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#2187613 - 11/24/13 06:10 AM Best web hosting/building tools  
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My wife is about to start teaching again (out of the home) after a long hiatus. Back in Taiwan, she was in demand, but she never had to advertise. Today, advertising seems to be a necessity. We're building a web site through simplesite.com (it's not finished yet), but simplesite's fees seem to be high ($24.95 for 3 months) once the free trial period has ended.

I read the recent thread about "how to advertise for studio", but what do you all use to build a website? Do you use Simplesite? If not, which one of the numerous web hosting services do you use? Which is the best? (If it's against the rules to say here, feel free to send me a private message.) The information I've read on them is confusing. Also, to start, would you recommend going with Wordpress, writing my own HTML (sounds hard - not really?), or something else? (I think it would be a good idea to start blogging as time goes by.) Any help you could provide would be appreciated.

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#2187622 - 11/24/13 07:29 AM Re: Best web hosting/building tools [Re: Classical Piano]  
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If you check out my website, www.valeoconservatory.com, it was done it Wordpress from one of their many templates. You can customize it from there. It takes a lot of looking around to do it on your own. Also, don't forget there are probably tutorials and answers to your questions if you google them as you encounter stumbling blocks.

I highly recommend doing something like Worpress and not html. There are people who get paid lots of money who know html and other programming languages much better than someone whose never done it. For a simple information site, Wordpress is probably the easiest route. You can add a blog to the WP site as an option.

My husband is a web developer, and so he designed it for me and since we have servers for his clients I can host for free. We charge our clients usually $10 or $20/month for hosting on non-e-commerce sites (no shopping cart), so $25 for 3 months seems reasonable, but it depends on what you get for that. I bet if you Googled you could find a comparison for different hosting companies and what you get for your money.

Don't forget you will have to buy your domain name too and renew that every year. You can go through Godaddy.com and pay roughly $12/year for the domain, and I highly recommend you have it automatically renew every year. If you forget to renew it, there are companies that will snatch up the domain from under you and you have to pay them a lot more money to get it back. Or, some hosting companies will handle this for you, for a fee.

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#2188149 - 11/25/13 03:58 PM Re: Best web hosting/building tools [Re: Classical Piano]  
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This is free. Period. Works like word document. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you will know how to use google site.

Then go to http://www.1and1.com/ to buy a domain, it is only $10 per year.

Good Luck!!

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#2188162 - 11/25/13 04:22 PM Re: Best web hosting/building tools [Re: bzpiano]  
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Originally Posted by ezpiano.org

This is free. Period. Works like word document. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you will know how to use google site.

Then go to http://www.1and1.com/ to buy a domain, it is only $10 per year.

Good Luck!!

I've used the google sites before and it's pretty good. I often hear Wix.com recommended and I have a little bit of experience with that one. It is sort of free (you must display their ads) and you can pay to remove ads and get a better experience (including to connect a domain).

The website builder and price options are what make Wix attractive. If you are going to do all of the design on your own and you don't have a lot of technical expertise, you'll probably do okay with Wix. A link to pricing: http://www.wix.com/upgrade/website

With both Google sites and Wix you can try them out for free and see if it will work for you. Good luck!

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#2190419 - 11/30/13 06:04 AM Re: Best web hosting/building tools [Re: Classical Piano]  
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Thanks, Moro, ezpiano, and Pathbreaker, for your input. I'm still digesting what you all have said. I don't plan to convert to a paid subscription for SimpleSite when my free trial period expires (in about 8 or so days). It's more expensive than any other option, although it is really easy to use, and I can actually get a free domain name (with Google Sites or Webs, with their extension), to practice on until I'm ready to buy a domain (which I'll probably do). I'm debating right now between Google Sites and Webs for "practice" purposes. I've read how Webs.com apparently decreased the functionality of their free service around 2012, so I'm leaning right now more toward Google. I've read how Google has a limited number of templates, but I've seen other reviews that said by doing an extra step (I can't remember what that this), you can get a lot more templates. There are other free services like this too, though.

If you use Wordpress, though, I think there is a way (have to check my old info) that you can get a free (with extension) website for practice purposes. I just want to have my website like I like it before I start paying for web hosting.

Or, do I really need paid web hosting? QUESTION: Does anyone have any experience with free web hosting?

Also, how much sense does it make to not have a website at all; to instead just post your info on Facebook (free), advertise on Craigslist (free), and put up flyers? I want people in my local area (preferably within a mile or so) to know about me, but I don't want to run into trouble with the HOA (we just bought this house, and the HOA has rules saying technically that piano teaching isn't allowed, but every HOA says that, and it seems to be a "don't ask don't tell" situation.)

Any other suggestions are always welcome - I try to check this thread every day. You can also send me a private message, if it's something you don't feel PianoWorld will allow.

Thanks for reading this long, rambling post.

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