I’ve been designing websites for a long time. The only thing I’ve done longer is be a wife, a mom, and have a deep love-hate relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The number one issue that new entrepreneurs have with starting their website is the cost. It’s not cheap to have a custom-designed website. And the thing about people like you and me is…what we are doing today, right now, even this month…is very unlikely what we will be doing in 5 years. Which makes it ever harder to drop a chunk of change on a website.

The catch-22 of this is that you absolutely, without a doubt need a website.

And Wix seems like a good option…doesn’t it?

On the surface, the answer is yes. It does seem like a good option. In actuality, it isn’t. And I’m going to fill you in on why.

#1 Free isn’t Free.

Wix likes to market their super easy interface as being free. But the fact of the matter is this – it’s only free if you use their most basic templates, no add-ons, and you are fine with using the domain they make for you.

Like this: https://amanda53213.wixsite.com/akrill

I’ll just go ahead and tell you – this is not an appropriate business url. Your url can be whatever you want it to be – but to have wixsite.com in there is equal to using @aol.com as your email. Don’t do it.

So, you can buy a domain through Wix, or you can get one somewhere else can connect it – and that’s where they start charging you.

If you already have your domain – it’s $5 a month to make that your url. 

OR, if you buy it via Wix, it’s $14.95 a year.

This. Is. Highway. Robbery.

You can get the same domain at GoDaddy for $11.99, and with the promo codes that are always floating around, usually less.

Even with this most basic $5 plan, you still get the crappy Wix ads – which is the other problem I have with them.

Unless you pay a minimum of $10 a month, you will have the ads. Even with your own domain.

I shouldn’t have to tell you why you don’t want someone else’s ads on your website.

So, what are the other options?

There are many.

Squarespace is one. They have a similar pricing structure to Wix, but if you pay for a full year, you get a free domain. (not worth it)

Here’s what I’d suggest….

Buy your domain somewhere cheap. Doesn’t matter where. This is not something that should cost a lot of money, unless it’s a domain that you want…but someone else already owns it. I suggest coming up with something else.

Get good hosting. Do not host with Bluehost, Hostgator or Hostmonster. They are all owned by the same people. Their customer support sucks. My #1 favorite is WPengine – but they are expensive. The upside is that their customer service is so out of this world. If your site goes down, they fix. If your site gets hacked, they fix. It’s worth the cash.

If you don’t have the dough in the bank for WPengine, though, I’d go with GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress hosting. Not in a million years did I think I’d recommend GoDaddy for anything, but here we are. I love them.

All that being said, when you are buying hosting via WPengine or GoDaddy, the cost is based on traffic to your website. If you don’t have a lot, it’s cheaper. If you do, it’s more. If you are just starting out, you are fine with the cheapest package.

Learn how to design a website yourself. By that, I don’t mean go take a college class on php or C++. Well, you can, but just trust me, there are easier and faster ways to get started. Google is my very best friend – you can figure out how to do anything with a website if you have enough time and you know how to search.

But, I made it easier for you…I created a program that walks you through the whole darn thing…start to finish.

From how and where to buy your domain, hosting, WordPress themes, customizing with css – all of it. A to Z.

You don’t have to waste your time with googling – you can just watch the videos and DO IT YOURSELF.

Next time, I’ll talk about why it’s ridiculous that they try to pimp out google analytics as a feature of their premium accounts. Spoiler alert…google analytics is FREE.