Ready to create a website for your virtual assistant business but haven’t a clue where to begin?
Been there, done that! There are lots of options to choose from which is great! But on the flip side, it can feel overwhelming deciding on which one is best.
Over the years I’ve tried many different website builders…I’ve coded my own site, used templates, tried shopping platforms, and finally happily settled with Divi on WordPress.
Thanks to all the options out there, building a beautiful website is easy and inexpensive. There’s really no excuse to not have a site in this day and age.
My goal is to help you find the right website platform for you and your business so that you can quit stressing and get designing! I’ll be breaking down the most popular website platforms, sharing the pros and cons, and explaining which is best for your needs.
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THE BEST WEBSITE PLATFORMS
WordPress is really the mother of all website platforms. It has more pros than cons compared to other options and is perfect for anyone who wants to take their business seriously. It’s also the best platform if you’re looking to start a blog.
Just to be clear, we’re talking about WordPress.org. NOT WordPress.com. They may sound like they’d be similar, but they’re not.
With WordPress.org you own your site, have a custom domain, and can customize your site with plugins. So when I reference WordPress, I’m talking about the self-hosted website platform WordPress.org.
- You can supercharge your site with plugins. Plugins allow you to add a large variety of features to your site, making it very customizable. For instance, if you want to add a bar to the top of your website announcing a new service, you can add a plugin to do this.
- It has a higher SEO ranking than other website builders. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and will help you to increase your website traffic. You can also add SEO plugins like Yoast SEO to help you improve your SEO even more.
- YOU own your site. You aren’t relying on a website builder staying in business. You own the site and can switch hosting providers as you like.
- You can customize the crap out of it. If you’re a creative person and you have a certain vision of what you’re site will look like, you’ll want to choose WordPress and a drag & drop editor like Divi, Beaver Builder, or Elementor, or purchase a theme from Bluchic (they are based on Elementor).
- You have to be good about updating your themes and plugins regularly. This will keep your site secure and running smoothly. It’s not a big deal, it’s just a little maintenance that you have to do.
- Sometimes themes and plugins will clash and not work properly on your site (or cause it to “break”). This is fixable, but when you do any updates, check your site to make sure everything looks good before running off.
- You might run into tech issues that you have to fix yourself. Since you own your site, you’re responsible for fixing any tech issues. The good news is, normally it can be fixed by contacting your hosting provider. Which is one reason why you need a kick-butt provider like SiteGround.
- It’s your responsibility to make your site secure. There are some best practices you need to follow, such as using a unique login and password, not sharing your login details with ANYONE, and adding a security plugin like Wordfence.
Want step-by-step instructions on how to purchase hosting, install WordPress, and connect your domain? The Introvert VA Club has a WordPress training that will show you just that!
Squarespace, Wix, Strikingly, or Weebly
If you know WordPress isn’t for you, congrats…you’ve narrowed down your choices a bit!
If you want something easy to set up and maintain, I recommend Squarespace, Wix, Strikingly, or Weebly. They are all basically the same – you choose a template and design your site. You don’t have plugins and you don’t need to mess with hosting or updating your site.
Out of all four, Squarespace is the most popular.
- Easy to set up if you’re in a hurry. If you don’t have time to build a site and you need one like, yesterday, these website builders will be the quickest way to get yours up and going.
- They have beautiful, modern templates. You can simply add your photos, graphics, and copy and have a site in about a day.
- You don’t own your site. If something happens and one of these companies closes down, you’ll need to rebuild your site elsewhere. It’s likely not going to happen, but it’s a possibility.
- Not the best for blogging. These website builders don’t have the SEO tools that WordPress has. If you want to have a successful blog, website builders might not be for you.
- You are limited by what the platform offers. You can only do so much customizing which can be very frustrating when you want something specific but it’s not available.
Now that you know your options, what did you choose?
Still can’t decide? Sign up for some free trials and give them a whirl. You’ll likely learn right away which platform is the one for you.
For instance, Wix is easy to use, but I feel very limited by what I can do. I need to have a site that gives me the ability to change the look whenever I want. Which is why I chose WordPress and Divi.
No matter which way you go, remember you can always change your mind. Choose the best platform for you and your needs now and run with it.