Building your own website can be a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to overcome, especially if you are inexperienced with computers. You need to consider tons of factors, such as HTML coding, web designing and servers. Yes, websites need stellar servers to function seamlessly, much like server hosting for PC games.
However, in today’s tech-heavy world, it is paramount that you have a website or you and your great ideas, business plans, will be left in the wake of those with more technologically based resources than you. Hiring someone to design a website for you can be extremely expensive, and learning HTML coding yourself can be rigorous and may even require taking expensive online courses. So what’s the alternative? Well, I am going to present you with an all-in-one solution: Homestead.
Homestead is an online service that provides its customers everything they need to get themselves on the web: a custom domain name, e-mail accounts attached to that domain name (so you aren’t sending potential clients a contact e-mail address that looks unprofessional i.e. @hotmail.com or @AOL.com), and best of all, an easy to use website builder. The Homestead SiteBuilder can be used on the website in its “Lite” version or downloaded onto your computer in a more comprehensive version. This software caters to all types of users from novice to expert. If you know HTML coding, you can input HTML codes into your web design. If you don’t know anything beyond basic word-document knowledge, the SiteBuilder provides simple tutorials and preset templates to get you started. You will never have to learn any complicated codes or complex procedures if you don’t want to and your website will still come out looking professional.
My first experience using Homestead came when my brother recommended it to me. I wanted to design a website for my band so we would have something more professional than a myspace page but didn’t know where to start, my brother told me he had used Homestead and after using it I never looked back. I started out using one of the templates provided and as I got more comfortable with the software I became more creative with it. On the SiteBuilder (both the Lite and download versions), editing is extremely easy and website updates are accomplished in one click. In fact, I liked the software and website so much that when my dad was building a website for his construction business I passed it on to him. He tried it on my recommendation and while he is not the most tech-savvy individual, he was able to figure out Homestead and the SiteBuilder within an hour. Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier with the ease of access and service Homestead provided and continues to provide.
Homestead is also very affordable. The company offers a free 30-day trial and after that all the services I mentioned above (including the SiteBuilder, your website domain hosting, e-mail, etc.) cost only $5 a month. Not only that, but Homestead is a company that still puts a personal touch in their business. When I finished registering and setting up my account I was startled by my phone ringing and was surprised to find that the call was from a representative from Homestead. Not a machine, not a welcome video, but an actual prompt, friendly, and informative phone call that helped me get my website started.
As far as system requirements for the SiteBuilder are concerned, Mac users will be sad to find out that Homestead has not created a Mac compatible version of the downloadable SiteBuilder as of yet. However, the online SiteBuilder Lite is available for Mac users and still provides all the features needed to get a website up and running minus a few of the more complex features included in the free download version. Aside from that, if you have a PC running Windows 95 or higher you will have no problem running the software on your computer. Long story short, go check out Homestead and get started on that website you’ve been putting off for far too long.