Website Building FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Website Building

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What is a website builder?

A website builder is a tool that allows users to create and customize their own websites for business or personal use. No HTML coding knowledge is required to use a website builder, as these services provide ready-to-use templates that are fully customizable.

How do I know how many pages I need for my website?

It depends on the type of website you're creating. If you're building a simple website, for something such as an announcement, a single-page website would be sufficient. If you're building a website for a business, such as a restaurant, you may want multiple pages for things like home, menu and a contact or about us page.

What is a domain?

Your domain is essentially your website's name that appears in the address bar of a web browser. It's a part of your URL, but not the entire URL. For example, NextAdvisor's domain name is nextadvisor.com, and the URL is www.nextadvisor.com. Your domain is important because this is what your website visitors will use to access your site.

Do I need a custom domain?

Not necessarily. There are many website builders that offer free plans or free websites for you to use, so long as their name is listed in your domain (e.g. nextadvisor.wix.com). Custom domains do not contain another company's name in your URL and always cost a monthly or yearly fee to maintain, so it's really a matter of personal preference. Most website builders allow you to connect a pre-existing domain if you have already purchased one with a web host.

Why is storage important?

The amount of storage with website builders dictates the number of photos, audio files and video files you can upload to your website. It's important to pay attention to this number when selecting a website building provider as well as which plan you want to use. In general, the free ones provide less storage than the premium plans.

What is bandwidth and why does it matter?

Your website's bandwidth determines how much data your visitors can view as well as how fast your website functions. It's important to keep this number in mind when selecting a plan or provider for your website building. If you have a high traffic website and expect to get a ton of visitors, you'll want to be sure you have a higher amount of bandwidth to accommodate.

Can I insert my own HTML coding with one of these website builders?

It depends on the website building company you're using. There are some that only allow you to use their pre-made templates with no option to insert your own coding. This is the better route to go for those new to website building, or for those who have little to no previous coding knowledge. But, there are also some website builders that give users the option to insert custom coding. Be wary that inserting your own coding could alter your pre-selected template.

What is SEO?

SEO stands for search engine optimization. This determines how visible your website is on popular search engines websites, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo!

Does my website need to be optimized for mobile?

Making sure your website is mobile-friendly is especially important if you're running a business. Many people use smartphones to access their email and other websites nowadays, so it's crucial to make sure that your site is optimized for mobile and viewable on every type of device. Pay attention to this detail when selecting your website builder; some don't offer mobile optimization at all, and some only offer it with premium plans.

What are password-protected pages? Should I use them when building my website?

Password-protected pages allow you to work with others when building your website. It's a great tool to use for those working on a collaborative project or just to get feedback on how your website looks overall. Only those with the password will be able to either view or edit pages on your website before you make it live.

What is a Favicon?

You may have noticed that when you access certain websites, there's a small picture next to the URL in the address bar; this is a Favicon. Some website builders give you the option to upload a photo or logo to use for your custom Favicon with your website.

Top Website Building

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Bottom line: HTML 5 drag-and-drop editor; free and paid plans; hundreds of templates; highly customizable features in its app market
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Bottom line: Fairly easy to use; not all plans include mobile optimization; standard website building features come at a hefty price tag with this provider

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