If you are most people who need a website or desire a website, you’ve checked out the pricing and decided that it may be more economically feasible to build your own website. The drawback is; you don’t know HTML, CSS, Java script or any of the other coding languages. Well guess what? I’ve got some good news for you! I’m about to introduce you to one of the most powerful website builders on the market. Oh, and by the way, the less you know about techie stuff, the better!
Why The Right Website Builder Is Better Than Paying a Web Designer – If you’ve looked at what it costs to have a web designer build a website for you, then you probably know what it’s like to experience sticker shock. A professional 12 page website is going to cost around $1200.00. That’s not including a shopping cart or any special scripts such as an e-mail opt-in script that captures e-mail addresses.
Most web designers charge around $250.00 to add a basic shopping cart and charge around $150.00 or so to install a e-mail opt-in script. If you want to add additional pages or make changes to your current pages, you can expect to pay anywhere from $20.00 to $100.00 per page. So here is the breakdown for a twelve page website….
$1200.00 for the website
$ 250.00 for the shopping cart
$ 150.00 for the opt-in script
The total cost for ONE website: $1600.00!
As you can see, this isn’t the option for an Internet marketer who plans to build numerous websites and neither is it the option for someone who is trying to keep costs to a minimum.
When I first decided to get into online marketing back in 2005, I had no idea what the business was going to entail or require. All I knew was that people were making money online and my dream was to join them. My journey started by paying a web designer $1600.00 to build my first website. He worked on it for approximately six weeks and it still didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. He got color scheme right, but the header was unprofessional and the overall site looked like it was designed by a third grader. Later on, I discovered that he didn’t design the websites in the portfolio he presented to potential clients. But by that time, I had already made a $600 partial payment and he was wanting the balance.
I paid a second web designer a $300.00 partial payment to get started and got essentially the same results.
It became apparent that if I kept on this path, I would never make money online and could actually go broke! That’s when I decided to go (DIY) Do It Yourself. That journey took me down a long arduous road filled with more disappointments and more lost money. Here’s a quick run down of my trek before I got to the website builder that worked.
*Looked at Dreamweaver and QuarkXPress, but the drawbacks were the pricing and the steep learning curve. Quark costs just a little over a thousand dollars. Of course you can build some stunning looking websites once you learn the software, but I know about hundreds of stunning looking websites that get ZERO traffic every MONTH!
*Bought a website builder called KSEO and inherited nothing but a bunch of headaches. Installing the software was a hassle and using it was almost like trying to drink lemonade when you have a sensitive toothache.
*Almost bought the Site Builder, website builder, but decided against it after learning I would have to pay an additional $300.00 per website, per year. My game plan was to own over 500 money making websites; which meant that Site Builder was not an option.
After, KSEO, I ended up buying BlueVoda, Ewisoft, SiteCube and four other website builders and got nowhere fast. My wife was getting a little antsy and our kids thought their normally smart dad was chasing ghosts with their summer cash fund.
You’re probably asking, “Why did you go through so many website builders?” The answer is simple; I have no training, no experience and no knowledge in coding HTML, CSS, or Java script. Therefore, I had to find a software package that gave me the power to build professional looking websites without being a professional web designer.
My search came to a pleasant end the day a friend and fellow Internet marketer revealed his secret; he had built around eighteen sharp looking websites, all using the website builder XSitePro! His sites were just what I had been looking to design. After downloading the XSitePro, it took me a total of thirteen hours to build and launch my first fully-fledged ten page website! The great part is; it had all the features I would have paid hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars for.
Here’s the kicker, with just the click a few buttons I can add or change a header, change the total layout of the site, add videos, PayPal shopping cart, audio, e-mail opt-in form, a sitemap and even a RSS feed.