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5 Tools to Create a Professional Website for Free

5 Tools to Create a Professional Website for Free

Most people would agree that creating a professional website either requires a lot of coding or a lot of money. However, with the emergence of website builders, you don’t need both. In fact, with the help of these tools, you can now create your own professional website without having to spend a single dime. In this post, I will share some of the most efficient website builders you can use to create your dream site – for free!

1. WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the number one platform for creating websites. It powers 25% of all websites today or more than 80 million blogs worldwide. The reason I like WordPress is because 1. it’s highly customizable and 2. it offers plenty of useful features like options to choose a personalized theme and the ability to increase the website’s functionality using plugins.

WordPress also offers a comment section and a feedback form which helps a lot when you want more reader engagement. On WordPress, I can browse through other people blogs and grow my network as I comment on other posts. WordPress is free but you can always change your domain name for a price so that it doesn’t read “yourbusinessname.wordpress.com”.

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2. Blogger

Blogger, like WordPress, is another popular blogging site which can be used to create a professional website. When I first started a blog back in high school, I used Blogger. With Blogger, you can easily customize your website by using widgets and short codes.

Unlike other websites, blogger is hosted by Google, so you basically get your own space on the internet which is inside Google’s servers (so no need to pay for your own hosting). If you want a custom domain (without a blogspot.com after your site name) you only have to go to Settings and add a custom domain function under blog address.

If you’re looking to earn some cash, you can also monetize your website in Blogger using Google Ad sense. You may think this is easy, but it requires a lot of knowledge in internet marketing. Blogger is best used for niche-focused websites and for people who want to try their hands at blogging.

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3. Tumblr

Tumblr is known for its ability to post multimedia content on its platform. It is a great place to start a personal blog or create your online portfolio. It is also known as the website for the artsy and creative posters. For the people with creative jobs – illustrator, graphic designer, photographer. And I must say it is the trendiest looking blogging site of all. You can use Tumblr to host a media rich website filled with content you and your followers love.

The best part about Tumblr is that when you like other websites, they will appear in your dashboard and you can re-blog them or share it with the community. This feature not only helps in promoting other good websites, you also get exposure to the community.

4. Weebly

If you are an artist and want a professional website that looks awesome, Weebly is the platform for you. Weebly offers aesthetically pleasing responsive designs that work well on laptops and hand-held devices alike. An average person who doesn’t have much understanding of coding can build a beautiful website in Weebly. I created my own website here in less than 30 minutes.

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Weebly is one of the best e-commerce website builders for small business owners. Aside from DIY web building features, Weebly also offers the option to download the website code so that you can keep the formatting if you choose to move to a different platform.

5. Wix

Like Weebly, Wix is another free website builder that can be used to create neat looking websites without the need to learn to code. The themes on Wix are all responsive and they all look great on various devices. Despite being a free site builder, Wix themes doesn’t look cheap and outdated. It is one of the few site builders that offer a *really good* looking website for free.

Recommended for self-employed artists and entrepreneurs, Wix is a great site builder for musicians, artists, and writers who want to showcase their talent and share it with the world. You can create beautiful portfolios that will certainly resonate with potential clients and customers. And the best part – all this can be done for free!

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Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand

Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand

We live in a world where brands surround us. We recognize companies through their logo designs rather than their service or products. Our philosophy is that if it’s a brand, it means it’s good. Why? Because it’s known and recognized by all. Youngsters prefer to wear Nike or Reebok footwear, even if there are the same designs in local companies, just because they will be easily recognized as branded by their friends and family.

A logo is a statement of a business or a company and a sign of individuality, which distinguishes one brand from another. Even a child would recognize the M of the McDonalds, even from far away. The people use the logo to associate with the brand or the company. Creating and setting up a business is easy, but making it a brand is difficult. To make your business a brand, the most important thing is to create an eye-catching logo design.

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One must think that how difficult would it be to create a catchy logo? It is a major task.

There is a lot of work that goes into the making of the perfect logo, which is a recognizing factor for people. Here are some of the tips that will help you in creating a logo design that will make your business a brand.

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Gauge the Market

Study your business or company and see the competitor company’s logo designs. Know the business in and out and write down all the important points and use them to create a related logo design.

Research

Conduct research about the client and customers and the target market. What is the business about? If the products cater to children then create a colorful and lively logo, while if it is for corporate parties, then create a formal and attractive logo.

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Link It

Whatever logo you design, keep in mind that it should relate to the company and the nature of business. The logo is used to recognize the brand, so it should have connections with the company’s history and future.

Use Resources

There are some applications available for you to download and create a perfect logo. You can use the variety of samples and tweak it a bit to your liking by changing the colors or font.

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Font and Colors

Always make sure to use bold and striking colors. Study the color therapy and what affect each color has on the onlookers. Choose bright colors for an attractive and appealing logo design. Use creative fonts so that it instantly hooks up the customers.

Customize

Learn Photoshop, Adobe, and Illustrator for that eye-catching logo design. Create a customized logo design with abstracts and images, or choose a picture. You can also make use of solid shapes or go with a flow and retro design. A tagline or your company name or your name initials can also be a logo design. Just incorporate it in a unique way, so it stands out from the others.

The logo is a signature of your brand; it is one of the company’s most valuable assets. A well-designed logo is the one that exposes your business and communicates your message to the public.  Designing an eye-catching logo is not that simple as it sounds; it demands a lot of creative imagination and out of box thinking.  Whatever logo you design, ask your friends and family to view and ask them their suggestions and change and set it accordingly, as they represent the public. A well-designed logo should represent the true and perfect image of a company to the people. Make sure your logo design represents your brand and has striking effects.

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