I don’t have many guest posters, one because not many ask and two a lot of those who do just don’t submit a post that I think is worth of my readers. Today however I’m more than happy to present to you this guest post by Charles Mburugu who more than fulfilled all the requirements for submitting a guest post. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy his tips for choosing the best business website builder.
Many business owners don’t have the time to look through the many website building programs to identify the one which is appropriate for their style of business. Even for business owners with technological know-how, this can be a very confusing and complicated area of technology. The vital thing to remember when you are looking for the best business website builder is to be aware of what you expect your website to accomplish.
This is a vital detail that should be studied when beginning your program research. The budget for small business websites is usually low, while more established companies may pay more to have glamorous websites. Whatever the case, the internet offers several programs at no cost. Though such free software may not be rich in features, you can still use them to build a decent, comprehensive site.
Knowledge of User
After looking at the financial aspect, you need to consider how hard or easy the program will be to use. There are a wide range of business site builder programs available which cater to various levels of technical competency. Do not overestimate your technological know-how. Find a program which fits your present skill level and operate within the limits of your knowledge.
Many companies pay for the hosting of their websites in the World Wide Web. However, it is vital to ensure that the site you are building is compatible with the program being used to build that site. You do not want to find yourself starting from scratch later because your website can’t be integrated into your host’s server. Some research of the different programs will enable you to run a check to ensure that equipment being used is compatible with the program being utilized.
“How many and what type of features does the program offer?” is a question that many people ask when looking for website building software. If you are putting up an online store, you will want a program which will allow you to integrate a shopping cart in the website. A site which deals with the current/news events will probably need a blogging section. Photographers who want to showcase their work on their site will need access to a photo gallery. The availability of such features will play a vital role in determining which software package you will end up choosing.
When you are considering which business site builder is right for you, think through these different aspects. A little research when starting the project can potentially save you many headaches once the finished product is launched into cyberspace.
Try Before You Buy
With every software company claiming that their site builders have the best features and are easy to use, it is vital to download the free evaluation copy. This will enable you to test different software and see the pros and cons of each.
Customer service is very vital for the ‘pre-sale’ and ‘after-sale’ stages. When browsing the website offering the site builder, check to see if the company offers email support, telephone helpline or live chat. Explain an imaginary problem and see if they can provide professional and timely support. If you experience a problem with the software, lacking support can make the site a real nightmare.
Charles Mburugu is a professional content developer and an entrepreneur. He often writes about real estate, finance, business start-ups and internet marketing. Unfortunately I had to remove the links in his Bio as explained in this post.
One of my most popular posts, Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs, talks about a couple of reasons why people persist with Blogger blogs and the main reason has to be that it’s free. Although there may be a few bloggers using this platform who are doing quite well with it, I put to you that they could be doing so much better if they hosted their own blog with their very own domain.
To all those people out there who are sitting on the fence wondering if they should take the leap to hosting their own blog but are being held back because of the cost factor I would like to list my top ten ways of saving money. If you were to follow these tips you could easily invest the money saved into starting your very own self hosted blog.
So, how much do you have to save? Well, for a measly $6.95 per month you could use BlueHost, which is the host I use for this blog. I’ve used several hosts and I’ve found them to be the best and their CPU Throttling feature is an added bonus, not to mention that you also get a free domain for life as part of your membership and your own domain is a great way to build your brand.
OK, enough of that, here’s the top 10 ways for saving money.
- Give up smoking: Honestly, health risks aside giving up smoking could save you a fortune. If you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day at a cost of $11.50 a pack you would have spent $4,197.50 in a year. When you consider your hosting package for the same year would have cost you $83.40 you would have $4114.10 up your sleeve.
- Electricity Costs: Changing your normal light bulbs for the newer fluorescent lamps could save you up to $10-$50 per year.
- Heating / Cooling costs: Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in winter and a few degree higher in summer can also save you a fair bit of money. Having your home insulated,closing curtains and plugging up leaks will also add to your savings.
- Water Costs: Having shorter showers, installing water saving shower heads and reducing the thermostat on your water heater will also save you a nice wad of money.
- Eating Out: Cutting back on the amount of times you eat out can save you heaps. If you’re in the habit of buying your lunch consider taking a home made lunch and watch your savings grow. Not only that but you will probably eat a lot healthier.
