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Options to create websites

There are alternatives to websites you can use to put your business online and avoid spending thousands of dollars.

You may be thinking, are you crazy? Are you trying to convince me to not buy your services?

Not at all, I only want to put all the cards on the table and give you all the options for websites creation. I feel I can be a better digital marketing consultant if I give you all the information for you to make the best choice for your business.

Also make sure to read this guide on how to create an online website for your business.

List of alternatives to create a website

Here’s a list with the alternatives to create websites for your business. They’re organized by categories as I explained them in this post and I plan to update this list regularly to keep it relevant. I will also add more details of what each website is in future posts.

Some of these are free, and others offer a free trial only, but will definitely make a difference putting your business out there and save you money.

You’ll be able to create different kinds of websites for different purposes. So let’s start with the basics, and explain the types of websites you can use for your business.

Alternatives to websites

Let’s start with the basics.

In simple terms, a website is a network of web pages connected thru links that serve information to your devices. They’re hosted in a server and with a domain name, users can access it.

In the beginning of the internet, a website was something simple, but with the passing of years and as new web technologies emerged, also new sub-categories and names for websites were created:

  • Social media pages
  • Landing page
  • Lead capture page
  • E-commerce site
  • Blogs

– What? These are not websites!

Yes, they are, let me explain.

Social media

Social media accounts are a great way to connect to your existing network and grow it with new contacts too. But you are limited on how you present your company.

You can’t change colors or the layout, fonts or rearrange the presentation and customize it according to your branding. The most you can do is upload your logo and add your company information. After that, you can start updating it as often as you want and this way, connect to an audience.

If you don’t have a budget yet to expand your online presence, social media accounts are a great way to start promoting your business. Some of them even have e-commerce capabilities so you can upload your products and accept online payments.

Social media platforms

Social media Facebook
Social media Instagram
Social media Linkedin
Social media TikTok
Social media Twitter
Social media Alignable

Too basic for your business? Let’s keep going then.

Landing pages

Web designers can refer to a landing page as a single unit, a web page inside a website which contains multiple pages, or multiple landing pages for different products, services or branches of the company.

But, it can also be a website which is only made of one single page, also known as a “one-pager”, on which we organize and present all the company information in a single web page, and most of the time web use a call to action (CTA) to make the user send their information or buy the product.

Landing pages creators allow more flexibility and versatility, and they’re more cost accessible than a custom web developer.

Landing page creator Carrd
Landing page creator Hubspot
Landing page creator Unbounce
Landing page creator Getresponse
Landing page creator Leadpages
Landing page creator Instapage
Landing page creator Landingi

Lead capture pages

These can be the same as the landing pages, but serve a more particular purpose: when you want the visitors to leave their information for you to follow up, or to grow an email marketing list.

Yes, you can have landing pages without a lead capture form, or a lead capture page in a multiple-page website, or in a single-page website. Why? because if you have a multi-page website, each individual page can have different purposes, and you can redirect your visitors to each page depending on what you want them to do, or what they’re looking to do.

Sometimes you only want to sell your products, and that’s the next type of website: e-commerce sites.

Leads capture Optinmonster
Leads capture Sumo

E-commerce

If selling products is your business, there are multiple platforms ready for you to upload your products and promote them to users ready to buy such as Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp or Ebay.

These apps are ready to use and there are pros and cons. But to start selling ASAP this is as simple as it gets. You just have to create an account, list your products, and wait for customers to ask or buy from you.

If you’re looking for flexibility to create your own e-store, being able to choose colors, and layout according to your branding, and more options, check the table at the end of this article to see the e-commerce platforms I found.

E-commerce app Etsy
E-commerce app Ebay
E-commerce app FB Market
E-commerce app OfferUp
E-commerce app Craigslist
E-commerce platform Bigcommerce
E-commerce platform Shopify
E-commerce platform Shift4shop
E-commerce platform Woocommerce
E-commerce platform Volusion
E-commerce platform Weebly
E-commerce platform Wix
E-commerce platform Squarespace

Online selling platforms

Blogs

A blog is another way to have your company website in a simple way. Blogs were created to have a tool to add information to a website in an easy way and keep the entries like in a journal.

The most popular tool that started as a blog tool is WordPress, then it evolved into a website creation platform and framework.

Nowadays there are websites that offer you the possibility to create a blog so you can add articles, news or just the information of your company, like a resume or presentation. And the best thing is most of these blog creation tools are free!

Blogging Blogger
Blogging Medium
Blogging Blogstatic

Online website creation tools

If the tools I’ve mentioned are not enough for your company and you still need to create a website, there are new tools coming up everyday that allow users to create one without any design or coding knowledge.

Website builders are the most similar to what a web designer or developer can create. Even some of us have worked with these builders.

The web builders allow you to start by choosing a template and then modifying colors, layouts and content to adapt it to your needs.

Website builder Google Sites
Website builder Constant Contact
Website builder Jimdo
Website builder Potion
Website builder Webflow
Website builder Typedream
Website builder Weebly
Website builder Wix
Website builder Squarespace

So, do I have to pay a web designer to create my company website?

The short answer is… no. You can start by using any of these options and then scale up when your company grows.

The long answer is, it depends on what your business needs.

Let’s be honest, you are trying to become the best in your industry and sometimes doing everything in your company is not the best way to accomplish it.

What I recommend you is to consult with an expert and talk about your goals, but don’t go to a sales person (they will always try to sell you something). Talk to an experienced digital marketer or web developer and be clear about your expectations. An experienced consultant will be able to recognize your needs and recommend the best course of action for you in less than 15 minutes.

If at the end of your analysis you decide you need a customized website or custom web solution, then I’ll be able to help. Contact me for a consultation and an estimate.

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