I’ve been indulging in a little procrastination. For a workshop on personal online branding I’ve been looking at site builders that do the job - a one-pager or portfolio, say - without the tech headache.
The obvious start point is Wordpress: Do the training with a free Wordpress.com
site then explain the £3 per month upgrade
to add a personal domain; or how to buy a hosting package, install Wordpress, find a theme, add plugins and get building.
If you like a challenge or have used Wordpress in the past, the latter option, with endless flexibility, is hard to beat. But not everyone wants to go to that trouble. Wordpress.com itself isn’t fault free, with too many underwhelming free themes and customisation options that change with the template.
It’s one of the reasons Wix
, a one-stop shop for any level of site, and almost any pocket, has rightly become so popular. But even Wix has a learning curve.
So I’ve been asking: How simple can a site builder be?
This is a smart, single-page site builder, free for all core functions. If all you need is an online calling card, simple portfolio or event landing page, Carrd is great. The upgrade costs a whopping $19 a year to connect a custom domain and include forms, embeds, Stripe payments and more.