If you are a small business owner with a traditional brick and mortar retail store, having a website is a must. Even if you are an established business, you are missing out on a large segment of potential customers who essentially live and shop online. If you don't have a website, the thought of creating one or paying someone to create one may seem daunting. What if there was a easy (and free) way for you to get create a great looking website without having to know any kind of web design skills?
Weebly is an easy to use web building platform that allows “non-techhie” people to create a great looking website. Using a drag and drop interface, you can easilly add images, video, text and even custom HTML to your site. Some key features of Weebly:
- Hosting is included for free
- You can use a Weebly domain or use your own custom domain
- Insert images and video from you computer or from services liike Flickr or Youtube
- 100's of themes to create a custom feel for your website
- You can easily add a blog to your website for free
- Creating a website requires no experience, just some creativity
Using a Custom Domain
While you can use a Weebly domain to host your website for free, I strongly recommend that you use your own custom domain (yourbusinessname.com) to host your site as it makes you look more professional and is way to go if you want people to find your business while searching online. You can use a domain that you have previously purchased or you can purchase a domain directly from Weebly for about $25 a year. You can get it cheaper at a domain seller like Go Daddy, but for $25 bucks it may be easier to purchase it through Weebly.
100's Of Designs To Choose From
Weebly has 100's of theme designs that will let you create a custom feel for your website.
Add and Editing Images Is Easy
Easilly import images from your computer or online from hosted sites such as Flickr. Once an image is uploaded, editing is a snap with the easy to use image editor.
Adding Multimedia Such As Video, Slideshows and Image Galleries is a Snap
Adding a YouTube video is as simple as entering the URL of the video you want to disply
Add a Google Map so your customers can easilly find you
Lots of options for creating slideshows and image galleries
Easilly Add Pages To Your Site, Even A Blog!
You can easilly add pages or a blog to your site with the click of a button. You can also determine if you would like to have a page hidden from the navigation bar or link an external website.
There are tons of additional features when building a website with Weebly such as:
- E commerce features
- Custom sign up forms
- Embedding audio
- Embedding documents
Some are of these features are free and some come with the paid version of Weebly which is currently priced at a reasonable $5 bucks a month. You can actually get it even cheaper if you pay in full or a one or two year plan. Weebly also occassionaly offers discount codes for new members.
Build Your Small Business Website Today
As you can see, building a website for your business does not have to be difficult. While you may not be able to create a website that is 100% the look and feel you dreamed of, you can create a really nice looking one that has all of the features you need. Best of all, it's free and you can create it yourself in a day or two. What more can you ask for?
If even this sounds like it may be a bit too much for you, the least you can do is a create a Google Places page for your business, which will take just a few minutes. There is no longer an excuse not to have a website for your business, go and get started with Weebly today!
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