Step #7 of Ten
When considering what is a free website you should also be including a hosting package. Without a hosting package, your site will never be seen online by others. Your free website is a place where you can have creative content, images, multimedia with links to take your visitors to the areas you choose.
When you build a site, it will have a purpose to accomplish something for your readers.
A free website could be used for:
- Writers and Bloggers
- Business Professionals
- Online Marketers
- Niche Marketing
- Artists of all types
- Home Workers
- Anyone Wanting Extra or Full-time Income
The important thing to remember with a free website is knowing what the limitations are as some companies do not allow for business operations without upgrading. The one which I recommend does enable you to benefit from all of the followings which some other packages with other companies may not.
Free website and hosting benefits:
- Get your free website and hosting no time limits
- You receive a free sub-domain with your account
- Maintenance and support
- Thousands of extra plugins
- Wide variety of themes and templates
- Mobile device friendly
- Allowed to monetize
Free Website Limitations
All packages across the Internet do have limitations on them. What matters most is what your actual application for having a website will be. An example would be if you decided that having a website to showcase an online scrapbooking collection. You would be able to password protect your site and only have friends and family from around the world to view your content.
In either case, some free website packages allow the first site for free but not the second and there are other providers like the one I’m with that will allow both options free of charge for as long as you like.
You need to know what is available to you as a free option. What the upgrade consists of, if it’s one or more that they may offer and what the cost will be. Free is great when it provides you with all that you need! But if your circumstances were to change, does the current provider have what you’ll need for future development.
Another example would be:
With a free website that you get to keep for zero dollars, you will be using a sub-domain with hosting supplied by the provider. When you see about generating traffic to your site, the sub-domain name does not rank as well as an appropriately chosen domain name.
In Step #9 you will see how this all correlates when choosing keywords for getting traffic to your site. An actual domain name can be chosen for existing traffic already in place. For your free website to have a domain name for a faster and more popular online presence will mean you will most likely need to upgrade.
Can a Free Website be Successful?
- Main traffic is generated by pages/posts with no real reliance on sub-domain name
- Social media still works out the same
- Most chosen marketing concepts work
- Some places do not allow sub-domains
- Working with limited support without upgrading
- Spend a lot of extra time surfing the net for answers
You can build a successful online presence with a free package but it will take considerable, extra time to make it happen. Free will only get you so far and you will need to be able to learn and keep up to date with all the changes happening around you to attempt to become successful.
In the final Step #10 when you’ll be able to see the laid out options to what you can expect with starting an online business, I will explain the procedures I took and why and what the possible differences would be if I chose other options. From there you will be able to decide for yourself what works best for you. So from answering the question What is a free website? it’s now time to check out Step #8.