Tools for your side business website

by Susan Paige
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If you are struggling to make ends meet, setting up and running a small business can be a good way out of that situation. We all have skills we can use to provide others with products or services. It could be making and selling jams or helping small business owners with their book-keeping.

Regardless, of the kind of business you are planning on running, having a website is essential. Most people look online first, almost regardless of what they need. So, you need a site. Below are some tools you can use to quickly create and easily maintain one.

Tools to help you to create truly unique content

You need to quickly tell your website visitors what you have to offer and do so without inadvertently copying what your competitors are saying. To do this put your website content through a plagiarism checker before hitting the publish button. Scribbr’s comparison table compares eleven of the biggest ones. So, you just need to go there to find the best plagiarism checker for your business.

Get your main web pages proofread

It is also worth using a proofreading service to make sure that your copy reads well and does not contain any spelling and grammar errors. After all, you want to make a good impression on potential customers.

Make your site visually interesting

It is important to make your website look as visually appealing as possible. You want it to be memorable. A great way to do this is to add images and videos.

In the early days, using photos you have taken or free stock images is the most sensible approach. One of the best places to find what you need is Pixaby. They already have over a million photos in their database, so finding what you need should not be hard. This article explains how you can find and legally use video clips others have made to enhance your website.

WordPress and a free theme

If you have never run a website before it is best to use something like WordPress to build your site. Around 34% of the sites, that are currently online, use this platform. It is dependable and well-supported.

There are plenty of up to date how-to videos available. So, creating the kind of website you want is not difficult.

Low-cost hosting

You will also need to buy hosting for your website. Over the past few years, the cost of hosting has fallen. It is now possible to host a small site for as little as $0.80 a month.

This kind of super-cheap service can be OK. But, they are rarely as user-friendly as the big players like GoDaddy and NameCheap are. In the early days, it is usually best to pay a little more to make sure that you get the support you need.

The above tools are all you need to get your site up and running. Later, as your business grows you may want to buy a few more.

 

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