Getting online is easier than ever. There are now over 200 million active websites, and a lot of them were made by regular folk like you and me.
Today anyone can make a website, regardless of technical skill level. We know it can seem like a daunting task, but there are tools available today that make the process easy. This article will walk you through making a website-step-by-step.
There are two ways to make a website: with a website builder or with WordPress. There’s no question about it: website builders like Wix, Squarespace and Weebly are the best way for tech novices to get online.
Getting your own website, whether you’re a company, individual, blogger, musician or a retailer, should not be a difficult task. There are ways to get started painlessly.
Here are 6 ways you can create a website in Zimbabwe.
1. Use WordPress.com, a free & quick tool
WordPress.com is the easiest way to create a website. You can literally be up and running within 10 minutes.
Your website address will be in the fashion of wordpress.com/ZhetRangu, so essentially you don’t get a very customised web address but it’s the fastest way to get started.
For people that want to blog, it’s a no brainer to choose WordPress.com first, because it was designed with bloggers in mind and it means you don’t have to invest in too much technical knowledge first before you start writing stuff!
Get Started Here: wordpress.com
2. Use Webdev’s Sitebuilder
WordPress.com is great, but it doesn’t know you’re in Zimbabwe so if you try to upgrade your website to your own domain name, they’ll ask for payment in USD (Mastercard, Visa etc…)
That’s what’s special about the Webdev Sitebuilder. It’s created for Zimbabwean customers so it accepts RTGS Dollars. Unlike WordPress.com, it has no free package so you need to be serious about your project whatever it is. You do get other advantages though, like being hosted in Zimbabwe which gives you a fast website for your local visitors. Also, you get a .co.zw domain which is great for easier identification by your would-be visitors.
That’s not all, you also get easier integration to their other services like classifieds.co.zw and Paynow.
Try it here: webdev.co.zw/sitebuilder
3. Use a free website builder like Squarespace
Squarespace allows you to build a professional website without the need to code anything. While Wordress.com is a great way to get started, it assumes bloggers first, so if you just want to build a beautiful website for your company or project, you would have to spend more time making it look nice.
Squarespace assumes that you just want a nice website and enables you to create one as quickly as possible. You can even quickly create an online shop.
Give it a try here: squarespace.com
What Squarespace can do, you can also find on Wix.com so try to check it out too.
4. Use Shopify for your online shop
This option is not for just any website. This is for people looking to create an online shop. Shopify is the current standard in creating online shops globally. Shopify will not just help you sell online via a website, it also has tools to help you sell on social media.
If you want to provide local payment methods using Shopify, you can integrate it with Paynow, which allows your customers to pay with EcoCash, OneMoney, Visa, Mastercard, and Vpayments.
Check it out here: shopify.com
5. Use WordPress.org
This is not as easy as WordPress.com but is important if you would like to host your own website. If you you don’t have experience hosting your own website, get a friend with some experience to help you. You can also just look for a professional locally to assist. There’s a list of Zimbabwean website designers and developers here.
6. Approach A Website Design & Development Company
There are some great website design and development companies locally that you can approach if you would like to outsource getting a professionally done website. Companies like Webdev, C2 Digital, Web Entangled, Calmlock and others. Google them, call them and get a quote!
Don’t forget to also consider online freelancers on services such as elance.com, fiverr.com, freelancer.com. You’d have to pay with USD of course.