LaRayce got her invoice for web hosting, and they've cut her three-year deal to a two-year deal. So she's looking for an alternative. Leo says it's easy to move, as web hosting is a commodity product now. Coding in HTML is pretty old-fashioned. Most websites don't run that way anymore. They use a content management system, which separates the site design from the content. That makes it a lot easier to update her content. WordPress and Squarespace are good examples.
Orly has an invention that she's patenting. She needs to create a website to market it, but she doesn't understand how to get going. Leo recommends going with SquareSpace because they not only have a good blogging style content management system, but they also have e-commerce options if she's going to be selling online.
Sue wants to start a website at geekyoldbroad.com. She already has the domain name, and now she can connect it to anything she wants. Wordpress.com is an easy-to-use site where she can set up a site for a low monthly cost. Another site that will do this is SquareSpace.com. She can just go in, pick a template that works for her needs, and start publishing content. Wordpress has a free tier with ads. These are the easiest ways to do it.
Jimmy wants to build a website for his organization. What's the best way to do it? Leo says that he uses WordPress.com. It's easy to use, and would enable him to have a blog. SquareSpace is another, which offers dynamic page templates that are very current and trendy. It's great all-in-one web software. Those are the best two and they offer free trials. WordPress also has a business tier.
There are also non profit services, so Jimmy should look around.
Leo recommends a template based web builder like Squarespace, Weebly, Wix or Wordpress. Squarespace is great because it's free to start out, and then Arthur could either choose a template and customize it, or ask a group of experts help him add functions like logins, databases, social media extensions, etc. It's very expensive to do a professional grade website.
Mark is looking for a new web host now that his hosting fees have tripled. Leo says that Mark got an introductory offer and then when that expired, he started to get charged the regular rate. Fortunately for Mark, he uses Wordpress on his site and he can just move it. The cost isn't really that bad so he could just pay the $12 a month hosting charge, or he could shop around. SquareSpace is a sponsor and Leo says that they provide excellent service and has the ability to scale as he gets more popular.
Mike wants to build his own website. Should he learn how to write code or use templates? Leo says it really comes down to what he wants it for. He can get started with Google's Blogger and WordPress.com. Those are free, but they come with ads. There's also Wix and Weebly, which create special tools to make it really easy to create a custom template based website.
John is a musician and chef and he went with SquareSpace for his website. Leo says having his own website is important because he'll be able to keep control over the stuff he does online. If he just relies on Facebook, he's letting Facebook control his content.
Check out John's site at johnriveraurbanmusic.squarespace.com/urban-thought/
(Disclaimer: SquareSpace is a sponsor).