The Best Place to Build a Website in 2017 and Beyond

The Best Place to Build a WebsiteIs your 2017 resolution to finally start making money online? If so, one of your first questions has to be, “what’s the best place to build a website?” A website is an essential cornerstone of online success. So you’ll want to spend some time and find a place that’s a good fit for you.

But where to start?

I know this can seem intimidating because most of us retirees are not technical geeks. And that’s OK. Seriously! On occasion, I’ve glanced at the coding for my site and then promptly returned to the user-friendly, visual interface where I’m completely comfortable.

My lack of coding skills has not hindered my progress in building my website!

As I’m sure you’ve already discovered, you have a vast number of choices for creating a website. My goal is to help you understand those options a bit better. Let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion and put the website building puzzle pieces together. Then we’ll talk about my recommendations.

Sound good?

Step One – What’s Your Niche?

By this what we really mean is, what’s the purpose of your website? A niche is nothing more than a group of individuals who share a common interest in a specific topic. Picking a niche is the fun and exciting part of creating an online business. Ideally, your website will reflect your personal interests. You may have many hobbies and pursuits you’re passionate about. At least initially, you’ll need to narrow it down and choose one.

You need to spend time brainstorming questions like these:

  • What topic will your website address?
  • Who’s your target audience?
  • What useful information will you share?
  • What questions will you answer?
  • How will you provide value to your readers?

Recommended Reading: What is the Definition of a Niche and Why is it Important?

Niche possibilities are endless, and your brainstorming will take you all in myriad directions, but everyone will perform the same tasks to construct their website.

Build a Website Basics

These are the essential elements of website creation.

  • Domain Name – a domain name is a unique identifier or Internet address. It’s not much different than the Domain Namepost office address of your home or brick and mortar business. It’s the address for your virtual piece of real estate and the way your readers will find you on the web.

Domain names are a personal choice. They are often descriptive of the niche or focal subject matter. Others choose brandable domains that include the name of the owner.

If you decide to use a free website builder, your domain name will typically include a subdomain. That’s the route I chose initially. When I first started my website, the name was retiredandearningonline.siterubix.com.

I think a subdomain is fine when you begin and are finding your way. But at some point, you may want to purchase a dot com domain of your own. It’s not expensive (about $14 a year). The biggest issue with a subdomain is the length. You want a name that readers will remember, and the addition of the subdomain makes that challenging.

  • Hosting – This is the server where your website and all content is stored. Think of this as similar to the Hostingphysical location of an offline business. You rent space and services in much the same way you might rent a storefront or office from a landlord.

You need a hosting company that is reliable and dependable so that your website is open for business around the clock, 365 days a year.

  • Content Management System (CMS) – This is the software or website building platform Content Management Systemthat allows you to
    • develop great content in the form of text, images, video, or audio information
    • organize content to provide a user-friendly experience for your visitors
    • design an attractive and appealing site
    • publish your content on the web

WordPress

I use WordPress as my CMS, and I’m a huge advocate. WordPress is not the only CMS choice out there, but it is the best. It’s the most widely used platform on the Web, and it’s free to use. It’s easy to use and is very versatile. There are over 2,000 free themes to choose from that allow you to design your website just the way you want it. Additionally, there are hundreds of free plugins that extend the functionality of the software.

The Best Place to Build a Website in 2017

Building a website is a life-changing decision, and I want you to have the best chance of being successful in this venture. There are a number of options available. Wix, WordPress.org, GoDaddy, and Hostgator are just a few places you might select. They all provide the basic elements discussed above, and all have advantages. But they’re not the best. I recommend Wealthy Affiliate as the absolute best place to build your website.

Why?

There are several reasons behind my recommendation. Fundamentally, Wealthy Affiliate offers all of the basics and a great deal more. They offer training that is second to none and the support available through a huge community of online business owners is incredible.

As a former educator, I can assure you that the WA training modules appeal to all learning styles including visual, auditory, and tactile. Every lesson includes a video tutorial and hands-on exercises.

But here’s the best part. Wealthy Affiliate is so confident in their program that they offer a 100% free Starter Membership. No credit card is required to activate your membership, and a Starter Membership is not a trial. You may stay at the free membership level for as long as you choose to do so. A Starter Membership includes 2 websites, hosting, and 10 lessons to get you started on your path to success.

