I’ve just been asked for advice on the best way for a non-IT professional (a newly freelance architect) to get a low-cost web presence. I’m still exploring what it’s for.
My first thought was to register a domain name and get a WordPress blog as I did myself but then I remembered that I still haven’t got andywootton.com to hide andywootton.wordpress.com. I hadn’t worried unduly because this was intended eventually to be replaced by my own web site with a blog sub-domain mapped over to WordPress.
I’ve just discovered that it costs $13 p.a. to map an existing domain onto Wordpress.com and I’m wondering if a new business might be best biting the bullet and going straight to a cloud-hosted web site. As this is something I know I ought to be doing soon, to have my own web site to play with, I thought I’d ask what advice you webbish experts would offer. What is the best way to get started, if you don’t want to rely on off-the-shelf services with their recognisable styles? Aesthetics probably matter more to an architect trying to establish a reputation than they do to me but we both want low cost because no-one is paying us to do this .