Ok so I'm a rookie. Remember the only dumb question is the one that goes unasked.
Authors, bloggers, countrymen...
Where is the best place for me to construct and run my website.
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I suggest you try blogger, its much easier and its utterly free. No paid add-ons, no special subscriptions- just the whole thing. And you get it for free. The majority of book bloggers use Blogger, including some very famous authors, such as Rick Riordan. I use blogger myself, and I am greatly enjoying it; See http://editorsarticle.blogspot.ca/
Blogger has an easy to use system that won't take more than 3 weeks to learn. (if you haven't used any other website services before) It is run by Google, so its quite trustworthy. Setting up a www.blogger.com blog is very simple and takes only few minuets. ( I suggest thinking up a good blog name before creating). Choose the right template and its all done! (templates can be changed)
lets compare! blogger lets you have:
Number of Blogs: You can have up to 100 blogs per account.
Number of Posts: There is no limit on the number of posts you can have on one blog. They will all be saved on your account (unless you manually delete them) regardless of whether you are publishing archives or not.
Size of Posts: Individual posts do not have a specific size limit, but very large posts may run you up against the page size limit. (See the next item.)
Size of Pages: Individual pages (the main page of your blog, or your archive pages) are limited to 1 MB in size. This will allow for a few hundred pages of text, but it may be a problem if you are listing hundreds of posts on the front page of your blog. If you hit this limit, you will see an error message saying "006 Please contact Blogger Support." You can get around this error by lowering the number of posts on your main page, which will have the added benefit of making your page load faster as well.
Number of Comments: A post can have any number of comments. As with archived posts, if you choose to hide comments on your blog, all pre-existing comments will remain saved on your account.
Number of Pictures: Up to 1 GB of total storage, shared with Picasa Web
Size of Pictures: If you are posting pictures through Blogger Mobile there is a limit of 250K per picture.
Team Members: There is a limit of 100 members per blog.
Number of Labels: Up to 2000 unique labels per blog and 20 per post.
Blog Description: Limited to 500 characters, with no HTML. Adding additional characters or HTML may cause it to revert to a previous setting.
"About Me" Profile Information: Maximum of 1,200 characters.
Profile Interests and Favorites: Maximum of 2,000 characters in each field.
Weebly lets you have:
|Number of Pages||15 pages||40 pages||Unlimited pages|
|Storage Space||500 MB||2 GB||10 GB|
|Features||All features||All features||All features|
Yikes! weebly makes you pay a hefty fee! while blogger is absolutely free!
(Sorry, couldn't resist blogger rhyme) Hope it helps!
If you need a "bigger" website there are many good hosting serveries around. I have used both Just Host and Dream Host.
I do recommend for software that you use WordPress (software) which is different than the blogging site listed above. www.wordpress.org. Most Host site have one click simple installs of this software. You can have a site up and running in a short time.
Beyond that I would need more information on what what kind of site you are trying to build.
Hope that helps.
WordPress blog and site setups are part of what I do for a living, so I'm biased in favor of WordPress, but...
Your best free option is probably Blogger, although if you're thinking of self-hosting or buying a domain, I'd recommend WordPress and hiring me ;)
WordPress.com is a good option, but according to some it's more difficult to learn. I found it simple and intuitive from day 1 and can't understand this, but I've seen enough to believe that some people sincerely find it difficult. I've gone so far as to purchase a package of 17 tutorial videos I now give to all of my clients.
Weebly, wix, and others are too profit-focused to be economical, as well as trying to sneakily lock you in so they can squeeze a profit out of you eternally. Personally I hate their guts.
Blogger and WordPress.com, on the other hand, are largely user-driven, and supported by huge communities of both users and coders for free. The Open Source community drives both to a large extent, and the philosophy of Open Source dictates that it's wrong to charge for software but okay to charge for a service - this seeps into the business practices of both, although Blogger is more profit-oriented since being bought out by Google, Google can't afford to be seen as breaking their "don't be evil" corporate philosophy, so it's still pretty open.
I'm a fan of Wordpress. I've used Blogger and Tumblr as well and have found Wordpress meets my needs the best.
I use Blogger as well, and find it quite user-friendly. I've not used Wordpress, though, so I can't give a comparison. I've seen very nice blogs using both formats. Best of luck & happy holidays!
Actually a blog seems to work best for authors. A hosting site like "Go Daddy" claims they will host your site for $10 per year but after you go through many hours of designing your site and try to post it, they want money for this, then money for that. Your $10 site soon becomes a $160 site. Then when you go to renew next year it is even more expensive. Website hosting is a fraud and soon will be obsolete. Your best bet is a blog. They are much more "user friendly" and FREE. Even huge entities like Home Depot will soon be switching to blogs if they haven't already.
I would rather use blogger which is what I'm doing. I think that with Google behind it, it helps get it seen online more and I get hits all the time from all over the world as will as those following me. I just think that its really up to you on what you want to use, but it doesn't hurt to try different things to find out what works out best for you.
Hands-down Wix.com especially if you pay them to host. I am in the process of starting a higher-level site there. I have several blogs on blogger.com. However, wix.com has awesome hosting services and your website/blog will look extremely polished if you use Wix. They so have a free version but there is a huge banner at the bottom. My husband uses their paid service for his Photography business and it looks like he paid someone over a thousand dollars to do his site. Wix is user-friendly and just plain awesome!
With blogger you don't have to pay, plus there's no branding on your website.
http://btemplates.com/ has some extra blogger templates. I've tried some of them and they do look professional.