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    • BirdNerdSophie
    • By BirdNerdSophie 12th Aug 18, 10:02 AM
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    Free/cheap website
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    • 12th Aug 18, 10:02 AM
    Free/cheap website 12th Aug 18 at 10:02 AM
    Hi everyone,

    I am starting up my own business and wanted to ask if anyone knew of any free/cheap website builders.

    When I say free/cheap, I mean both creating and hosting, as a few websites try and catch you out at the end with big fees.

    I am not looking for anything fancy - even a single page hosted will do until my business picks up and I can afford a better one!

    Thanks in advance!
    Duck enthusiast. Mango milkshake connoisseur. Positive reinforcement training. Bob Ross fan girl. Team Q.
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    • fishybusiness
    • By fishybusiness 12th Aug 18, 10:45 AM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 10:45 AM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 10:45 AM
    What is your budget?
    • BirdNerdSophie
    • By BirdNerdSophie 12th Aug 18, 1:51 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 1:51 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 1:51 PM
    What is your budget?
    Originally posted by fishybusiness
    As little as possible - obviously subjective but Wix does something along the lines of 6 a month.

    I know that doesn't sound a lot to most people but I obviously want to money save and keep my start up costs as little as possible!
    Duck enthusiast. Mango milkshake connoisseur. Positive reinforcement training. Bob Ross fan girl. Team Q.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 12th Aug 18, 3:54 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 3:54 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 3:54 PM
    What are you doing with it? Local walking group is on Wordpress and that does what we need (walks programme, news, photos). Some businesses just get by with Facebook.
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 2 hats, 2 balaclavas for seamen, 1 balaclava for myself, multiple poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: ready to decrease / decreasing on all parts of the mohair cardigan pattern! but moved onto wrist warmers for friends at Christmas ...
    • BirdNerdSophie
    • By BirdNerdSophie 12th Aug 18, 4:20 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 4:20 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 4:20 PM
    All I really want is to list my services and have an about me page at this point.

    I am hoping to get a .co.uk custom domain but that's extra as well as website fees which from a lot of providers seems to be about 15-20 a year plus the monthly website costs. I want my site to be professional so I don't turn potential clients away, but if my business doesn't succeed then I'm throwing money away for nothing! I know starting a business a risk but I want to make sure I'm getting the best deal and spending money where it's worth it!
    Duck enthusiast. Mango milkshake connoisseur. Positive reinforcement training. Bob Ross fan girl. Team Q.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 12th Aug 18, 4:29 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 4:29 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 4:29 PM
    You can get free hosting (no ads) from various providers.

    000webhost and Hostinger free service have merged but still provide 0 basic hosting.

    https://www.000webhost.com/

    You may need to do more work yourself if you go down this route, and you may also find that support isn't as good as it would be with a paid service.

    If you want a good quality, cheap paid service, then FreeVirtualServers have an option at 4.99pm.

    Even the cheap/free services have various site building tools available, so you should be able to get up and running fairly quickly. Or as already mentioned, Wix, Weebly, Wordpress, etc.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Phones & TV, Techie Stuff, In My Home,
    The Money Savers Arms and Food Shopping boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views (especially those on the UK TV Licence) are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com.

    Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com
    • fishybusiness
    • By fishybusiness 12th Aug 18, 6:13 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:13 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:13 PM
    As little as possible - obviously subjective but Wix does something along the lines of 6 a month.
    I use Aquiss, .co.uk is 8 per year, hosting 3 a month, Wordpress install is free from the control panel.

    Plus the dreaded VAT.

    Find yourself a template, many are free and you are half way there.

    You then own the domain and have full control over it, can add an SEO pack for free - what is there not to like?

    if my business doesn't succeed then I'm throwing money away for nothing!
    IMHO not a good start, you need to have confidence - it will succeed, your website is your shop window - have faith, do a good job and consider the money spent an investment in yourself and your future.
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 12th Aug 18, 9:44 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:44 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:44 PM
    it will succeed, your website is your shop window -
    Originally posted by fishybusiness
    Although too many exclamation marks might put people off.....
    • ShyAndRetiring
    • By ShyAndRetiring 15th Aug 18, 4:50 AM
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    • 15th Aug 18, 4:50 AM
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    • 15th Aug 18, 4:50 AM
    Hi

    Have you had a look at One.com?

    You get a year's free hosting for the first year and sometimes the domain name is free, it works out about 11 for the year and you can build it using Wordpress to keep things simple.

