Alternative to Web Site Templates and Design Software
Before I discovered the concept of Web site templates, I felt woefully inadequate to build my own site. It was the old "catch-22" where I didn't have the money to pay to have a site built, I needed a site to make the money to have a professional site, and without the knowledge of how to build a site, I had no hope of getting a site.
But even templates took some degree of technical knowledge. I could get a reasonably priced site for between $40-$75 dollars generally speaking, but I had to download, mess with it and find a hosting site, domain name, learn FTP, then upload every change. Ugh! However, I heard about a new online resource where I no longer have to hassle with any of that! So I gave it a try...
(Can you see me smiling? No? Well, imagine it because I am!) I found QuickSites to be a simple, affordable way for ANYONE to have a professional, quality Web site.
You can try their demo at http://quicksites.pixelmation.com. Use the demo log-in information provided to get full, free access. I was very happy to see it is set up to literally be a "click, type and save" process, which gives me more time for my writing and marketing focus. Plus, they're offering Domain name, WebMail, visitor traffic reporting and 24/7 access.
I personally really enjoy this easy new way to build my own new site. It just might be a great alternative for you, too. Definitely worth a peek anyway.
Cherie' Davidson has been working as a Web copywriter, content editor and Web Reviewer for several years through her own business, Suitable Words (http://www.suitablewords.com), where she provides site development and online writing services.
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