- Consolidate Your Loans: If you have more than one loan then I suggest you consolidate them all into one loan with the cheapest rate you can find. This includes your credit card debts which normally have a very high interest rate. If you find it difficult to control your credit card expenditure then I suggest cutting them up and relying only on cash.
- Minimize Car Usage: Try walking to the local shops instead of using your car, not only will you save money but your health and fitness will improve. When you do use your car drive economically to minimize the amount of fuel you would use.
- Buy only what you can consume: I know some people go crazy when they see certain items on special and so they buy up not realizing that they’ve bought more than they can consume meaning they have to throw the excess away. This is a dreadful waste so make sure you check expiry dates and don’t buy more than you need. You don’t need to worry about things like toilet paper and stuff so you can buy up on these items.
- Shop around: I save heaps of money by just shopping around for the best deal and this is so much easier now that we have the Internet.
- Always use a shopping list: This can be used in conjunction with #9 and is important because you will save heaps by not buying impulse lines and things you don’t need if you stick to a shopping list.
- Take coffee from home: Coffee is a huge industry and rightfully so as there is a huge markup on a cup of coffee and every time you buy a cup you’re lining someone’s pocket. Taking coffee from home can be a huge money saver, and if you’re a big coffee drinker bring a thermos full to work.
Yeah, I know I said I would only give 10 ways to save money but seeing as how not everyone smokes I thought I would stick in an extra one. :cheese1_ee: As you can see, buy following these simple steps you can easily afford to use BlueHost to host your own blog, and if you consistently provide good content and use services such as adsense you will soon find that your blog will earn enough to pay it’s own way and usually enough for a little extra and so you can use all the extra money that you’ve saved to help paying off your loans thereby saving even more money.
OK, that was enough stressful reading for one day. You may want to read something a little more lighthearted like my post on Taking Off Your Clothes For The Greater Good where I show you how going naked can solve all the world’s problems. There were a few comments about being too cold and I wonder if there are any thermal paints that could be used which could give body art a whole new meaning. Just to put you in the mood here is a photo of a pretty gal wearing nothing but body paint, yep she is totally naked and the remarkable artist is Mark Reid.
I’ve found that the hardest thing about choosing a Host for my blogs is that unless you follow someones recommendation you don’t really know how good any particular host is. Even when reading a review you sort of wonder as to how biased the author is. What is the motivation behind the post, is the author being honest or is he merely promoting another affiliate? Shit, he may not even use the host and the whole review is centered around the fact that it pays the best commission.
This brings me to the crux of this post. I want to talk about LunarPages, and yes that is an affiliate link but I figure if this post encourages someone to join then at least I will get some credit for it. I originally moved to LunarPages from my Australian host because they were more price competitive and they were also offering a free domain for life. I have had no problems at all with them until recently when they moved me from my normal server because my CPU usage went through the roof.
WTF, was the first thing that popped into my head and I immediately started searching the net to find out what might be the cause. I happened to stumble across several comments left by others who were actually suspended by their hosts. It then came to me that LunarPages could have done the same thing to me and they would have every right to do so as my high CPU usage was affecting the performance of other uses sharing the same server. Instead of doing that, moved me to another server to give me time to solve the problem.
The trouble is that every time I make a particular change I have to wait 24hrs to find out if it has any effect. Luckily for me Stratos offered to help after I left a comment on his ‘When Things Get Extremely Wrong‘ post. Knowing how smart Stratos is, as he’s developed Blogger Buddy as well as some nifty WP plugins, I jumped at the chance. He has already worked out that I have too many plugins but is currently trying to suss out which ones are chewing up all the CPU. I have deleted the least necessary ones and have already noticed that the blog loads a lot faster. Hopefully the culprit was amongst those, I reckon I have to just wait and see.
Anyway, to cut a long story short I find myself lucky that LunarPages has at least given me the opportunity to fix the problem rather than just cut me off and leave me hanging, which apparently some other hosts are prone to do. I reckon that if I was based in the state and there wasn’t the time difference, I could have picked up the phone and talked to one of the technicians and we could have nipped the problem right in the bud, but being and Aussie I am stuck with conversing through emails. Lucky for me Stratos came to the rescue.