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Seeking Input on Website Choices

If it isn't apparent in the title or the illustration, I need HELP -- please. I know that most of you here are light years ahead of me in the ways of the Internet, marketing yourself, etc.

It is my thought that from among you I may well find a solution to the problem that plagues me: I understand the need for a website to have a central presence, but I don't know what site to choose. I need something that even the technically-challenged such as myself can maneuver.

My intent at this time is a simple one-page site with the potential for additional pages in the future. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles, just a clean home page.

Do you have any thoughts on this, or guidance as to what direction I should be taking?

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AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 11:05 AM

If you are looking for a free option, Blogger is good. It is easy to use and has some nice backgrounds for blogs/websites.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 1:54 PM

Thanks...I am not looking to blog, but will check into it as a website. I appreciate your assistance. : )

MegL wrote on October 15, 2014, 3:11 PM

I am not quite sure what you are asking here but maybe that's because you don't know? A web page can be created on your own computer, if you want. You can also create a web page using Microsoft Word and other programs. To get it on the internet, you need hosting. This is a place to display your web page. Think of your web page as a poster and the hosting as a bill board or hoarding where your poster can be displayed. Some sites, like wordpress can do both for you at the same time. So they provide hosting AND let you type in your message and upload photos to go along with it. Wordpress.com and similar sites are free but you are restricted in what you post. If you buy your own hosting (bill board / hoarding), you can put up your own web page (poster) and say what you like (provided it's not plagiarised). I can ceate web pages and add them to hosting and create Word press blogs on paid hosting. Ask if you need to know any more.

Feisty56 wrote on October 15, 2014, 5:02 PM

You are so perceptive! You're right, I didn't ask a very good question because I didn't fully realize what I needed. I appreciate the explanation you've provided and believe I now have a direction in which to proceed. Thanks, too, for your offer of future help; I may need to take you up on that.

MegL wrote on October 15, 2014, 6:00 PM

You're welcome. Feel free to ask.

AliCanary wrote on October 15, 2014, 11:30 PM

Try wix.com. You can make a website for free, and they probably have templates and whatnot. It's for people who are beginners and want to start small, i think, so it seems perfect for you.

Feisty56 wrote on October 16, 2014, 10:41 AM

Small is exactly what I have in mind, lol. Thanks for this info. I feel a bit sheepish in asking about this because I am sure I am one of the few who doesn't have a blog (or two or three) or at least their own website.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 16, 2014, 1:38 PM

I wouldn't bother looking at any kind of web site when you can get a blog and use it as a web site. As Angel said, Blogger is easy to use. You can buy a domain name through Blogger, and not even have to worry about registration, web hosts, etc.

Feisty56 wrote on October 16, 2014, 1:48 PM

Dear me, there seems to be so much to know...now I remember why I never had a website before!

LoudMan wrote on October 16, 2014, 3:56 PM

I'm afraid I can't be much help to you on this.

BarbRad wrote on October 17, 2014, 1:27 AM

I would recommend Weebly or Wix. I have used Weebly. I'll post a link to one of my sites on Scrazzle to you can see what you can do. It's free, though I opted to pay for premium. I would not have needed it to do what I did. You can purchase a domain name if you don't want to use their default. Weebly is easier than Woldpress once you get the hang of just dragging and dropping everything you want. You can have as many pages as you need. I don't know if I have my Scrazzle Password on me here. Do you follow barbsbooks or Gale427 on Twitter? I could tweet it.

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:33 AM

Great post because I am in the same boat. I have been writing on the web for years and everyone says to get your own website. I know that I need one but have NO IDEA how to go about it. I agree, it all seems very confusing!

Feisty56 wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:37 AM

Aren't you a sweetie? I follow Barbsbooks on Twitter...will add Gale427. Thank you!

Feisty56 wrote on October 17, 2014, 8:40 AM

Fortunately, our fellow members have come to the rescue. I wish you the best of success in setting up your website. I am thinking I am ready to give it a go as soon as I get a hot cup of coffee and some calming music playing.

LoudMan wrote on October 18, 2014, 6:40 AM

Friends tell me to buy any domain and hosting, to just use wordpress plug-ins.

paigea wrote on October 20, 2014, 9:41 PM

You are not the only one. I have nothing along this line.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 21, 2014, 1:25 AM

I only have experience with Blogger, but so far it has provided everything I have needed. When I started my first blog, I had no idea what I was doing and no money to spend on it, so the plan was to find something easy and free. Google isn't the best in the world at tutorials, but fortunately most of the basics are very intuitive. If you can create a document with photos in Word, you can do a basic webpage on Blogger without problem.

rustedmemory wrote on October 22, 2014, 10:42 AM

A Blog page is just another website that you can do what you will with... You don't have to use it as a "blog"! Good luck.

Feisty56 wrote on October 22, 2014, 10:50 AM

Lol, if I had more than the smallest clue what to do from that point forward, this might work. I am so technologically in nursery school!

Feisty56 wrote on October 22, 2014, 11:24 AM

Thanks for this...what I have found so far is that what seems intuitive for 90 percent of folks is like an ancient tongue to me. : )

Feisty56 wrote on October 22, 2014, 11:34 AM

See? My understanding of the whole thing is just terrible. Somehow, with the help of folks here, I will prevail.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:37 AM

In that case, if you do go with Blogger, when you need instructions on how to do something, use G's handy search engine to find tutorials that the big G didn't write. You probably won't find Blogger Help much help.

momathome wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:18 PM

I'm actually no help on something like this. I can give you a list of over 100 sites to earn money at online but websites are completely foreign to me.

momathome wrote on October 24, 2014, 9:21 PM

Feisty56 Don't feel bad. I write on here and on Bubblews but I don't have a blog or a website either. I don't know the first thing about them either.

maxeen wrote on October 25, 2014, 8:37 AM

So much help here ,isn't there. I wish I had asked a question last year. I got myself a website and it is just idle now, as I don't really know enough to push it forward,a bit scared of it I suppose.. anyway good luck to you.

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 11:14 AM

I appreciate your good intentions. I've decided to give Weebly a try as it seemed the simplest for a newbie such as myself. It sounds to me like you have several potential great posts as possibilities with your knowledge of those websites to earn money. : )

Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 11:18 AM

The community here is wonderful in providing their support and assistance. melody23 and BarbRad have both written posts in the past that explain how to go about promoting yourself and your work. You might want to reference them as I found them easy to understand and helpful. somedsatisfied is a social media guru and has written several posts that you might also find useful.

I wish you the best of success.

momathome wrote on October 26, 2014, 1:41 PM

Feisty56 I've written on many of them extensively already on Bubblews and I did do a write up on here about Swagbucks.

FreyaYuki wrote on October 30, 2014, 5:02 AM

You can try Google Blogger, Weebly, WordPress, Tumblr, etc. These platforms have free versions and they're not that hard to use though that depends on what you want to do. And they do have their limitations depending on what you want to do.