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What free/low cost website options are there?

What low cost website options are there?

For the small business with an even smaller budget there are a few free and very low cost options that will at least get you a web presence. Remember that you get what you pay for.

In the free category I would recommend Tumblr which offers a very nice free blog. They have some nice looking design templates to choose from and you can attach your account to your Facebook and Twitter account which is nice.

In the low cost paid category I would recommend Page.ly which for $14.98 per month offers a quick 2 minute setup, your choice of some nice looking templates and a free domain name. Also because Page.ly is powered by WordPress you have the ability to install any WordPress plugin so you have an almost unlimited ability to customize and add functionality.

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About Andy Ward

I have been working in the field of web design and development since before 2000. I believe in crafting quality websites that are engaging and profitable for their owners. I give out a lot of free advice to business owners so feel free to contact me about how to make the most of the web.

2 responses to “What free/low cost website options are there?”

  1. I am a clinical psychologist in private practice on a stretch of I-80 that services mostly insurance-based working people. I utilize a template based web site designed for psychotherapists. However, they charge about $60 / month for hosting and my changing pages as I write various articles. That seems expensive for what I need. I assume you would be more expensive. Yes?

    • Andy Ward says:

      Dr. Smith

      My average client is not spending any more than you and is getting a much better product, I think the main difference is that my clients are paying all at once and you are paying over time. Let’s say my average client pays around $3000 for a custom designed website with WordPress, $88 per year for web hosting and gets a major redesign every 5 years. Over the course of the 5 year lifespan of that website they have paid $3440, over the course of the same 5 years you pay $3600.

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