When you begin the process of creating a website for your blog, small business or church the abundance of information can be confusing for a novice! With som many options it’s hard to determine what “route” is the best for you?

As with anything in life and business the answer usually becomes an economical one.

That being said there are 3 basic design formats for a website:

  • Professionally designed
  • Template based
  • Fill-in the blank

A professionally designed site is the ultimate site design. This type of design will be unique to your website only! But, this type of site is a very costly concept, costing thousands of dollars to build from the “ground up” and taking an average of 2-4 months to get online.

The cost, alone, is usually a deciding factor for most churches or small business, wanting internet presence, to go a different route!

Skipping down to the “fill in the blank” site. That is a name I have given to the sites that are offered as “free” sites where you sign up for an account and use one of their blank formats and simply fill in the appropriate information in the various blanks about your church or business.

Needless to say they don’t make money giving away service so the catch to a lot of these type sites is there will be advertisements attached in some manner. Be it actually on the webpages themselves or information is captured from every person that surfs your website, allowing the company to populate their browsing experience with advertisement.

This type of site has very basic abilities to change photos and wording without any capabilities to change the basic design.