You Can Build Your Own WordPress Website EVEN IF You’re Not a Techie

June 08, 2019

As a small business owner or independent entrepreneur, you’re all about making the most of your time, money, and other resources.

How would it feel to have your own 24/7 sales & marketing rep that consistently shared your brand with others, helped bring in new customers, keep current customers happy, and ultimately improved your bottom line WITHOUT ever calling in sick nor asking for a raise?

Does this sound too good to be true? I got some news for you …

A well designed website can help increase lead generation, sales, and revenue.

You might be wondering …

What if I don’t have at least $1,000 to invest in a good web developer?

– or –

If I wanted to build my own website, would I have to learn how to code or deal with all that techie stuff?

Guess what? It is possible to build your own professional website (that is search engine optimized, fast, and secure) WITHOUT having to deal with code or other techie stuff! No need to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or any of that.

It is easier than ever to create your own website. Many tools exist to make the job easier (some free, some low cost). However, not all tools are created equal.

squarespace vs wix vs weebly vs wordpress

The most common tools for helping you establish your online presence include:

  • WordPress
  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • Squarespace

There are many more, and new platforms tend to come and go.

However, after working with many platforms (for both personal and client projects), I recommend WordPress the most.

What is WordPress?

In case you have never heard of WordPress, it is open source (free) software that you install onto your website and lets you build or update your website without touching HTML or other code. It is considered the top content management system or CMS (source). You can learn more at wordpress.org.

 

Why should I consider WordPress?

  • Over 27% of all websites are powered by WordPress (source)
  • It is open source (instead of having access to only a few developers , you have access to an online community of over 10,000 developers who are constantly working to make the product better and better)
  • You don’t need to know HTML, CSS, or any other programming languages to build a professional website with WordPress
  • Most of the time if you need an extra feature for your website (such as having an online form, a forum, the ability accept payments online, etc.) instead of hiring someone to write code you could search for an available plugin (plugins are like the apps on your smartphone; you can check out some of the many WordPress plugins here)
  • Many successful and “big name” companies – such as CNN, Disney, and Sony Music just to name a few – are powered by WordPress (source)

Bottom line: whether you’re a million dollar company or a lean entrepreneur, anyone can establish a professional website with WordPress.

Now that we have established what’s so good about WordPress, how does it compare to some of the common website builders out there? Why would someone choose WordPress over Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace?

wix vs wordpress

 

Wix vs WordPress

Although Wix gives you the ability to create a free website, keep in mind that Wix will put their branding on your website. Their free plan also does not give you the ability to use a custom domain. When you invest in one of Wix’s fixed monthly plans, you have to play by their rules such as how much video you’re allowed to upload (source).

On the contrary, it is often more cost effective to purchase your own domain, set up your own hosting account, and then install the open source WordPress software onto your domain. WordPress also offers many more design layouts and plugins than Wix does. Furthermore, it’s easier to customize your website and switch between design layouts on WordPress than Wix.

weebly vs wordpress

Weebly vs WordPress

Much like Wix, Weebly gives you the ability to create a free website if you don’t mind displaying their branding (and coming across as unprofessional). They do offer a good amount of flexibility when it comes to customizing your website BUT you would need to know some HTML and CSS coding. Whereas WordPress is an open source platform, Weebly is a closed source platform since there are only a few aspects of the website you would have control over.

Weebly also offers fixed monthly plans. Although these plans don’t impose as many restrictions as Wix’s, you are still subject to Weebly’s rules (source). In the long run you would save more money if you went the direction of investing in your domain, setting up your own hosting account, and then installing the open source WordPress software onto your domain.

Although Weebly provides support and live chat, they don’t have the number of blogs, forums, and videos that WordPress has available. Plus you would have more design layouts and plugins to choose from with WordPress compared to Weebly.

squarespace vs wordpress

Squarespace vs WordPress

Squarespace is a website builder that offers a drag-and-drop interface with WYSISYG (What You See Is What You Get). But just like any other website builder we have compared against WordPress, it does not offer complete control over the website. So, you are dependent on just the built-in features.

