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  1. #1
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    Smile What's a good "Do It Yourself" web site builder??

    I've got a web site and a webmaster, but I thought I'd like to play around with doing my own - a different domain entirely. I'm a bit computer challenged, but not a total dummy. Ideas??
    Thanks.
    www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma



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    I have used Wordpress, Webs.com, Go Daddy and Wix and I like Wix the best...the sites have a nicer look and are easier to use.



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    Agreed about Wix. It is very easy to use (although I have only used Dreamweaver otherwise, yes I am technologically challenged) and it has lots of great options. Affordable, too, if you want to upgrade from the free version.



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    I am ver technologically challenged and I went with fat cow and their premium builder.



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    Weebly is free and not bad! This one was done on Weebly
    www.mhgreenhouse.com

    GoDaddy is pretty easy and not too expensive - this was one of their basic packages
    www.mantillahomes.com

    If you have ANY technical capability you could probably do way better than me. I am completely challenged and did both of these and think they came out OK.



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    I liked Weebly--took me a couple of trial and error moments to get used to it but easy once I did. I just wanted a free site that was easy to put together and didn't have ads. Mine is in my signature.
    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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    I did mine through Vista Print, very easy!
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    I use GoDaddy, more for the tech help. They are patient, easily dumb everything down, and 24/7!

    My rough draft of the website... http://www.foreveraftersporthorses.com
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    Thanks for all the tips. I just want to play around with site building for our "next" farm. My webmaster is fine, but lacks creativity and I always feel like I'm "bothering" her to make updates!! I'll check some of these sites out!!
    www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma



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    I use webhostinghub and I'm not sure I would recommend them but I have no comparison to others since this is my first website.
    (If you want to look to get an idea, it's the pitchforkchronicles). I also have a thread started asking for advice and many of the posters have pointed out what they don't like about the website, so that may help give you ideas about what people like/don't like.

    I have very basic computer skills so I end up using the tech support a lot. I will tell you that the music they play when you are on hold is horrible!!! (yea, I spend a lot of time on hold).



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    mine was done on weebly too. its not finished but i like what i have so far.
    vermonthorseplay.com



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    You can get microsfot web expressions for free these days. It's fairly intuitive and plenty of good tutorials and templates out there on the web.
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    I haven't forgiven godaddy for that sloppy noisy kiss commercial...

    A farrier on my facebook is recommending fatcow:

    https://www.facebook.com/Equibalancefarrier



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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboymom View Post
    I haven't forgiven godaddy for that sloppy noisy kiss commercial...

    A farrier on my facebook is recommending fatcow:

    https://www.facebook.com/Equibalancefarrier
    This is me in a nutshell currently. I've used various GoDaddy services for years, but have just plain had it with their advertising. Seriously, enough is enough; if I'm such an insignificant part of their advertising demographic that they market stuff that I find abhorrent, then I'm outta there. Am shopping around for a 1-stop website/email provider.
    "And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"


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    I use weebly. Even the others mentioned were too techie for me. Weebly is drag and drop, thankfully...

    However, I'm finding I use my FB page way more often than my website.
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    I used intuit, very easy but I think it could be nicer looking.



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    I use Google Sites for my classroom website. All you need is a Gmail account. Very easy once you get the hang of it...there are tons of youtube tutorials out there with lots of great ideas! Completely free.



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    If you want to own a URL (without a '.wordpress.org' or 'weebly.com') you'll have to purchase the URL, and I recommend godaddy.com. For basic website editing software, weebly.com is the easiest that I've used and from others. It's also free, whereas godaddy's editing software costs money if you want more than two pages.



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    I definitely want my own URL...I've checked and my choice is available. Do I have to pay for/register the URL before I create my site?? It may take months to build!!!
    www.crosscreeksporthorses.com
    Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma



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    Quote Originally Posted by crosscreeksh View Post
    I definitely want my own URL...I've checked and my choice is available. Do I have to pay for/register the URL before I create my site?? It may take months to build!!!
    No, you dont have to pay for the URL first, you just won't be able to publish what you build to the internet. I use webhostingpad to buy and host my URL. They are as cheap as godaddy but with better customer service, IMO.

    For building websites, I second the person who said you can get Microsoft Expressions free. It's excellent for web building and is what I use.

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