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Free vs Not Free, But Affordable
Free websites are a great way to learn foundational steps for website building
that most do-it-yourself websites have in common. So, the plus is that don’t have to
pay to practice and learn how to use their system to build your website. But beyond
that, here are a few basics you need to keep in mind:

(1) Building the website may be free. However, if you want your own specific domain
www.MyBusinessName.com) associated with your website instead a general
named or numbered domain, you will have to pay for it.

(2) Free websites are provided by companies that have paid website versions. So,
their free websites will not offer the same level of options, features and system
capacities that paid services do. This may or may not be an issue, depending on
your needs.  However, most paid versions are offered in the form of affordable monthly
subscriptions – generally ranging $10 to $50 per month, depending on the company
and type of service subscription. Also, sometimes options such as e-commerce
(see below) are not packaged in your subscription and are an additional fee.

(3) Even though its a do-it-yourself service, there are many people that learn
a specific do-it-yourself website application, then sell website building services using
that application. The plus side is they become experts, and since they use a
do-it-yourself app instead of building it from scratch:

(a) Their price for designing a professional looking site may be lower than
hiring a general designer.  

(b) Since you'll be getting the site app through a website service company, its not
a stand-alone site, so even after the designer finishes, you'll usually have the
company's tech support and security services for assistance afterward.

You can check out community forums on the company's tech support part of the site;
contact customer service or do a web search for people that are "pros" or "experts"
in the do-it-yourself website building service app you select. (Example: "Duda Pro")

There are direct links to the each website builder being reviewed inside these

Best Do-It-Yourself Website Builders - Review By Top 10 Reviews

Best Do-It-Yourself Website Builders - Review By PC Magazine

Best Do-It-Yourself Website Builders - Review By Digital Trends
(1) Traditional Websites
Traditional websites are formatted to be viewed on a desktop/laptop computer. You
can view it on any device, however when you look at it on a mobile phone or tablet,
everything looks tiny because its formatted for the larger screens on desktop/laptop

(2) Mobile Website
Mobile websites are specifically designed for mobile devices. Many businesses that
have an existing traditional website, build a mobile website and link the 2 together.
When they are linked, the system will detect what type of device a visitor has, and
automatically route the visitor to either the mobile website or traditional website.

(3) Responsive Website
A responsive website is a single website that provides 3 different views: mobile,
tablet and desktop/laptop. The system automatically routes visitors to the view
created for their specific of device.

Mobile Site vs. Responsive Site – Comparison by Smartz.com
Mobile App? Nope, It's Not the Same as a Mobile Site…Usually
In its simplest form, your website (traditional, mobile or responsive) is like a house. A
mobile app is like a door to that house; and it’s a door that’s specifically designed for
mobile users to walk through.  However, not only does it serve as a door, but once
you walk through that door, it interacts with every part of the house so that your
experience while using your mobile device is prime.   

If you don’t have a website, mobile apps can be designed to serve as an all-in-one,
and function like a website. So, you can have a mobile app + a website; or
a mobile app = a website.

Why consider getting a mobile app? Because more than 80% of mobile phone and
tablet users go to a website by using a mobile app, instead of opening up an Internet
browser and typing in the website address.  For example, when you go to Twitter,
Instagram or Facebook from your phone or tablet, do you click on the app or go to the
browser and type the name, etc.?  The app? Exactly.

There are different types mobiles apps. Prices for getting a mobile app for your
business can range from free to thousands of dollars. Part of this depends on whether
you have an existing website that you want an app to work with; or if you want your
app to function as your website. Also, the quality, reliability and options will effect the
price. You can pay a designer to create a mobile app; or you can use a service that has
a system that will create one for you.

If you get a mobile app for your existing website, you can have your website visitors to
download the app from your website. Then, every time they want to come to your site
through their phone or tablet, they can just click on your specific app. You can also
submit your app to Google and Android stores so your app can be offered there too.
Depending on who you get your app from, they can help you with that.

Here’s a few mobile app options to check out and get you started:  
10 Services for Creating Mobile Apps – by Mashable

Examples Mobile Apps to check out
AppyPie https://www.appypie.com/
Bobile  https://bobile.com/
GoNative https://gonative.io/

If you don’t have an existing website to link with a mobile app, and may
want to use a mobile app as a website, here’s an article to explain general
options. This is article is also helpful if you have an existing website and
want to know the difference between a native and hybrid mobile app to
work with your site.

Native Mobile App  vs. Hybrid Mobile App vs. Responsive Website  - Comparison
by Interaction Design Foundation
ECommerce means to sell things online.  There are a variety of different systems,
applications and services that can help you do it. If your website is hosted by a company,
they may offer ecommerce services, and it can be added to your site. If not, or if you
prefer another ecommerce service that your host doesn't provide, there are many
options and can work together with your website.

The following video discusses the general concept of ECommerce
The following video discusses the principal of Dropshipping in
Ecommerce, which is an option for getting inventory to customers

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