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3 Best Website Builders for Small Businesses

Every business needs an online presence, and having a website is a great first step to achieve that. Your site will be the front door to your business, playing a significant role in creating strong first impressions.

Nowadays, even the smallest companies can afford to build a website of their own. Website builders make it easy to create any site a business might need — from a one-page website to a full-blown eCommerce store.

However, with so many options available, you need to pick one that can accommodate your needs. In this article, we have compiled a list of the best website builders on the market, along with their pros and cons, to help you make the best decision.

  1. WordPress

There are two versions of WordPress available – the self-hosted one WordPress.org and the website builder itself WordPress.com.

While you won’t get as much freedom as building a website from scratch, WordPress.com offers plenty of tools and plugins to get your new business website up and running. Unlike its counterpart, WordPress.com is fully-hosted. It’s designed for all types of websites in mind — from personal blogs to full-blown online stores. Hence why so many professional businesses choose WordPress as their go-to website builder.

There is a free plan available that lets you pick from a number of different themes for your site. You’ll also get a free SSL certificate and 3 GB of storage.

Paid plan options are also available, starting from $4/month for a Personal plan all the way up to $45/month for an eCommerce plan, designed specifically with online stores in mind.

However, if you’ll ever want to migrate your website to a powerful CMS such as WordPress.org, that can be easily done without much hassle. If you’ll be looking for a reliable web hosting solution, you will not go wrong by choosing KMZCloud.

Pros

Known for an extensive library of plugins and tools, which opens even more customization for your website

WordPress is highly popular, so there are a lot of communities and tutorials available to help you get familiar with the platform

Plenty of online guides and tutorials in case you get stuck, that features a wide community of users

Cons

Only paid plans have the option to install plugins and the ability to edit back-end code

When using the free version, you’ll have to keep the WordPress subdomain and ads

  1. Shopify

Shopify is a popular website builder that specializes in creating eCommerce websites. More than one million businesses use Shopify as a way to sell their products online, as it has everything you need to create a beautiful and functional online store.

For starters, Shopify has more than 70 themes that are categorized into many different business industries, such as Electronics, Food & Drink, Sports & Recreation, and Furniture.

It also offers plenty of eCommerce features to help you run your online store. For example, you can install more than 100 payment gateways, set up a drop shipping business, create email templates, and translate your site into different languages.

Unfortunately, this website builder does not have a free plan, and its pricing is quite high. You do get a free trial for 14 days, but after that, you’ll have to subscribe to one of its three plans — Basic Shopify for $29/month, Shopify for $79/month, or Advanced Shopify for $299/month.

The low-tier plan should be enough for a small business, with features like unlimited products, discount codes, an SSL certificate, and 24/7 support.

If you need the advanced report builder and third-party calculated shipping rates, feel free to purchase the Advanced Shopify plan. However, note that the shipping rate calculator only works for stores that are based in the US and Canada.

Pros

Includes extensive documentation, making it easy for everyone to master this website builder

The Shopify App Store has tons of apps that can improve your online store — there are tools to improve your store design, marketing, orders and shipping, and so on

Complete built-in eCommerce features, from payment options to customer reports

Integrates well with other platforms like Facebook and Amazon, so you can easily sell your products on multiple channels

Cons

There’s an extra transaction fee if you use third-party payment providers like PayPal

It is relatively expensive compared to other website builders, which can be a downside for small business owners

 

  1. Wix

Wix is one of the most popular website builders, with over 145 million registered users.

Upon signing up, Wix’s Artificial Design Intelligence will ask you several questions, like the type of website you’re building, what features you want to include, and the overall theme of the website. Once finished, ADI will generate a few templates, and you just need to choose the one you like the most.

As such, thanks to ADI, creating a website is quick and easy. You don’t have to spend time thinking about the layout and design, thus allowing you to focus more on your business.

If you prefer a more personal touch, choose the template yourself. There are more than 300 free templates available, and they’re specifically catered to different businesses and industries. For example, there are templates for dog daycare centers, locksmith businesses, and electronic artists.

Wix’s editor is easy to use, too — the essential settings like menus, pages, and a blog manager are on the left, while the element editor toolbar can be found on the right. Should you need to tweak other settings like social sharing and admin permissions, you can easily go to the Settings menu found in the top toolbar.

A free plan is available for Wix, but your website will include ads and use a Wix subdomain. Meanwhile, for its premium plans, Wix offers two categories — Website and Business & eCommerce. The former category ranges from $4.50 to $24.50/month, while the latter ranges from $17 to $35/month.

Depending on the type of business you are going for, you should pick a plan that suits your small business best. The Business & eCommerce plans are perfect for those who want to create an online store, while the Website plans can be used to create regular business websites.

