The main reason why most website owners are wary of designing their own website is the belief that they must have taken HTML or programming courses. Most visitors will only be able to analyse the design of the website based on their experience but the problem is that they are not familiar with how it is developed. The use of website builders makes it easier for new website owners to develop their website with the iPage installation pages.

The Website Building Blocks

There are applications that are used by website owners to design and publish web pages in their websites. The applications are easy to use and therefore even make beginner websites look professional. The source codes of the webpage will not need to be touched or modified by the website owner in the installation and use of website builders. This is because the primary hardware used by the application is the mouse since it just needs the elements to be clicked, dragged and dropped. The procedures used in Microsoft’s PowerPoint are considered to be similar.

The basic steps are:

  • Select a chosen template from the pre-made templates/themes.
  • Drag the desired elements from the design panel such as pictures, tables, buttons and textboxes.
  • You will drop these elements into any part of the desired web page.

Weebly Site Builder

Weebly is an application available from a free web hosting provider but is rented out to other web hosts due to its popularity and ease of use. The Weebly developers considers it to be the best site builder application due to its popularity as seen in the homepage samples of professional-looking designed websites. The samples shown encourage website owners to create and develop their own website by using Weebly.

Unfortunately when using Weebly, you will have to be connected on the internet since it is an online application. You can easily access the application after you have logged in the iPage host account. The main advantage of Weebly is that you do not need to upload files using FTP even when creating or making modifications to the website or any webpage. This ensures that you will be able to update changes in real-time without taking your website offline for a couple of hours.

The templates offered by Weebly and iPage are considered the same since iPage primarily uses the Weebly application. So any templates that you want from the Weebly website can also be used in your website since these are all available from iPage.

Creating a Webpage using Weebly

The website owner can also use Weebly to make individual webpages. The step-by-step instructions are:

  • You must have a catchy site title
  • Choose an appropriate domain name
  • Developing the website

Further Explanation of the Instructions

This is because website visitors will easily remember a catchy title but that it must also be appropriate to the purpose of the website. The type of site and category will also need to be selected so that visitors will easily remember where to look for the website. Another purpose of the site type and category is that it can increase your search engine ranking.

The domain name is the primary name used to identify the website since it is included in the address bar. You can also use another domain name in iPage that you already own.

Start designing your website by using the different menus in the Weebly panel which includes Design, Elements, Settings and Pages. You will need to experiment with the menus of the design and elements so that you will be able to creatively enhance your website. The menus of the elements include choosing images, videos and texts which are easily dragged to any location in your website.


These are great opportunities for small bueesinsss to get their listings seen. However, Google Merchant Center product listings are now tied to AdWords and they are no longer free. This is a new policy as of Summer 2012.The options for small business just keep getting smaller.

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