The internet presents a tremendous business opportunity whether you are an established small business with a corner store or a young upstart with the next hot idea. Before you can even get started expanding or launching your empire though, you need a professional looking, well-design website. Thankfully, for those who don’t have thousands in the bank for web development, you can create your own website with a do it yourself website creator. There are several do it yourself website creators on the market, but a relatively new service, Webmium, has to be one of the easiest ways to get your business online.
Webmium’s creation process is very streamlined. It only takes a couple of minutes to get started. After clicking “start now” on the home page, you select a template to start with (the template can be changed later without losing your content) and register a new account with your email address and password.
Creating Your Site
Webmium’s editor is a ‘what you see is what you get’ tool, which is just a fancy way of saying that you doing need to be a programmer and you can just drag and drop different elements into website.
Webmium calls these elements you place on your site “pagelets” and there are a variety of them so you can add text, photos, video, google map, contact boxes, social media buttons and more. Webmium also includes slightly more advanced functions so you can add footer codes (e.g., for Google Analytics) and edit each Page’s title and description for better SEO.
The interface is well designed, easy to figure out, and publishing the site is as simple as clicking the “publish” button in the upper right hand corner.
Webmium is a freemium service, which means that most of the service is free, with a few key functions only enabled for users who pay the small monthly subscription. Perhaps this may seem a bit ‘tricky,’ but really this so-called ‘freemium’ model is just a nice way to balance the interest of consumers who want to try something before they buy it and online businesses who want to attract as many users as possible.
Webmium offers email support in English, Spanish and Czech to all its users. ‘Pro’ users receive priority support, which means that Webmium promises a response within 24 hours.
The online resources Webmium provides is one area where Webmium truly sets the standard for the industry. First, there is the in-editor guidance composed of a set of ‘first steps’ to help new users get acquainted with the editor and key steps to creating a website. Finally, there is the Online Marketing Academy which is nicely integrated into the editor with a drop down menu that summarizes all the various articles. The Academy’s articles cover everything from the process of researching and planning your site to ongoing promotions to drive traffic.
Pretty cool service if you want to set up a website quickly. There are other similar services available online but the Webmium editor and their online resources make me choose them and rate them a bit higher.