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  • Best Free Website Host?

    I need a simple Web page for information and I'm really not interested in spending a lot of money for it. It's a simple bed and breakfast type business for equestrians. Can anyone link me to somewhere where I can get something simple and free? Thanks in advance

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    Wix, Wordpress and Weebly all have free website builders that are relatively easy to use and create sites with - you will not, however, be allowed to attach a custom domain name without paying for it.

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    • #3
      Use Go Daddy, buy your domain for a few bucks a year and pay for them to host your site. They have templates that make it super easy....or if you already own the domain, you can use a cheap VPS and host your own site using a basic template site.

      If you are ok with a generic domain, listen to Natalie A...her advice is spot on.

      I would attach links, but my post doesn't go through.
      "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten

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      • #4
        The problem with many of the free hosts is that they're often blocked by providers as untrustworthy. Some ISP's won't allow them to be opened and you can't share the links on Facebook. You're better off paying for a domain name and using a reputable host that you know will help you if you have technical issues. Good technical support is key...you won't need it until you do, but then you will be glad you have it.

        It also depends on how you want to create the site. If you want to use a template, any of the suggested sites above are great. If you want to upload your own code, not all of them will allow that. I know GoDaddy does; I don't think Wix does.

        Bottom line: you get what you pay for with these. The free hosts are free for a reason--no custom domain name, little if any tech support, sometimes blocked because an advantage of free is that spammers can use them with little oversight.

        For a business, even a small one, you are better off paying for a site with the domain name you want and the support you need. In today's world, your site is the face of your business and the first impression your potential guests/clients will see. If it's not easy to access and use to get an idea of your business, contact you and book online, people will look elsewhere. You need a good, easily recognized logo and theme for your site. If you don't have web and/or graphic design experience, you probably need help from someone who does. Anymore, a good website can make a major difference in a business's success.

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        • #5
          Maude, I'm in the business of building websites, but I'll be the first to tell you that you might not even need one! Facebook has become huge in small business marketing (I'm handling several business pages for my clients). You could start a business Facebook page which would serve the purposes you put forward, without spending a dime. If you decide to add a website some time in the future, linking it to your business Facebook page would automatically increase your site's visibility on the web (in terms of Search Engine Optimization).

          Best wishes on your business!
          TypaGraphics
          Graphic Design & Websites
          typagraphics.com

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