Making a website on a budget

Creating a website that looks and feels like your own brand on a budget can be tricky to pull off. Fortunately, as web technology has improved since front-end-builders came to be in the early 2000s the flexibility and variety of web builders have grown and have become a lot more affordable.

Choosing a budget website builder

There are website builders provided by companies like Wix, SquareSpace, Shopify and the list goes on and on. They use different hosting platforms to deliver the website content to website users and some are more user-friendly than others but they all have one disadvantage that no amount of sales pitching can draw attention from this key disadvantage of using a website builder…

You may have major problems changing website platforms or host

Platforms like SquareSpace, Wix and Shopify host the website and the backend interface so if you ever want to add your own code or decide to want to host your website on another server or even clone your website so you can work on your website offline you’ll be at the mercy of the providers.

But there is an alternative website builder that you can host yourself

You can use WordPress with reputable plugins and themes to create a website that can achieve the same end goals of popular website platforms and beyond. This is because WordPress is open source you can take your website and change it any way you can, you can re-write the code. WordPress is a powerful free platform and is used by over 30% of websites on the internet. Also, WordPress is maintained by the large community so you don’t need to invest in people maintaining your website, this is possible to do on your own with little learning required.

How do I make my website secure?

The mosty important thing is to keep your e-mail and passwords associated with your account secure. It is highly recommended to use a ‘secret’ email address or a forwarding address that is hard to be guessed.

This acts like a second layer of protection as you need the both correct e-mail address and password to login.

It also helps to use a control panel that has two-factor authentication or SMS one-time password as that will make it difficult for your account to be hyjacked.

As a general rule which should becommon sense, use a different password for every website you use. Sometimes, websites databases can be hacked and have their passwords cracked and hackers spend hours matching your email and password against other websites such as social media sites and finanical instituions to further steal your identity and finances.

More websites specific changes you can make:

– Keep your website up to date with the latest plugins, themes and source base such as WordPress.

What is the best platform to build a website?

We highly recommend WordPress CMS platform for building websites from personal pages, to large e-commerce stores.

Why do I need a SSL certificate?

Some payment platform vendors that process credit card payments require your website to have a valid SSL certificate. This allows communication to be transmitted between servers in a secure connection. Although some paymwent vendors don’t require it, last year Google startedpenalising websites that don’t have SSL enabled which effects website ranking on search engines. SSL certificates on the user end create a URL prefix of https:// which general web users know it means the website is secure and most likely more willing to trust the website with their private information over another website that doesn’t have SSL enabled.

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