    At the end of the first year, you can ditch it or keep going/ If you do, the price does go up but not bank breakingly, especially as you'll hopefully be over the worst of your start up by then.

    All the best with your business.
    ~ * ~ "A goal without a plan is just a wish" Antoine de Saint Expuery ~ * ~
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 15th Aug 18, 10:19 AM
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    On the otherside of this godaddy generally good for the cost on hosting and support around 12 a month but with wordpress support.
    • bingo bango
    • By bingo bango 15th Aug 18, 1:21 PM
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    Blimey. 12 per month? And what exactly is Wordpress support?

    I pay 3.70 per month (incl VAT) for hosting for 5 main domains with unlimited subdomains, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited email accounts.

    Has cPanel with one click Wordpress installation, along with countless other CMS options and apps.

    Also has a free website builder included in the package.

    Domains are currently about 8 per year + VAT (.co.uk), but worth shopping around for those. Remember that you don't need to use the same people to buy the domain from as for hosting.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 15th Aug 18, 4:08 PM
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    Re: spam post, now deleted.

    The rules of the Forum preclude pitching for business.

    Reported as spam.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 17-08-2018 at 8:33 PM.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Phones & TV, Techie Stuff, In My Home,
    The Money Savers Arms and Food Shopping boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views (especially those on the UK TV Licence) are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com.

    Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com
    • Expat2016
    • By Expat2016 15th Aug 18, 5:29 PM
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    As mentioned above, one.com do a good deal... hosting plus free domain. Install wordpress and use a free theme. If you want to customise the theme more or you are unsure how to set it up, just find somone on fiverr.com to do it for you. You!!!8217;ll be up and running for less than 20 quid. Plus there!!!8217;s loads of free plugins on wordpress.
    • just-a-driver
    • By just-a-driver 17th Aug 18, 8:10 PM
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    Why did my post get deleted, a legitimate reply offering a better alternative and a cost saving?
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 17th Aug 18, 8:32 PM
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    Why did my post get deleted, a legitimate reply offering a better alternative and a cost saving?
    Originally posted by just-a-driver
    MSE does not allow its forums to be used to pitch for business.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Phones & TV, Techie Stuff, In My Home,
    The Money Savers Arms and Food Shopping boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views (especially those on the UK TV Licence) are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com.

    Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com
    • just-a-driver
    • By just-a-driver 17th Aug 18, 10:21 PM
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    Even though it is, regardless of pitch, a viable option for the OP? Surely that rule is to prevent spammers, but I literally answered his/her needs.

    So can I repost the solution as a neutral party without saying I built it?
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 18th Aug 18, 6:10 PM
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    Cornucopia
    Even though it is, regardless of pitch, a viable option for the OP? Surely that rule is to prevent spammers, but I literally answered his/her needs.

    So can I repost the solution as a neutral party without saying I built it?
    Originally posted by just-a-driver
    I'm afraid not. A lot of MSEers are involved in businesses, including me. If everyone was allowed to pitch for business there would no room for money saving.

    As it happens, one of my business involvements is in exactly this area, so I know exactly what the issues are.

    I'm happy for you to say that a small, local web development company could do everything the OP wants and may not even be as expensive as the big players. Plus it'll likely come with a human face.

    There - I've said it for you.
    I'm a Board Guide on the Phones & TV, Techie Stuff, In My Home,
    The Money Savers Arms and Food Shopping boards. I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. Any views (especially those on the UK TV Licence) are mine and not the official line of moneysavingexpert.com.

    Board guides are not moderators. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 26th Aug 18, 10:12 PM
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    Blimey. 12 per month? And what exactly is Wordpress support?

    I pay 3.70 per month (incl VAT) for hosting for 5 main domains with unlimited subdomains, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited email accounts.

    Has cPanel with one click Wordpress installation, along with countless other CMS options and apps.

    Also has a free website builder included in the package.

    Domains are currently about 8 per year + VAT (.co.uk), but worth shopping around for those. Remember that you don't need to use the same people to buy the domain from as for hosting.
    Originally posted by bingo bango
    Sorry wordpress support is literally you phone them up and say make me this that the other on the wordpress site, but you can also do on a normal site
    • deskhelp
    • By deskhelp 27th Aug 18, 8:40 AM
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    For free hosting the other options are Wix , weebly I have not used them personally so you got to check them yourself.
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