With the majority of the population working from home for almost a year, it has paved the way for so many more small businesses starting up. At Telecoms World, we have noticed a vast increase in the number of new and expanding businesses with telephony requirements, along with requests for a website to promote their ventures. Although we can help with creating a website, there are many great website building applications available which are quick and easy to use and are not as expensive as you might think.
Not all website builders are the same and there can be some important differences when it comes to functionality, ease of use, and price. So, we have explored some of the top providers available to help you choose which one would suit your needs better and get a website up and running in no time.
The lockdowns and government advice to stay home has allowed people to reflect on what they would like to do with the extra time they now have. Maybe being on furlough, reduced hours or just the lack of commute has given a lot of people more time at home to look at ways of earning either extra cash or to start a new business.
There are many marketplace shops and social media sites with local community pages and groups to promote a variety of products and services, but can they really reach a wider audience other than the local demographic? Having a website surely reaches a wider UK market, possibly even worldwide?
Whether you are a small business, larger company or just someone who enjoys blogging, creating a website through a website builder makes it easy for anyone using pre-made templates and simple drag-and-drop editing.
Social media is an ever-growing, powerful form of advertising, but don’t be put off of creating a website and worry that it will become outdated. It is best to use both and let them work hand-in-hand to support search engine results and maximise your audience reach.
A website is still an extremely relevant and important tool for any business. There are a lot of factors to consider when you create your own website, but it will give you a lot more control over what your audience sees compared to the layouts of social media.
However, the process can be daunting and there are many questions to ask yourself.
Here we look at our chosen top 4 website builders to help you make a more informed decision.
If you want a website built with a lot of creativity for minimal work, then Wix is a great choice. It is famous for having a great interface for a website builder with a lot of features built-in as standard that other website builders do not have.
Things you can do with Wix:
Things to consider with Wix:
Over 74 million websites have been built using WordPress.org. It is definitely the most popular website builder on the market, with a large range of page templates to choose from. WordPress has a really user-friendly interface designed to help people who have never seen a line of code; making it a great choice for newbies. WordPress gives you full control over your website, lots of plugins and some great options in terms of making money.
Things you can do with WordPress:
Things to consider with WordPress:
Shopify is a complete eCommerce website builder that allows you to create your own online store and sell products across multiple channels. Creating a Shopify store is very easy; register an account and start modifying an existing, free template. Shopify has thousands of “Apps” that can be added to add some extra functionality you may require, such as a Chat feature, Shipping calculator, etc.
Things you can do with Shopify:
Things to consider with Shopify:
Squarespace is a website builder that offers over 60 templates which easily adapt to mobile devices. There are built-in tools to support bloggers, small business owners, and creatives. It also offers G Suite (Google services), PayPal integrations, SEO tools, ecommerce functions and easy social media integration to really maximise your audience reach. You shouldn’t need any particular coding skills to use Squarespace, but a little technical knowledge could help a lot.
Things you can do with Squarespace:
Things to consider with Squarespace:
It can be confusing and all-consuming to try to find out which one of the website builders will benefit you and your business venture the most. Hopefully our overview has helped give an understanding of a few sites out there with some pros and cons of each option available.
From our own experience of these website builders, we believe Shopify to be the best option if you already have stock to sell and would like a fully functioning ecommerce website. The dashboard, the themes, the content management system are all easy to use and the platform offers a robust community forum, extensive help pages and friendly customer support to make the overall experience of using Shopify a good one.
If your website is more content focussed, such as a blog, or you’re promoting services and don’t necessarily need a checkout process, such as photographers, then Squarespace is a great choice. Again, there is a range of templates and themes on offer, great customer service, support and tutorials to help you build a great looking website from scratch.
Overall, website builders are a very cost efficient and easy way to build a website. Instead of paying a lot of money to hire a web developer for smaller projects, you can easily build your own credible and professional looking website for a low monthly fee. There are many more out there on the market, but hopefully we’ve help narrow down the top 4 for you to consider.
Telecoms World also provide thousands of phone numbers to UK businesses from 0800, 01/02 and 0333 numbers, to 0300, 0845 and 0870 numbers. Our range of business phone numbers can help to give you an efficient communication platform; providing your customers with the latest in support and call handling technology. In addition, we also offer hosted call management solutions that allow you to handle inbound calls in a much more efficient and professional manner. Put callers on hold, help them to route their call to the right department or route calls to a mobile when you are away from your desk.
If you're looking to make outbound calls, our Business Phone Lines are maintained and supported by Openreach meaning you experience the highest quality of service, with minimal service interruptions. Not only do we offer you the perfect business phone numbers to support your Business Phone Lines, we also offer the perfect way to control and manage your calls with our online portal.
Contact us now to discuss and reserve your business phone number today! Call us on 0800 774 7772.
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