer for your money and the quality of their customer support staff.

Do I Need Any Technical Skills?

Website builders offer an array of designed themes, templates, and WYSIWYG web editors that help you build a wonderful website without needing any technical skills or downloading any software to your computer. Most website builders, if not all, provide you with complete tutorials and articles which guide you through the process of designing your website.

How Long Does it Take to Build a Website?

If you want to build your own website than one of the questions you’re bound to ask is “how long does it take?” You’re anxious to publish your site and present it to the world and wish to do it and quickly as possible. It’s quite understandable. The amount of time required for building a great website is variable and changes according to your business’s nature and needs. Some may take hours to build their website and some may take days. It’s a lot quicker when using your chosen website builder’s themes and templates when designing your website. It’s a wonderful option should not be cast aside. Many website builders offer creative options which can really upgrade and enhance your site’s look and feel. If you’re designing your website using an outside source for other features and plugins it might take a little longer than a few minutes. Bottom line, the answer for this question really depends on you.

How Much Does it Cost to Build a Website?

Building a website cost varies and really depends on whether you’re doing it yourself or paying a professional to build it for you. Using a web development agency services might be costly, when prices range from $4,000 to over $10,000 and include hourly rate, planning, design, programming, marketing services and website launch. Also, time is an important factor here, and most companies have several projects at hand and yours might not be as urgent as others. To push your site forward you might need to pay extra. If you decide to build a website by yourself, costs significantly reduce. Website builders usually charge $10-$20 per year for a domain name. Every year you’ll have to renew your domain name in order to keep it yours. Some website builders offer you a free custom domain name and hosting, so you can definitely keep all your eggs in one basket. Advertising is something you’ll need, especially if your website is built for selling goods. Website builders offer marketing, promotion and SEO tools which require an account upgrade for a small fee of $3-$15 extra per month, this will depend on your specific marketing requirements. Most website builders will also offer you advertising credits for Facebook or Google Adwords to promote your business. Website makers offer an array of templates and website themes free of charge. Advanced templates & themes may cost, but it’s completely up to you and not obligated at all.

What is Google Analytics?

Google analytics is the most widely used web analytics tool online. Its purpose is to measure, collect, analyze and report website traffic to make you understand the way your users use your website. By using it you will be able to understand where are your users located, which pages they like the most, how long do they stay in it, identify poorly performing pages etc.

How Long is the Free Version?

The majority of the website builders have a freemium business model, where you can set up a basic website for free, and money is charged if you wish to integrate priority features or functionalities. Some website builders will propose a free trial for a limited period. In the freemium model, the free version will usually have no time limit to it; however, it will pose a few restrictions. For example, if you wish to connect your site to a domain of your choice you will need to pay etc. You can find some more information in our article: “Free or Paid website builder, which is better?“.

How Do I Submit My Website?

Being listed or indexed by a major search engine such as Google or Yahoo is usually part of a website builder’s package. They already take into account that search engines use a formula to determine keyword relevancy. All you need to do is make sure your site is written to match it. Generally, this magic formula consists of your page title, overall body content and the number and quality of links (backlinks) pointing back to your site, social media influence, etc.

Do I Need Hosting?

All website builders offer hosting as part of their service. If you have chosen to build your site using a free version, you should take into account that it will probably be slower. That is due to the fact that they automatically insert popups and advertisements into your website to support their free version. The use of pop ups and ads might also have a negative influence on your ranking and positioning in search engines. For an add-free site use one of the website builder’s premium plans. You can find more information about free website builders’ limitations in the article about Free and Non Free Website Builders.

Is My Website Secure?

Website builders tend to offer their clients various security tools which are meant to prevent any security breach from occurring. The majority will offer security suites that are designed to protect against malware & spam, will offer a secured data center, perform network scanning etc.

*The following tips and articles are solely recommendations and should not be considered as professional advice.

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