Choosing the right website builder means removing any potential troubles later on. If you get it right from the start, then you can build a website how you want it, for your particular needs, and you won’t have any problems in having to change core components that could take you offline in the future. There are plenty of website builders out there competing for your business, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you and your needs. Here’s a few things to look out for:
- Web Hosting
Ideally, a website builder should have web hosting as part of the package on offer. You’ll want to know that your website will be able to load quickly enough after it has been designed, and that means the website builder also offers hosting. It will also lessen the time it takes you to create the website.
- Domain Name
As well as hosting your website, the builder should also provide a free domain name as part of the package. A domain name can be tricky to purchase, and also costly, especially if you’ve never done it before. So, it makes the most sense for your website builder to provide a domain name as part of the complete package. If they do not provide a domain name, it would be ideal if they offer an option for you to use your own domain from a third party provider.
- Email Address
Another important part of your website and online business will be an easy way to contact you, and this means an email address. For the purpose of professional branding, you’ll definitely want an email address that is in line with the name of your website or company. It will be no good having an email address that is too generic, or not specifically connected to either. In order to obtain the most suitable email address, the best thing to do would be to check if an email address is included alongside the domain name so that it’s all tied in.
- Quality Design
Have a look through some of the designs that can be created using the website builder, and if there is a lot of variety then you can be assured that you can find a design that will stand out from the crowd and be most suited to your specific needs. Design is not just about how the website looks (although this is certainly important), but also usability too. Is your website focused on sales and online ordering? Does it serve as a directory of all your different services? Whatever the purpose of your website is, make sure it is designed to maximise the user’s experience.
- Reliable Customer Service
This last factor is something that many new users forget to check as they become engulfed in designing their new website. However, knowing that someone is on hand to support you is vitally important before signing up for any service. Your website is going to be the ‘face’ of your business, where most customers will turn to first. It is a way of generating income for your business, so if it is not working properly then it will need fixing. This is why you must know that support will be available to you from your provider whenever you need it.
This is a general guide to give beginners a few pointers, as many are unaware of what to look for. Yet, we’ve only listed five important factors here, although there are plenty more things you could look out for when choosing a website builder. We should also point out that our list isn’t intended in any order, as all of these five tips are equally important when starting out with a website builder.