This may seem strange! How can you possibly create a website without knowing anything? I should probably rephrase that Web Design for Dummies, or Web Design without Being a Designer ok you get the point.
I am not sure how many of you know my history, but I never took any web design or online marketing courses. It was all through trial & error, testing, and tons of research that I am where I am today. I started with a business idea, but I didn’t know how to design a website or drive traffic online. In my quest to become a web designer, I came across these two little gems.
Wix & Weebly make for easy web design
Yep, those are the real names of those two companies. I actually used both of them extensively until 2009 when I discovered WordPress and starting dominating that little stag I really need to stop with the weird metaphors. Anyways, both were great, but they had their differences and I ended up preferring one over the other for online marketing reasons.
Wix.com is a flash based platform and they make it VERY easy to design your website. They have tons of templates to choose from (probably one in your niche) and you can choose everything from e-Commerce to Facebook pages. They even host the website for you for free. Here is a checklist and the scores.
Beautiful designs – 9/10
Ease of use 8/10
SEO Capabilities 5/20
Overall score = 58%
A little note on the pricing: you can use all of their stuff for free, but you will have to pay a small monthly fee to take away their branding.
Limitation one of the biggest drawbacks of Wix is that everything is in flash and Google really struggles to read flash. The last time I used it I also couldn’t add a blog which was a huge bummer! This is terrible for SEO and I do not recommend it.
Weebly is also an online based platform and you can pick from a wide selection of designs just like Wix. It is pretty amazing, but its designs are not nearly as good as Wix. The reason for that is because they are built on HTML and CSS. This is much better for search marketing though. They also have the option of adding a blog woohoo! An SEO win! Here is the checklist
Beautiful designs: 7/10
Ease of use: 8/10
SEO Capabilities: 14/20
Overall score = 74%
So where do I get the platform which gives me a score of 100%?
Well, that would be WordPress of course, but it has a steep learning curve and to make full use of it you will have to learn how to do some coding. I hope you guys enjoyed this little comparison. Until next time.