Naturally, WA also offers a premium membership that includes a substantial amount of additional training. A premium membership is $49/month or $359/year. But I strongly recommend that you join as a free Starter Member. Explore the WA site, build your website, and complete the free training. You have absolutely nothing to lose and the potential benefits are enormous!

Take a look at the free lessons offered. 

Online Entrepreneur Certification

WA Free Lesson Exhibit

WA Course Objectives

Final Thoughts

WA has been a stellar experience for me which is why I recommend it as the best place to build a website in 2017.

The WA community is expansive and global. Member profiles are fascinating. You can spot members from 16 – year olds launching websites as school projects to 80 somethings finding on-going purpose (along with some extra income). The Internet is a level playing field like no other in history.

I look forward to reading your profile!

Create Your Website Today!

 

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About Linda

Hi, Folks. Thanks for visiting my site, and I hope you enjoyed this post. My name is Linda, and I'm the owner of Retired and Earning Online. I started my online business after taking early retirement from Corporate America, and it's been amazing! Now I help others start their own business. I joined my #1 recommended training program and learned how to start my business for FREE. I invite you to do the same! Let's make money online!

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8 Comments on “The Best Place to Build a Website in 2017 and Beyond”

  1. Hi Linda,

    Your website looks great. I’m planning on building a new website soon. Did you learn how to do your website through the Wealthy Affiliate Program? How did you go about picking the theme you are using here?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Sondra,

      Yes, I joined Wealthy Affiliate as a complete newbie by taking advantage of their free Starter Membership. Like many folks trying something new, I was very interested but wasn’t entirely sure it was for me. The free membership was a no-brainer 🙂 I got to do some hands-on exploring. By the end of the first week, I had built my website and completed the first 10 lessons and knew I was completely hooked. I upgraded to a premium membership because I was eager for more training. By upgrading within a week, I got my first premium month for $19 which was a great bonus. I recently became an annual premium member because I have no intention of leaving. New training is added by members of the community all the time, so it’s just a continuous learning environment which I love.

      There are about 2k free WordPress themes to choose from. I spent 2 or 3 three days just previewing themes. I wanted something simple and clean. The part I like best about my theme is that it’s very easy to navigate and find everything on the site. People visit websites because they’re looking for information and answers to questions, so I want them to have a positive UX and find what they need. I know that when I visit someone’s website, I want it to be simple. I find a lot of bells and whistles and pop-ups to be distracting, so I’ve avoided them.

      Good luck with your new site and thanks for sharing your comments!

  2. Wow….two thousand free themes were available on Wealthy Affiliate? I’m glad Wealthy Affiliate is working out so well. I’m out of time at the moment, but I’m going to come back later today and check out your links to Grammerly and the SEO Toolbook. They might be great tools for me as I work on my website.

    1. Grammarly is my absolute favorite blogging tool. It’s an enormous time-saver because you can just write without constantly stopping to check your work. Grammarly catches everything. It’s like having a proofreader. I wait until I’m done and then go back through and fix everything that’s been flagged – misspellings, missed commas, typos, etc. I have a bad habit of using passive voice which can hurt readability. Grammarly lets me know so that I can consider rewriting. You can check out all the features here. I have the premium version but the free version is also very good and may be enough for you.

  3. I don’t think you know how much I connect with this post. Even though I am a retirement wannabee and way below the age, I think starting from now with your tips will help secure my future.

    I have started working on your tips and I am expecting my compounding efforts to start earning the cash I want to help build my retirement fund.

    Thank you for the advice

    1. That’s excellent news! It’s never too soon to begin securing your retirement lifestyle and I think you’ve made a great choice! Hopefully, you will enjoy growing your website as much as I’ve enjoyed the experience. I appreciate you contributing your thoughts and comments and I wish you great success in your online endeavors!

  4. Hi Linda,

    I completely agree with you, the best place to build your own website and also make your own online business is Wealthy Affiliate.

    There aren’t too many programs out there as good as Wealthy Affiliate as it’s simply one of the best. I am currently 17 and have had my site up and running for over 2 months now. I have had no success as of yet but hopefully it comes soon.

    1. Hi Joshua,

      Congratulations on getting your online business up and running. That’s fantastic! Thanks for chiming in with your opinion of Wealthy Affiliate. While my experience has been excellent, it’s always very confirming to hear that others have encountered a similar experience. In the grand scheme of things, 2 months is not very long to make a significant investment in your future. At 17, you will be reaping the benefits for many years to come 🙂 Hang in there and be persistent! I’m wishing you massive success!

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