Maybe it’s because I’m a web designer, but people often ask me how they can get a website up. It used to be that to do this you needed to either really enjoy tinkering with things like HTML and domain names, or you’d have to go and hire a web designer. But it’s 2011 and now there are plenty of really easy to use services that will get you up and running in no time.
Of course if you have a very specific or complex specification of how you want your site to work or look then you are probably going to end up needing a professional still. But if you just need a website to provide information or a blog then that’s a piece of cake!
In this post I want to quickly show you a service which I’ve been recommending to anyone who asks about getting a quick website up. The service has the rather awkward name of Weebly, but what it lacks in name, it makes up in simplicity.
Basically you sign up for free and use their point and click tools to create a site, adjust how it looks, upload your content and place everything into the site. You can then publish either with the URL based on weebly.com, or if you don’t mind paying you can register a domain. Weebly makes money on domain registrations, and also on pro accounts which have some extra features like the ability to make your site password protected (which could be useful for some Baha’i sites). But even if you do need a Pro account, it’s just a few dollars a month.
Weebly could be really perfect for a website for all sorts of Baha’i purposes, including building one for your local community, for a special Baha’i event, or for a committee or resource you are creating. The reason I recommend the service is that it’s trivially easy to use and has enough features that most people could make something useful.
Here’s a video that will demo roughly how the service works. If you like the look of it, head over to Weebly.com and try it out. Or if you’ve ever used the service before, leave a comment!
Other Free Website Services
There are numerous other services where you can set up a free site. Yola does pretty much the same thing as Weebly and is also free. Or if you want to create a blog, then you could try WordPress.com or Blogger, or if you wanted to create a photo blog you might like Tumblr which suits simple blogging.