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    What I find to be a very practical choice for some of our smaller clients is setting them up with a Amazon AWS virtual server to host their website. Amazon's basic server is more then capable of running a basic-intermediate website, and it's FREE! After that invest in the design of a decent site that is customized the way you want. It doesn't have to be expensive, shop around, web design is a competitive market. Most importantly find a designer that's capable of listening to and actually understanding what your trying to 'envision' for your website. Don't be too intimidated by hosting your own website. With a little knowledge, and a good plan, you can make it work.
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    When you go to the .com site it offers free, 2.99/mth 8.25/mth, & 24.92/mth options and lists what you get at each level. As I mentioned since I am just starting out I figured I would go with free. When you select that it allows you to select or skip a couple of template options before it takes you to a screen asking for credit card info. It says it will be 99 billed annually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCAdamson View Post
    When you go to the .com site it offers free, 2.99/mth 8.25/mth, & 24.92/mth options and lists what you get at each level. As I mentioned since I am just starting out I figured I would go with free. When you select that it allows you to select or skip a couple of template options before it takes you to a screen asking for credit card info. It says it will be 99 billed annually.
    The free plan at that link won't allow you to use you own domain name. You need the 3$ plan for that.

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    Also, free comes with limitations. Usually as was mentioned, it's things like can't use your own domain, restrictions on commercial use, having affiliate links, ads and otherwise trying to make any money. It used to be the free version was just for personal blogs. Not business websites. It's also limited on functionality. Maybe you'll get a form addon, but if you need more than basic, you may be out of luck.

    Basically if any of the limitations of the free version make you look unprofessional, it's not worth the price. Above all else you must look like a real business if you expect the website to do anything for you what so ever. You can't control the amount of people who will see it and never contact you because of what they saw and didn't feel confident that you were up to the task. A website is for strangers, not people you already know.
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    Thank you guys for the feedback. It was very helpful.

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    Wordpress powers 27% of the web, not wix or weeble.

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    I use self-hosted Wordpress sites and I find them exceptionally easy to set up and maintain. You can use them as just a blog or as a full blown website. You can also modify or add to the PHP code as Wordpress provides all of the code for the base package, themes, and plug ins.

    Wordpress is also highly optimized for search engines.
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    Default Wix

    Don't have experience using wordpress so I can't really compare but I have a premium wix account and use it to manage multiple domains. I don't have a large client base but it does the job.

    Pros:
    • Transfer a website without losing anything, tons of useful apps that you can build into your site [chatboxes, newsletters, forms, surveys, blog function], cool features to customize your webpage depending on what you're looking for [appointment function, set your website up to accept payments], communicate with clients directly through wix portal


    Cons:
    • Website Building Features could be improved [Site gets really laggy when trying to make edits], some apps require additional payment


    Thats all I can think of but if you have any other questions you can ask.

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