How to Start Up My Own Website?

By Hui Yang

One of the most common question for people who like to setup a website will be which solution should i take? There is so much options available just to setup a website! How should I choose? Off course, the easiest way will be hire a professional, but people like free stuff, minimum cost. Why should I pay when I can have it free?

Let’s get some knowledge about options of setting up a website before we pay or making decision. There is basically 5 common ways to setup a website:

  • Blog

  • Self-hosted CMS

  • Online web builder / CMS

  • Offline web builder (program)

  • Hire a professional

 

Let's ask some questions before we have a idea what we want:

Do you have budget?

Yes! - Hire a professional, self-hosted CMS
Maybe - Online web builder / CMS
No - Blog, Offline web builder

 

Do you need special / customized feature other than CMS?

Yes! - Hire a professional
Need standard feature other than CMS - Self-hosted CMS (or any software suitable, eg. e-Commerce), Online web builder / CMS (or online marketplace, etc)
No - Blog, Self-hosted CMS, Online web builder / CMS, Offline web builder

 

Do you need totally customized/personalized design for your website?

Yes! - Offline web builder, Hire a professional
Maybe - Online web builder / CMS, Online web builder
No - Blog

 

Do you willing to learn something might totally new to you and spend some time on it?

Yes! - Offline web builder
Maybe - Online web builder / CMS, Self-hosted CMS
No - Blog, Hire a professional

 

Do you need to update regularly?

Yes! - Blog, Hire a professional
Maybe - Online web builder / CMS, Self-hosted CMS
No - Offline web builder

 

Do you like to have full control of your website?

Yes! - Self-hosted CMS, Hire a professional, Offline web builder
Maybe - Online web builder / CMS
No - Blog

 

Comparision:

 

Hire a professional

Blog

Online web builder / CMS

Self-hosted CMS

Offline web builder

Easiness

5 (Easiest)

4

3

2

1

Maintainability

5

5

4

4

1

Flexibility

5

2

4

3

5

Cost

5

0

0

3

2

Reliability

5

2

3

4

4

Features

3

1

3

5

0

Extendability

5

0

0

4

0

Note: This is for generally, there is rare case / exception. For example: some online CMS provide full control of content as well as design, but some are not.

 

Options recommended:

Blog

Self-hosted CMS

Self-hosted eCommerce

Online web builder / CMS

Online shop

Online marketplace

Offline web builder

Hire a professional

 

Reviews / Comparision

Online web builder / CMS

 

Conclusion

Hire a professional will be a best way if you need customized website. Else you may considered self-hosted open source (CMS) system. But if you will like to have quick and easy, yet free solution, you should go to online web builder or blog.

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