Best way to set up a small website

Hello,

I'm looking at setting up a small website for the wife.

Basically she's started doing peoples nails as a hobby but wants to set up a small website where she can add pictures etc.

I've just had a quick look online but got lost quite quickly.

I'm no whizz on a computer so want something fairly straight forward to add pictures and text etc.

Do I need to register a web domain?
Are there are fairly good free hosting companies I can try for now?

Thanks for any help
Mark
 

MaturityDodger

Well-known Member
This can be done totally free of charge, or you can add money to make the experience better. Just search for 'free web hosting' and you'll find loads, and a few '10 best free hosts' lists.

Going for free, you'll most likely have some or all of the following things which aren't ideal:

* Limit to total size of website
* Limit to traffic (amount of data users can download per month)
* No individual domain name - i.e. she'll end up with something like http://www.hostname.com/wifesname
* Adverts placed on the site by the host.
* Lack of features like SQL databases, perl, python servers.

For a small site the first two shouldn't be much of an issue. Registering a domain eliminates issue 3. Some free hosts might not add adverts, that'd be a case of choosing the right one. Issue 5 shouldn't be a problem for her either - they'll have the basics she needs.

A lot of hosts will have different levels of service, ranging from free, to a few better options.
 
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Dancook

Distinguished Member
You could consider a facebook page,

i) Social interaction, liking, sharing - build a community, friends of friends etc..
ii) Zero setup for photo sharing, announcements
 

The Dude

Distinguished Member
+1 for the Facebook page.

Free and easy to setup, and facebook pages do well in search engine results.

Facebook isn't a 'closed shop', facebook pages show up in google search results, and are accessible just like a regular website.

Even if you were to setup a website, I'd say you still want to get a facebook page setup aswell, so I'd actually say get the facebook page done first, and get to grips with the 'good content' side of running a page/site before spending any money on anything.

If you decide you want a website/domain too, then look for a hosting company who offer Wordpress, as Wordpress is the way to go for any smaller business IMO, especially if you're not a 'programmer' type of guy.

Anybody who can use MS Word can manage a wordpress site. :)
 

Wahreo

Distinguished Member
1&1 are decent. You use one of their fully customisable templates and are able to update pictures etc with no technical knowledge at all.

I'm trying to remember 1&1's main competitor who were a little cheaper but can't think of it.

I also know a couple of People who have done websites for me. One specialises in very small businesses who often don't want to spend much money on a website but see the need for one. Another who hosts a gaming forum I help run.

Send me a PM If you would like the contacts, both are 100% trusted. Not sure how much credibility I have here though:laugh:
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
Squarespace and Virb are cool. Limited should you ever want bespoke SEO but I think Squarespace comes with a degree of SEO built in. My company site is on Virb, our MD even designed the site. If he can do it, anyone can!
 

Solar

Well-known Member
I recommend Wix for first timers :thumbsup:
 

BT Bob

Distinguished Member
I used 123reg to but 2 domains - no issue with their service.

I use Weebly for design and hosting - free and easy to use with plenty of templates. They offer a paid upgrade if you want more features in the future.
 

cebs_uk

Well-known Member
I'd second 1&1, it's what i use.

6.99 or less for a .co.uk and then a bit more if you want their editor but it very easy and you can log in from any pc to edit/upload new content.
 

DLoop

Active Member
I have used wededen and found it to be easy to use and reliable. The formatting for mobile isn't great though.
 
Thanks for all the great replies everyone.

I'll have a look through some of the mentioned sites and see which looks best.

Facebook seems a good idea but the wife and I came off it a few years a go and she doesn't want to start using it again really.
 

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