Furthermore, the search engine optimization (SEO) tools are less powerful than the plugins available for WordPress making the former not so user-friendly. Also keep in mind if you are looking to create an e-commerce site, Squarespace has limited options for payment and support – something that WordPress offers in plenty.

What’s the verdict?

If you’re looking to establish an online presence where you have complete control over the look and layout of your website, access to numerous resources whenever you have an issue, and the ability to customize your website without coding or other techie knowledge, then a self-hosted WordPress website is the way to go.

However, if you don’t mind being subject to someone’s rules & restrictions, having limited support, or having limited options in customizing your website, then you could give one of these website builders a try.

If you’re a small business owner or independent entrepreneur (big or small), and you’re serious about the long term success of your business, then building a self hosted WordPress website is the way to go.

  • you get full control over the look, layout, and customization of your website
  • this includes displaying your branding and nobody else’s
  • you can run any advertisements you want
  • you’ll also have many tools available for SEO and getting discovered
  • no HTML, CSS, or other coding skills needed
  • whenever you have an issue, you have access to a huge community of WordPress developers

The online community of WordPress developers is a blessing.

Consider this – in May 2018, the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. In a nutshell, if someone from the European Union (or anywhere else) lands on your website and you don’t have a well-written Privacy Policy in place then there could be dire consequences. You also have to let visitors know if you have cookies in place that could track their activity on your website.

Thanks to the amazing WordPress community as a whole, there are plugins available to help make a WordPress website GDPR compliant. In fact, on my own website I use a plugin that helped generate a GDPR compliant Privacy Policy and another plugin that lets visitors know I use cookies on my website (such as Google Analytics for tracking visitor behavior).

Final Thoughts

As long as you can do a few basic computer tasks like sending an email or typing a document in MS Word (or other similar platform), then you can build your own WordPress website. There is no need to hire a web developer unless you need something that requires extensive custom coding.

Are you ready to begin your website creation journey? Keep scrolling down to take your very first step …

By Andrew Martinez

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m a WordPress website consultant and the owner of Powerful Digital Solutions. My main goal is to turn your ideas into digital form.

Whenever I’m not busy serving clients or producing valuable content, I enjoy reading, Latin dancing, and watching anything from the Marvel Universe. Before you go, let me ask you … 

Are You Ready to Find Out How to Build a WordPress Website With the Right Guidance (even if you’re a “non techie”)?

If you’re reading this right now, chances are you know you need a website but either (1) you don’t have the technical knowledge to build your own website or (2) you don’t have $1K+ to invest in a web developer.

I have come up with a FREE 3 part video series to help you begin your website creation journey. If you’re ready to go from idea on paper to live, professional looking website, just click the button below.

Even if you have checked out other resources (such as Kindle books, Udemy courses, etc.) on WordPress websites yet kept getting stuck or overwhelmed, this will give you the step by step plan you need.

See you on the other side!

By Andrew Martinez

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m a WordPress website consultant and the owner of Powerful Digital Solutions. My main goal is to turn your ideas into digital form.

Whenever I’m not busy serving clients or producing valuable content, I enjoy reading, Latin dancing, and watching anything from the Marvel Universe. Before you go, let me ask you … 

Are You Ready to Find Out How to Build a WordPress Website With the Right Guidance (even if you’re a “non techie“)?

I have come up with a FREE 3 part video series to help you begin your website creation journey. If you’re ready to go from idea on paper to live, professional looking website, just click the button below.

Even if you have checked out other resources (such as Kindle books, Udemy courses, etc.) on WordPress websites yet kept getting stuck or overwhelmed, this will give you the step by step plan you need.

See you on the other side!

By Andrew Martinez, WordPress Website Consultant

I'm all about providing value and turning your ideas into digital form. Whenever I'm not working on client projects, I enjoy working out, reading, writing, going to the movies, and just about anything from the Marvel Universe. If there is anything you'd like for me to write about, please let me know!

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