Most of us have seen the ads for free website builders, which offer you the option to choose from hundreds of pre built templates, that ultimately allows you to put a website together for free.
There are some drawbacks, and as the saying goes 'nothing in life is free' and as a result free versions typically come with 3rd party adverts, which essentially pays for the service. To obtain an advert free website you would typically have to upgrade to a premium plan which is charged monthly. If you require a professional email address, in line with your domain name then this is again charged at an additional cost.
Here are some examples for you to review:
Working With A Web Designer
There are many excellent web designers available to you that can cater for varying budgets and provide additional added value services, such as digital marketing and social media support. Aside from your time the following are other important factors why you may choose a web designer:
There are a number of good reasons why your website should be responsive and adapt to the device your visitor has chosen to view it on. Here are just three of them:
Accessing the internet
Did you know that accessing the internet using a smartphone or a tablet is now more popular than using traditional desktop computers and laptops?
Search engine rankings
Also a responsive website will also improve your business search engine rankings. Approximately 60% of Google searches are made using mobile phones, so as a result Google loves mobile-optimised websites and will prioritise these by pushing non responsive ones down the search results.
From your potential customers perspective, user experience is key these days. A positive experience is accessing simple, well navigated and intuitive website that does not require users to pinch and zoom to find something. It is equally important to remember that this is their very first impression of your business.
The internet has a short but interesting history, so we want to share with you some interesting facts about how accessing the internet via mobile phones evolved over the years.
1994 - The very first smartphone
The first mobile smartphone was created by IBM in 1992 and went on sale in 1994. Bizarrely they named it Simon Personal Communicator (SPC). It was rather large and not very slick looking, however it still featured several bits of functionality that became the foundation for every smartphone that followed.
It had a revolutionary touch screen as well as the unique ability to send and receive emails and faxes. It also had a calendar, address book and even featured a standard and predictive stylus keyboard!
2001 - Smartphones start to connect to 3G
The smartphone came of age in in the millenium with NTT DoCoMo launching their DoCoMo Ericsson ER209i on their very own 3G network in Japan in October 2001 and made videoconferencing and large email attachments possible. They also help develop the W-CDMA mobile communications standard to allow portable electronic devices to access to the internet wirelessly.
However, despite this technology globalising, accessing the internet at this time was expensive, so the uptake was relatively low when compared to todays mobile phone market.
2007 - A guy called Steve Jobs
A game changer for the mobile smartphone evolution came in 2007 when Steve Jobs and the team at Apple unveiled the very first iPhone, building on the successful foundations created by the iPod in 2001
“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do, we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do”
Steve Jobs - Co-founder of Apple Inc.
The iPhone was undoubtedly the best touch screen device to hit the market, it was also the first device that offered users full access to the internet as they would normally get on a desktop computer.
Now over 52% of the global population, use their mobile phones to access and browse the internet, rather than traditional computers!
It is really important to choose a suitable website domain name, e.g. www.yourcompany.co.uk. Careful consideration is needed when selecting the right domain name for your business. Many web designers would recommend that the name includes a clear reference to what it is you do.
We recommend that your website domain name:
Choosing the right TLD
Your domain name will end with a TLD. TLD is short for 'Top Level Domain' and it comes after your domain name. For example:
You are free to choose whichever TLD you want, but if you just do business in the UK we would recommend .co.uk. Just so you know you can have more than one TLD domain name that can take visitors to the same website. For example we have used both .com and .co.uk for our website.
Already have a domain name?
If you already have a domain name, dont worry your web designer can help you connect your website address to your hosted website.