Build Your Own Website … For Free!

by Kerry Martin

Remember when Microsoft Publisher came out and everyone could call themselves a graphic designer? Now, thanks to more and more free online services, you can add “Website Developer” to your résumé as well.

Blog publishing applications like WordPress dominate the Web for do-it-yourself sites, but have you tried out Weebly?  (I only just recently heard about Weebly, so forgive me for sharing this “breaking news” about the site named to Time’s 50 Best Websites … in 2007.)

Now you’re probably thinking, “Why are you talking about design stuff?”

That’s just it. I’m one of those people who thinks that because I have the capacity to functionally utilize those tools, I should be able to make a nice-looking website. Sadly though, I’ve seen the [marginal-at-best] results that come from tinkering around for hours with free template software myself, and I always regret wasting my time.

Of course there are some instances where those kinds of tools would work perfectly for a single purpose Web page. In fact it was a client who first introduced me to Weebly as a solution for creating an easy, online registration form.

But for all of those intricate Web design projects, there are always limitations to creating a unique and fresh design concept that graphically represents the message you are trying to convey.

I’ve learned from experience: when it comes to design, I trust the experts.

11 Responses to Build Your Own Website … For Free!

  1. Good post! I agree with you that those templates are tempting. Your closing line ALMOST says it all.

    I would add that a free website template is worth what you paid for it.

    And then there’s the trust issue – you said it. WHY is something of value “free”? How much information are you giving away for your free website? The Wall Street Journal just ran a fascinating – and scary – series on “What They Know” about you by tracking you online. Hope this link works: http://bit.ly/aYtpS6

    Keep up the good blog posts! Always something interesting on your Blog!

  2. Sophie says:

    Well said, in this day and age of web driven communication a website can truly make or break you! With so much riding on a company’s web presence, this is not a time to DIY.

  3. Carl says:

    I love your blog. I’ve added it to my favorite bookmarks and subscribed in a reader.

    Looking forward to reading more posts by you.

    Thanks.

  4. Hoster says:

    Hi,

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