When it comes to creating a website, there are tonnes of options to choose from. Subscription based services, Content Management Systems, ecommerce, standard, business, one-page or multi-page websites…how do you choose? We break them down for you below.
A popular website option is subscription-based. With brands like Shopify, Wix, Weebly or Squarespace, you can pay a regular fee to have your website hosted by a third party. This option is relatively cheap and simple; however these platforms have limited levels of customisation. So, if you want something really bespoke, you might want to keep reading.
Content Management Systems
A Content Management System (CMS) option has more advanced, even unlimited, customisation options. Companies like Joomla or Drupal fall into this category, but we’d bet WordPress is more instantly recognisable. That’s because over 60% of CMS-built sites use the WordPress platform.
WordPress allows you to create any type of website – from a simple blog to a highly integrated ecommerce website with third party plugins.
Anyone can use WordPress, but it’s more complicated than subscription-based services, so a website developer would be best placed to handle the build.
One-page and multi-page websites
These options are pretty self-explanatory. You can either have a one-page, scrolling website, where you scroll from top to bottom to find all information; or you can have a multi-page website with information living on individual pages accessed by clicking on a navigation menu. Both look fantastic – you just have to think about the journey you envision the end-user taking when they visit your awesome website.
Fancy a spot of online shopping? You’re favourite online stores are all powered by a little thing call ‘ecommerce’. Wherever you go to purchase goods online, you are using an ecommerce website. These types of websites are where things start to get tricky.
Just when you think you’ve set up the perfect website for your online store…you realise it’s missing a shopping cart. And how will people pay? Save sending cheques through the post for Grandma’s Christmas cards, and get a professional to set your ecommerce website up for you.
Business websites are most useful for – you guessed it – businesses. Pretty much every modern business needs a website so people can find them. Without one, this essential component might be left up to the Yellow Pages alone.
If you’re thinking of setting up a business, make sure you consider setting up a business website, too. Any website development agency can help you get this aspect of your business off the ground and onto the World Wide Web.
Raise your resume, portfolio or blog standards with a standard website. Whether you need a place for your photography folio to live or you’re tired of hand-writing your monthly ‘Top 10 Cats’ blast, a standard website could be the answer.
Tips for creating a website
When it comes to creating a website, don’t forget people will be viewing it from many different platforms. Androids, iPhones, desktops, Macs, PCs…the list goes on. Website professionals spend their days creating websites for a living – so you can bet they know what they’re doing.
If you’ve been thinking about creating a website, consider one of our talented Being Agency website developers. They live to help you go-live.