Pros

Equipped with ADI, you can have your website up and running in no time

A wide variety of templates specific to your type of business.

Lots of additional features, such as slider galleries, a Spotify player, Google Maps, and social sharing buttons

Cons

Once your website is published, it’s impossible to change the template. If you want to have a different design, you need to start all over again

You need to upgrade to at least the Combo plan for $8.50/month in order to have an ad-free website

Protecting Your Reputation by Protecting Your Email

Your online reputation is one of your most precious possessions. Because of this, you need to do everything in your power to protect it. The problem is that the more powerful your reputation becomes online, the more that people with bad intentions want to take control of it and use it for their own purposes. Nowhere is this easier online than email.

Email started as a trust system. I trust the email server I used to send my email. It trusts any number of servers to help deliver the email along the way. The recipient of my email trusts their email server.

In the beginning, email didn’t necessarily go from you to your server, to your recipient’s server, to your recipient. The internet was still fragile, so email was designed to hand mail to any server and trust that that server would either deliver it, hold it until it could deliver it, or hand it off to another server for delivery. Trust, however, has a price, and once bad people figured out that email was based on trust, they started making us pay that price.

Because bad people figured out they could send emails that look like they are coming from anyone on the Internet, people much smarter than me knew they had to do something to secure our email system. If someone could send you an email that said it was from your mom, and that email contained a link to show you cute puppies, you trusted that it was from your mom, so you clicked the link; thus Phishing was born.

These days, email is a lot more secure. The smart good people have figured out ways to build technologies like Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM). These systems help protect emails by protecting who can send emails for a given domain. If you have SFP and DKIM setup, most email servers will recognize them and use them to make sure that the email it just received that SAID it was from you, actually IS from you.

The biggest problem with SPF and DKIM is that they are not easy to setup. To configure them, you need to understand DNS and how to create specific types of records. This has hampered the widespread adoption of these concepts in the past.

Thankfully, these days, there are good hosts like KMZCloud.com out there that set them up for you automatically. When you set up a domain on a good host, one of the things they do is not only set up your mail system but also set up SFP and DKIM to protect others from fraudulently sending emails that look like they come from you.

If your host does not automatically set up DKIM and SPF for you then all is not lost. There are many good tutorials available and with some time, you can set them up yourself. There are even online checkers you can use to make sure you have done it correctly.

Or, if you’ve got better things to do with your time than figure out DNS, you can host with a host like KMZCloud.com. Your call.

Create Subdomains in cpanel

Creating a Sub domain in Cpanel

 

If this feature is allowed by your web hosting provider, you can make as many Sub domains in your Cpanel. Sub domain is a new domain and it will add at your main domain like billing.websouls.com. ‘billing’ is a sub domain of “websouls.com.”

 Please follow below steps so that you can make sub domain in your Cpanel.

 Step-1:

Login to your Cpanel > Domains section > Sub domains menu:

Step-2:

Enter the following details:

Sub domain: Desired Sub domain name.

Domain: Choose the desired domain name in which you want to create the sub domain.

Document Root: Root directory for your sub domain (it should be /public_html/sub domain)

 

Step-3:

 Click on Create:

Your sub domain will be created.

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Add a MySQL Database in cPanel

Add a MySQL Database in cPanel

A database is an organized collection of data, stored and arranged into rows and columns. MySQL is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) open source and it uses Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL is used for adding, accessing and managing content in a database.

The following article explains how to add a MySQL database in cPanel. You can use cPanel’s built-in MySQL database interface to add new MySQL databases. This procedure must be performed as the user for the domain, rather than as the administrator. Before you create the database, you must ensure the MySQL service is running.

To Create MySQL Database in Cpanel, please follow the below steps:

Step-1:
Log into Cpanel > click on the MySQL Databases menu in the Databases section.

Step-2:
Find the Create New Database option > click on the Create Database button

Step-3:

The database is created now.
MySQL User should be created and assigned to the desired database with ALL privileges.

To create a MySQL User,
Click on Add New User and choose the username you wish to assign to the database. Once done, It is highly recommended to use the built-in Password Generator to make it secure. Save the password, as you will need it to connect and maintain the database.

Step-4:
Now, simply click on the Create User button to finish the process:

Step-5:
Now we have created MySQL Database and MySQL User.
Now we need to assign MySQL User to the database and set privileges.
Find the Add User to Database section and make sure that you choose the correct Database and User.
Once done, simply click on the Add button.

Step-6:

Now, set correct privileges to the MySQL User.
Select the appropriate database permissions for the user and click Make Changes button:

Step-7:
To check this, you can simply go back to the MySQL Databases menu and check the Current Databases section:

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KMZ Cloud.