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User Guide - Designing Your Website

Design Yourself or Call the Professionals?

You have lots of options when it comes to building your site. Our Drag and Drop Site Builder makes it easy to create and customize a professional looking website, while blogging and content management system (CMS) options, like WordPress and Joomla, are available for quick installation via SimpleScripts. Your account is also compatible with web development software, and if you really want to turn heads, we offer professional design services where we make your vision a reality.

So how do you know what's right for you? The method you choose really depends on the goals you have in mind for your website. For example, you can create a fully functional blog a lot easier using WordPress than you could with expensive software like Adobe Dreamweaver. Here is a table we put together where we suggest specific tools and services that best fit particular website goals.

Website Goal What You May Need Tools and Services
Gain Exposure: bring new customers to your physical business (hair salon, restaurant, etc.) with your site. An information-driven site with
  • store location
  • hours
  • gallery
  • services
  • and prices
Create and customize a site yourself with our Drag and Drop Site Builder. Or, work with our professionals to get a polished Drag and Drop Site that you can manage and edit yourself.
Drive Sales: sell products and services online.
  • an e-commerce shopping cart and payment gateway
  • product descriptions
  • prices
Design a store via ShopSite, or have your e-commerce site designed professionally with our website services.
Connect with People: share ideas/experiences with family and friends, or the general public
  • a platform that allows for commenting and sharing ideas
  • photo gallery software
Install WordPress, and/or other forum and gallery options, via SimpleScripts.
Educate Others: share specialized expertise with how-to articles, video clips, games, and more.
  • blogging software
  • comment functionality
  • forums
  • social media integration
  • multi-media
Check out Joomla, a content management system, or design the site via WordPress. Both are available (along with other open source applications) via SimpleScripts.

Resources for Designing Yourself

If you've decided to design your website, check out our Essential Website Building Guide. We've also highlighted relevant site building tools (all included free with your hosting plan) to help you get started.

  • Drag and Drop Site Builder: You guessed it -- this site building tool lets you create and edit your website by dragging and dropping elements onto its pages. You can choose from a range of customizable professional-looking templates, add a blog and more. Watch a demo »

    Drag and Drop

  • WordPress: Create a blog, or design a full scale website using WordPress. You can publish new blog posts, write pages, and customize your site with all kinds of free plug-ins. Learn more about getting started with WordPress »

    Wordpress

  • Uploading Files via FTP: If you use design software to create your pages, you can upload them to your website using the FTP tool. Watch a tutorial »

    FTP

Professional Site Design Services

Let us create the site you've imagined. We offer a few different site design services, so choose the package that's right for you.

  • A Professional Site You Can Manage Yourself: We'll design your site using our Drag and Drop Site Builder so you can edit and make changes easily, any time you like. Work with our designer one-on-one, and when the website is complete, we'll show you how to manage it on your own. Check it out »

  • Tailored Design Packages for Your Business: Choose from three site-specific design packages -- marketing and informational sites, e-commerce, and a custom design plan -- tailored to meet your site's needs. Learn more »

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