When you need a website it can be overwhelming to start from scratch, with so many options and websites out there offering this service or that service you don’t have tons and tons of time to spend online, when you need to be creating your products or organizing your barn sale!
A great description of the process and terminology used is from Pretty Darn Cute Design, click the link to read more.
I have spent hours (and years of design experience) researching the best companies for my friends and clients to use, for both personal and business purposes. Here are 6 of the top companies I trust, use and recommend. Each link is an affiliate link to the website which helps support this website and my business! Thank you for all your support :)
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|Pros: Totally free! Very nice design templates and easy to use website builder! Integrate social media and is mobile responsive! Option to add store as well.
Cons: Domain name contains yourstore.wix.com
Cost Involved: None unless you want a domain name!
|Pros: Easy, effortless beauty in design. Very little knowledge needed and tons of tutorials online. 14 included designs and 100’s+ more to purchase.
Cons: Up front cost. Big design credit at the bottom of the website unless you pay to remove. Decent customer support.
Cost Involved: $199.00 ($10.00 off if you use my affiliate link) + hosting + domain name
*$30.00 off BluHost hosting with purchase of ProPhoto
|Pros: WordPress can be used as a blog, but you can build a website using WordPress, or combine the two. Either way, it’s the best option out there for true custom design. The organization and SEO capabilites of WordPress+Genesis is unmatched. It will turn a blah website professional in seconds.
Cost Involved: Genesis framework costs $59.95 + hosting + domain name.
|Pros: 100% risk free 14 day trial. Shopify handles payments directly, no third-party accounts required. 0% transaction (vs Etsy’s 3.5%) and low credit card fees. 24/7 support. SEO optimization. Very nice templates!
Cons: .30¢ listing fee (vs. Etsy.20¢ fee), fairly limited on customization. Limit 25 products on Starter plan.
Cost Involved: Plans from $14 per month (includes hosting) + domain name.
|Pros: Comes everything you need to create your own online store! Bizzy Boutique online store builder software, e-mail accounts for your business, and integrated shopping cart. Option to completely customize the design. Unlimited products.
Cons: In my professional opinion, does not look as “modern” as other e-commerce sites. Templates are a little outdated.
Cost Involved: $12.99-$21.99 per month. $15-20 setup feeLink: Bizzy Mama Hosting
*Use code “love” for 30% off your 1st invoice!
|Pros: MomPreneur was built to keep you all in one place. No more “go here to shop and there for your blog”. With MomPreneur everything is seamlessly integrated and ready for you to add your brand. Designed with a clean, stylish aesthetic to keep your content the focus. This theme comes with several color options for you to choose from as well as social media icons to keep your readers engaged. This theme is also Mobile Responsive!
Cons: Added cost for this child theme and must know some CSS/HTML.
Cost Involved: Child Theme $24.95, Genesis Framework $59.95 + hosting +domain name.