Tools to Create Your Own Website
Many people, organizations and small businesses would benefit from creating their own websites. They don't need a developer to create it for them, since there are many cheap or free applications they can use instead. Even startups seeking to develop a new product can sometimes start with an existing application to test out the market with. Later, they can develop it further or build a new application.
Here’s a table of the most popular categories of websites, and recommended services or applications you can use to set them up. See below for an explanation of the different categories.Hover over the column headings for a quick definition.
|Free Web Service
|Premium Web Service
|Part of Network
|Install Your Own Application
|Basic HTML Site
|Static content, rare updates
|Jetstrap* Bootstrap site builder
|Webflow Online Design Tool
|HTML pages + editor
(e.g. Microsoft Expression Web)
|HTML pages + editor
|Many pages with frequent updates
(or Google Sites)
Create nice standard sites
|Replaced by social networks
|Wordpress - powers much of the web
or Concrete5 - simpler
|Regular posts displayed in reverse order
Free until you want more control
or Quora Blogs
(or Ghost, a newer simpler option)
|Many contributors to same content
works as a wiki
(or corporate solutions)
From the creator of Wikipedia
|Users discuss topics
|ProBoards (old style)
(or social networks)
|Users buy stuff
|Content Site + Paypal Cart
Types of Websites
Ways to Setup a Website
The column headings above describe different ways you can setup a specific website.
If you don’t want to worry about maintaining your site, go with a web service instead of installing your own application. They take care of running a specific service that you use. You won’t have full control over the code but you also won’t need to worry about the site going down.
You may also want the benefits of being part of a network. You'll still have your own site, but it will be easier for other people on the network to find you.
If you want full control over your application or you’d like to experiment with different applications, you should install your own application. This requires selecting a web host, installing it, and maintaining it afterwards.
If you want more control, but don’t want to deal with a server-side application, you can build a static site instead. These sites don’t require servers and just send static files to visitors. They may require a little more work to edit, but are easy to host for free.
So pick an option above and create your own website! If you're signed in, you can link to your new site in the comments below.