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What to Know About Website Builders Available Today

Any small business owner has many options when it comes to building a website. They can choose to use a templated service for a website, use a DIY platform or hire a professional web designer. Of course, there are costs associated to each as well as design aspects and functionality. A templated site is likely the cheapest option and also tends to be the most boring. Building a site with a popular DIY builder is cost-effective, but also carries certain limitations. And hiring a professional website designer will run you at least a few thousand dollars.

So what is the best website builder for your business? Below are a few things to consider when you decide to build a website for your business.

Cost

Cost of a WebsiteYour budget for a new website is likely the deciding factor in which option you choose. Depending on the age of your business and what your revenues look like, you may be limited in what you can do.

Google Sites

Although extremely limited, a Google site will get you online right away. You simply need to sign up for a Google My Business account and choose the website option. Google provides you with a handful of templates to choose from, you fill in the text, change a few pictures and you’re ready to go. It’s free, so it is a very cost-effective option.

GoDaddy Sites

GoDaddy also offers a templated system for as little as $12 per month. Unlike a Google-operated site, here you will be able to choose your own domain name. For any successful business, choosing to use your actual domain name is very important because it’s what most customers will type into their browser. With GoDaddy, you’ll choose from a few templates, input your own text content and replace a handful of images. Even though it’s only $12 / month, be warned that there is limited support and very little customization available.

Design

Web DesignDesign is another important characteristic to consider when building a new website. Stepping away from basic builders like Google or GoDaddy, there are a few more expensive options that offer a few more design tools.

Wix

Wix has gained tremendous popularity among small businesses and new businesses. In recent years, the company has made significant improvements to make its software less templated and more geared toward custom designs. Wix users can still choose from templates or they can build completely unique designs. With a front-end builder and several features, it’s no wonder why Wix has become popular in the last few years. Of course, it does have certain limitations as much of the codebase is not available to users.

Squarespace

Known as the budget-friendly e-commerce website builder, Squarespace is another affordable option to start a website with. This platform gives its users a variety of building blocks to quickly drag-and-drop the look-and-feel of a website. And for online stores, adding products, photos of products and adjusting various features is very easy. Like any other builder mentioned on this list so far, it too has limitations and you’ll need to upgrade when you hit a roadblock. It’s still cost-effective, but it can be discouraging at times.

Functionality

Finally, if it’s custom functionality you need in a website, you’ll need to consider hiring a professional. While the previous platforms mentioned get the job done, you’ll only be able to take them so far. This is where more advanced platforms come into play.

WordPress

WordPress is by far the most popular website platform available today, powering more than 30% of the internet. It gives designers endless options to work with and makes customizations a breeze.

For these reasons and a few more, WordPress is a great solution for a lot of businesses. If you’re looking for a website that can evolve with your business, offers customization and flexibility with third-party plugins, then it’s worth every penny to hire a custom developer to build on WordPress.

Other Contenders

It seems as if new website platforms come out every few months. Of the notable platforms not mentioned here, business owners could also consider Shopify for e-commerce, BigCommerce for e-commerce, Webflow for a graphical front-end builder and Figma to focus on design. If you have recently built a new business website, which platform did you choose and why?

Using Color In Your Lighting

Lighting serves the primary purpose of providing functional illumination, however, you can improve the decor of your room by choosing light fixtures that are well-designed and colorful. Because color plays such an important role in defining a room’s aesthetic, it’s important to choose light fixtures that match the overall hue of the room or choose fixtures that will make that splash that you want to see in the space. If you can keep color in mind when choosing your lighting, you’ll find that it will add a personality to the room, in addition to providing a functional source of light.

Psychology Plays a Role

In her post, Simple Tips for a Well-Lit Room, Carolyn Scott-Hamilton notes that color has a psychological effect on us and it is critical to surround ourselves with color patterns that promote happiness. Whether it is in the small devices we carry around or in a pattern of the entryway’s chandelier, you should try to use colors in your home that are in accordance with your personality.

Different Rooms, Different Colors

You’ll also want to consider color when choosing lighting by room in your home. For instance, in workspaces like the home office, you’ll want bright colors from fixtures with an integrated LED. Conversely, in the living room, you’ll want softer colors that can attribute themselves to the mood of the room. And in the bathroom where you are likely getting ready in the morning, you’ll want bold, bright colors to help you see what you are doing.

Light Bulb & Shade

Color in a light fixture can come from a combination of two things — the shade and the light bulb. Most halogen bulbs will put off a warm glow that will reflect well with the shade and if you choose a fixture that supports LED bulbs, you’ll find a bright bluish hue coming from the light. The shade is what will project the most amount of color in a space and this is where you need to be extra selective with your fixtures. Consider how the color will play with furniture and other furnishings in the room and depending on the shape of the fixture, you may also see a cool amount of shadows created by the shade.

Just remember, color plays a big role in home decorating. From the color of your designer sofa to the color of the dining room’s chandelier, you’ll want to keep in mind how the colors work with each other in every room.