Want to launch a website but don’t know where to start?
Use this guide to help
Today’s website doesn’t just have to be well designed, it also has to be mobile responsive, integrate with social channels and be easily found by search engines. Rather than start from scratch and employ different people to execute different parts of the website build, many people are opting for turnkey “all in one” platforms that incorporate great design principles, and the right bit of code, which allows for greater shareability.
The advantage of using some of the most popular all in one platforms is that there is a large pool of designers and developers that are familiar with them so support is close at hand.
Let’s look at the Top 3 all in one website platforms
1 – Shopify
The platform of choice for ecommerce. Built with the aim of helping people to sell, and avoid technical hurdles.
- Easy to use: Everything can be done with a few clicks. Shopify provides great beginner guides and lots of helpful FAQs.
- Designs: Already designed to be mobile-friendly. You’re using a platform that exemplifies the latest in UX concepts. You can also select from multiple “themes” from the extended community.
- Flexibility: You can use the platform with no programming experience, but you also have full access to the code and can add new functions via their app market or API for complete customization.
- Scaling: Shopify is very powerful and works for small and big online stores.
- Future Proof: Shopify is one of the biggest and most successful ecommerce solutions out there. Their uptime is close to 100%
2 – WordPress
Considered the most powerful content management system on earth, over 60 million sites such as the New York Post run on WordPress.
- Free: So you can get going asap. If you want them to host your site or you choose premium themes, however, these must be purchased.
- Unlimited flexibility and future-proof: You can change anything you like in the codes. WordPress is the largest content management system (CMS) in the world, so won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
- Themes: There are thousands of themes to choose from that will match your requirements. Hundreds and hundreds of designers have made themes that focus on photography, magazine layouts, ecommerce and more. A good aggregator of themes such Themeforest and Templatemonster are easily searchable by industry sector or type of product.
- Plugins: There are even ready made extra tools you can simply “plugin” to seamlessly offer extra functionalality such as shopping, membership subscription, and listings.
Community: The WordPress platform is so robust, thousands of developers have chosen to specialise in it, offering you the biggest pool of tech talent to draw from. The phrase “I need a WordPress developer” has now become a proxy for indicating you want to build a website.
3 – Squarespace
Squarespace is the top pick for users who want to communicate directly with their audiences, for example bloggers.
- Templates and Designs: Squarespace is very sophisticated and has elegant templates. They are all mobile responsive.
- SEO: Squarespace is excellent when it comes to getting found by search engines. simplifying using page titles, descriptions and other meta tages. For this reason, it’s very popular for people who are going for a scaleable organic traffic approach.
- Blogging: the platform is only second to WordPress when it comes to blogging. You can even host a podcast on Squarespace.
- One-Page Website: Squarespace have also captured the trend for one page websites, offering professional output for only $5 per month.
Once people get online quickly with these platforms, they tend to start wanting customization very quickly. That’s when they start looking for a website developer.
“Firstly, it’s important to hire the right web developer. Our experience has shown that in many cases clients hired a “cheaper” developer to reduce costs, but because the end result didn’t meet customer expectations or didn’t deliver the expected results, the whole project had to be scrapped and started again.”
Sotiris Michalakos, CTO at Nabbesh.com
Getting a good web developer
A website is an on-going project that will require continuous additions or improvements, paying a better quality professional ensures all aspects of the design and the functionality will be considered throughout the build.
A professional web developer will talk about the following when it comes to choice of platform:
- Ease of making additions and or improvements in the future
- Better User Experience
- Better SEO ranking
- Reliable technical support
- Time to implement and “go live”
- Technical guidance that will result in a better end product
Are you ready to get online?
Simply post your requirements on Nabbesh today and our project managers will connect you with suitable web developers within 48 hours!