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    I've been away form this site for a very long time and I am sorry I missed so much!

    I am finally to the point where I want to build my web site and start moving forward with my business.

    What are the pros and cons of WordPress perhaps versus a weebly or wix? It appears relatively easy to use.


    I know WordPress is highly recommended here. I was on there checking things out and see they have several different package options. For now my intention with a web site would be general information about my company so I think the "free" option will work for now. Am I correct in assuming the $99 annual fee is the hosting fee?

    Thank you

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    Hi

    There are two types of WordPress, hosted (wordpress.com) and self hosted (wordpress.org)

    Hosted WordPress, (wordpress.com) would be comparable to Weebly or Wix.

    With a hosted website solution, they provide design templates and easy to use page builders to quickly get a site online. The limitations are that you can only use the features they offer. There is no ability to customize or add features that you do not see available.

    For a new business that needs a site online quickly, this can be a quick and simple solution. Eventually you may outgrow this and have to move on to a self hosted website where you have full control over the code, look and features. Unless you have web programming experience you would probably need to hire a web developer to build this for you. You would still have a similar admin interface to manage all of the content once the site is built.

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    I don't know much about the site builder services of WordPress.com, but I'm a strong proponent of WordPress in general.
    I could be here all day listing all of the reasons that WordPress is a better choice than Weebly or Wix, but #1 would be:

    Down the line when you grow and decide you now want to run your own, self hosted WordPress website because you need more features and control. WordPress.com has tools to let you export your website content, save it, and upload it to a new Self Hosted WordPress site so that you don't have to start completely from scratch.

    With Weebly and Wix I'm not completely sure you even own your content in a way that can be exported anywhere without copying and pasting.

    The only other sitebulder type service I'd recommend is Squarespace.
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    I would guess the $ 99.00 fee is for hosting. Have you picked a hosting company yet. There are tons to chose from and if you are using the WordPress from Wordpress.org (which is the one I would recommend) it will install with one click from virtually any hosting account. You could probably find hosting cheaper than $ 99.00 a year. The hosting company that I think is outstanding is Sectorlink and they are $ 5.99 a month. The domain will cost you around $ 15.00 a year. I usually use GoDaddy for domain names but most all domain registrars are decent.

    I would suggest staying away from Weebly and Wix and the like. You have less freedom to leave them that using WordPress and SEO is more difficult with them.
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    I bought the domain name last year from Google. Just need a source to build the site and host. I not really sure how all of this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCAdamson View Post
    I bought the domain name last year from Google. Just need a source to build the site and host. I not really sure how all of this works.
    When you use an all in one service/sitebuilder they give you DNS settings with which to forward your own domain to use on your account for your website.
    After that it's pretty much a site builder. They have preloaded templates and a set amount of determined plug ins that you can use to build a site with a few customization options.

    As opposed to hosting your own which is easier than it used to be, but can still be cumbersome if it's not something you really want to do or have a need for.
    It involves buying your own hosting, installing WordPress ( most hosts have one click install), and buying your own theme, or using a free one, and installing your own plug ins and doing your own customization.

    I recommend it if you want complete control over configuration, functions, and design. Or just like having your own stuff and like tinkering with it and learning.

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    Thank you Harold, I don't think at this point I want to get into my own hosting but maybe as the business grows. So the $99 is to build the "free" site on WordPress is also a hosting fee or it is?

    It says it includes Jetpack "Jetpack is a powerful plugin that includes SEO, spam protection, social sharing, site stats, and more." This makes it sound like hosting as well. Like I said I am new to this process so I want to make sure I am understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCAdamson View Post
    Thank you Harold, I don't think at this point I want to get into my own hosting but maybe as the business grows. So the $99 is to build the "free" site on WordPress is also a hosting fee or it is?
    Sounds like it's all in one. Site building tools, ability to use your own domain, and hosting. Technically that's not free. Don't get what you're paying for confused with the free version of WordPress.com. Using the free version has limitations, and generally they are on subdomains eg: yoursite.wordpress.com

    What you are describing is the site builder service.

    Quote Originally Posted by CCAdamson View Post
    It says it includes Jetpack "Jetpack is a powerful plugin that includes SEO, spam protection, social sharing, site stats, and more." This makes it sound like hosting as well. Like I said I am new to this process so I want to make sure I am understanding.
    Jetpack is just an all in one plug in that combines some of WordPress' most popular tools and plug ins. It's a free plug in and anyone who uses WordPress can download and install it. https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/

    There may be some premium benefits that they're offering that are different than the free version. Can't be sure without reading what they're saying.
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    Just to understand what we are talking about may I ask who is quoting you the 99 bucks a year?

    Most of the plug ins for WordPress are free and there are tons of free templates as well.

    Just to get real basic there are about 3 parts to a web site.

    1. The domain name. This is something you buy for typically around 15 bucks a year which you have already done. You use some settings to point your domain name to the files that are on your hosting companies computer which contains the files, photos and words that make up your web site.
    2. Hosting. This is basically just like a computer that holds your files and is online all the time and connected to the internet.
    3. The files including the HTML, words and photos that tell about your company. These files are uploaded to your hosting account. Wordpress is one of the options to make up the part of these files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy View Post
    Just to understand what we are talking about may I ask who is quoting you the 99 bucks a year?

    Most of the plug ins for WordPress are free and there are tons of free templates as well.

    Just to get real basic there are about 3 parts to a web site.

    1. The domain name. This is something you buy for typically around 15 bucks a year which you have already done. You use some settings to point your domain name to the files that are on your hosting companies computer which contains the files, photos and words that make up your web site.
    2. Hosting. This is basically just like a computer that holds your files and is online all the time and connected to the internet.
    3. The files including the HTML, words and photos that tell about your company. These files are uploaded to your hosting account. Wordpress is one of the options to make up the part of these files.
    WordPress.com now offers a site builder type service. Sounds like he's talking about that. At least i hope he is. https://wordpress.com/pricing/
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