Your website platform will be the company that will register, host, and provide a website builder (the place where you build the site). Today there are many companies that provide this service. The one I use for my own website and recommend to clients is Weebly. Weebly is one of the few companies that allow full access to the website code. What this means is that almost any change that may need to be made can be done in the coding. If you do not have access to the code you can only change a limited number of design elements (those that the platform chooses). Weebly is also very user friendly so it is great for clients who would like to learn how to edit or update their own sites. I will also design on Squarespace if a client prefers. Squarespace is known for it's clean, simple designs but this can be easily duplicated on the Weebly platform. Most of the
A Note About Fees All platforms generally have a tiered pricing structure for hosting the website and a website registration fee. Both of these fees are usually billed annually. I recommend at least the first tier without any ads. On Weebly this is the Professional tier. Here is a link to Weebly's pricing tiers and each tiers features.
My Preference is Backed Up Yes, I receive a credit for each referral I send to Weebly but here are three other articles that back-up my Weebly preference: Website Tool Tester
Weebly has a fairly straightforward signup process. This may seem scary but below is a clear set of directions. I am also just a phone call away! (914) 707-3642 I find it best for my clients do go through this process since you will need to fill in all of your billing information but I can also do this for you will full billing and credit card information. Another note: Weebly has joined forces with Square UP (not to be confused with Squarespace) so you will see branding for both along the way.
1. Use this link to receive a 10% discount on your first year: https://www.weebly.com/r/MUXK8E. Weebly just merged with Square up so it will direct you to make an account through Square up. They just changed this whole sign up process so I don't know the order of things as well as I used to. After you make an account they should ask you to pick a payment level. Just keep in mind that the free version does not support your own domain name so I would choose anything above that. The personal level should give you everything you need right now. Next you should get to the web building platform. Somewhere on that page it should say connect a domain or buy a domain (it may be a pop-up window) follow that prompt and it should take you through the whole domain registration process and will be automatically linked to your Square up/Weebly account. Generally .com's are the best and most widely used. Most artists and authors use their full names as this will help the site come up at the top for web searches for your name.
After you get through the registration you will need to either send me your login info or add me as an editor. To add me as an editor go to the main home screen. Click the edit website button near the top right part of the webpage. On the next page click settings in the top menu bar. Click editors in the left menu bar. Click the blue add editor button in top right corner. You will want to use my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The admin permission should be the only option you can click at the personal tier level and it is the access I need to be able to get to all the design elements. Adding an editor can be a little tricky. I can also login to your account, create the editor access, and then you can change your password.