If you are thinking about setting up a website but don’t have a lot of money to invest, one way to save money is to use WordPress. WordPress is effectively a small content management system, it’s easy to install, there are literally hundreds of quality templates available for it, and best of all its free.
In combination with a shared hosting solution you will be able to maintain a high quality website for less than $100 a year. Your setup costs would be almost non-existent, perhaps $10-$15 for a domain name and a small amount for a site header.
Although WordPress is mostly known as a blogging platform it offers you a choice, you can create static pages or blog entries or both. Its simplicity makes it easy for non-technical types to set up. It’s straightforward to create a web page or update content without having to worry about design issues.
There are many free plug-ins available for WordPress which will allow you to easily set up such things as contact forms, photo galleries and video players. Plug-ins are also available to help you with optimizing your site for the search engines so that as many people as possible will be able to find your site.
All of the major web hosting companies and the majority of smaller ones as well, provide an easy to use script called Fantastico which will allow you to set up WordPress in just a few minutes. Once installed everything else can be done inside the WordPress interface. Adding content, images, plug-ins etc. is as simple as pushing a few buttons.
For hobby or personal interest websites, it’s possible to set up a web page for free on a subdomain of WordPress.com rather than using a commercial web host. This means you can set up a site at absolutely no cost to yourself. However this is not really suitable for a business website as it limits your possibilities for expansion and has a number of restrictions which may clash with commercial interest.
If you want to set up a website for your small business but don’t have much money to invest then perhaps you should do it yourself with WordPress.