Website Building & Hosting
Divi by Elegant Themes (for WordPress)*
The Divi theme and Divi builder created by Elegant Themes basically saved me from throwing my computer out a window when I first started building this very site on WordPress. As a designer who likes creating things visually and intuitively moreso than with code and somewhat complicated website backends, the Divi builder saved the day.
You can build a WordPress site in many ways, and that’s what makes the platform great with its flexibility and never-ending options to create a website. However, if you are like me and are coming over from a web building platform like Wix, Squarespace, or any of the others out there, it feels like a whole different world trying to build on WordPress as it just felt much more complicated to understand at first (and I consider myself relatively tech-savvy).
This theme and builder have made WordPress much more enjoyable to work with, and the theme is often updated with new features to help you enhance and create your site for yourself or your clients. I’m a big fan of this theme and builder.
WIX is one of the leading website builders in the world with over 160 million users worldwide (according to WIX). When I first started creating websites for myself a couple years ago, WIX was the platform I went with. With its flexible and very intuitive user interface, drag-and-drop web builder, and 500+ designed templates to get you started, its easy to see why its crazy-popular.
Though it is going to have some limitations in terms of overall flexibility with what you can integrate on your site (you’re limited to the apps on the WIX marketplace, which is very robust though), whether you’re running a restaurant, coaching business, or looking to get your music online, WIX has developed many site templates and applications to cater to different industries.
If you’re looking to work on a platform that is easy to work with and will get you online very quickly with less hassle, this is definitely one of my favorite platforms.
Other Notable Website Platforms & Builders
Before moving over to WordPress, I wasn’t “up to snuff” on how all the web hosting, themes, platforms, etc worked together since I was used to being on an all-in-one platform with WIX. However, getting involved with WordPress requires setting everything up from scratch, which includes finding and choosing a solid web host. With thousands of options available for hosting providers, I didn’t know where to start.
In the end, I ended up choosing Flywheel, which is a managed WordPress hosting solution. Compared to shared hosting options where you’ll have to deal with more maintenance, potentially less security, and sharing servers with other websites, managed hosting takes care of a lot more of the background tasks in comparison to shared hosting options/providers. Shared hosting is less expensive and a decent option if on a tight budget, but if you can afford a little extra, I think the benefits of having a managed hosting provider such as Flywheel definitely brings great benefits.
The biggest benefit? Less to think about! With automatic WordPress updates, daily back-ups, an easy-to-use interface, and fantastic customer service, I’ve been extremely happy with Flywheel since the beginning. Whether you’re hosting your own site, or building websites and hosting for clients, Flywheel is a fantastic host I would highly consider.
Other Notable WordPress Website Hosting Services
Web Domain Registrars
Though I don’t use Namecheap for website hosting, I do use them as my domain registrar. With some great pricing for domains (less expensive than GoDaddy for most of the comparable registrations and yearly renewals), this felt like the best way for me to go. They also offer other services such as private email hosting and website hosting.
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