Starting my business website, and I’m completely lost.

Hey folks – apologies if I’m not in compliance with the rules; if so, I’d be grateful if someone could point me toward a better place to ask about this stuff.

I started my own fledgling business a couple years ago and I’m finally getting around to building my dot-commery. Please keep in mind that the last website I tried to design was on Angelfire. I didn’t need anything fancy and I’d seen plenty of ads for website builders, so I thought it’d be fairly straightforward. I wanted to do a one-stop solution for hosting, design, registering, etc. Google was my first go-to, since that’s where I manage most of my other stuff (photos, file storage, email, etc.). I registered my domain and set up my business email. None of the standard Google themes was really blowing my hair back, so I was browsing for themes and found one on WordPress that I liked, so I purchased it. That necessitated building the site in WordPress (I think), and they were offering a year’s worth of free hosting via BlueHost, but I preferred Google’s email format, so…

Needless to say, I’ve made a big mess of the whole thing and it’s so convoluted that I have no idea who or where to ask for help. I talked a friend who does web design, and asked if I could hire her for her help because I’m stumped. She said she didn’t mind doing it for free, but as a budding freelancer, I understand the value of this stuff, so I want to compensate her at a fair rate for her work. I wanted to try to do as much of this stuff myself as I could but I’d like to both to lighten the load on her and to educate myself. Given that there are so many moving parts and different platforms/hosts/etc., can anyone point me to any good resources for learning more?

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    Can’t offer much more as you don’t say what’s a mess (the domain, hosting, or trying to build the site etc.)

    But WPB have simple tutorials for every step, from getting domains, installing plugins – to all manner of fancy crap. It’s a very good place to start.

  2. How complicated is the website project? If you’re just talking a handful of pages as a digital home for your business, something like Squarespace or Weebly might be a better fit.

  3. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but, I think you should use Squarespace.

    I build WordPress websites for a living and simply-put, there are lots of ‘WordPress-isms’ you’ll need to overcome in building a site on WordPress that are just not intuitive for newcomers and although it’s perhaps better than it used to be, if all you want is a ‘set it and forget it’ solution then Squarespace may be the way to go. They also use Google Workspace by default.

    If you want to persevere then WordPress is a great development platform and I would perhaps point you in the direction of YouTube on which there are endless really good tutorials on WordPress basics. Try the WP Tuts channel.

    Bottom line is, you’re going to have to either spend time or money.


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