December 6, 2020
To begin, let’s define what a website platform is first. A website platform essentially, is what your website is built on.
But there are so many options out there, how do we choose?
Here’s the number one question to ask yourself when choosing your website platform:
1. What do you want to do with your website?
Are you going to sell a product?
Display a service?
Document your work?
The second question you need to ask yourself is this (and you have to be straight-up honest about this):
2. How comfortable are you when it comes to the technical stuff?
Seriously, building a website takes some technical skills. And some of the platforms out there will require you to show your technical skills off. But don’t worry, there are also platforms that are more friendly to people like us. (You guys, we all got to start from zero and work our way up. I’m glad to say I have climbed up, and I am still continually climbing. There’s no end to learning – especially when it comes to the ever evolving technology.)
3. How important is support to you?
There is always a way to find help when we need assistance getting around the platform. The reality though, is that some platforms have stronger support system compared to others. Now if you’re like me who values support and community, then it’ll be one of the deciding point for you.
All right. Those were three questions to help guide you in your decision process as you choose which website platform suit your needs best. You can definitely come up with more questions, but I’ll leave that to you.
We’re not quite done yet. I’d like to give you a head start in your quest!
Here are some website platforms (for example’s sake):
- WordPress.org offers so many options and plugins including but not limited to being able to sell products, create an online course, or have your own travel blog. Yep. It’s one of the most popular website builder platforms out there. In fact, almost 40% of all websites are powered by WordPress. I’m not going to start listing down specific pros and cons here. I’ll leave it to you as an assignment.
Phew! Well, of course!
- To sell products, have a look at Shopify: it’s a flexible e-commerce platform that can range from a template-based design/functionality to a completely customized selling platform.
- Website platforms such as Weebly or Squarespace allow users to design and build websites in a visual editor that make it accessible also for those who don’t have a degree in IT 😉. But are quite limited in terms of design options.
Now I bet you’re curious.
I chose to work with Showit. It’s a website builder that gives you so much freedom in terms of design that you can create whatever you want! But the best thing about it is you’ve got THE BEST support team!
(Did I sound too excited? Oops. I was totally biased for a sec. haha)
But really, Showit has a community of amazing people who help each other grow and learn. You’ll not only have a beautiful and effective website, but also a team to cheer you on and share best practices to stay on top of the competition.
I’ll elaborate more about the advantages of Showit in another blog post. Stay updated!
Those mentioned are just few of the many options out there. So, before you decide what website builder platform to use, make sure you do your homework of researching which one’s the best for you and your business.
Oh yes, you can always talk to experts (like me! Shameless plug! haha) to save yourself from all that stress.
At the end of the day, it will still be up to you.
I just hope that when you do need assistance, you will remember that I’m here to help. TOTALLY! Just reach out to me and I’ll be happy to jump on a call with you to find out how exactly I can be of help.
Feel free to get in touch anytime!