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.
Cara is a budding writer who wants to set up her own website and blog. She has a domain name and set up her website through GoDaddy. Now what? Rich says that doing a WordPress.com blog is probably the best long term. They'll do it all, and all she needs to do is go into the settings and forward her domain name to the blog.
Another option is to do a self hosted WordPress blog for more control. But it would require a lot more work. So Cara should start small with WordPress and just upscale her blog plan when she needs to.
Gerald is setting up a website in WordPress and wants to know if he should set it up with a domain name or link to it. Leo says it's a good idea to have his own domain that he can control. From there, he can forward it to his website on WordPress and let them host it, or he can host it himself on his own server. It's not really practical to "roll your own" hosting. Gerald should let WordPress handle the hosting and just have the domain name forward to the website. That won't cost him anything.
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.
Mark wants to do a podcast and his partners say Podomatic is great because it's free. But he's thinking of going with WordPress and their podpress plugin. Leo says that either would work. The difference is that doing it on his site will mean he absorbs the bandwidth costs. Podomatic uses ads inserted into the site to cover bandwidth costs and profit. But they handle the burden of scaling it up if his podcast gets very popular.
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.
Susan does a wordpress blog and loves cruising. Since the internet connection isn't all that great on the ship, she wants offline blogging software to create blogs that she can update. Leo says if she looks in her Wordpress settings, she'll see that she has a Wordpress email address. This means she can actually post to her blog via emails. With practice, it will look just like the post. Here's some good software options Susan can use: