Choosing the right company to host your website is the most important decision you will make about your website.
If you're not a techie, look for a web hosting company that emphasizes:
- good customer support
- a wide selection of pre-formatted designs, called templates, to which you will be able to add your own text and graphics.
- easy to use page building tools
All web hosting companies claim they offer all of the above.
However, in my experience as a web designer, I've found that some companies deliver more than others. For example, GoDaddy offers really terrific support for WordPress. If you order a WordPress account, they'll set it up for you automatically and they provide a video explaining how to get started. However, for non-WordPress sites, their tools and template choices are just not as robust as some other companies who were established exclusively for the do-it-yourself website creator
Web hosting companies that DO offer all of the above.
In the last few years, new companies have arisen that cater solely to people who are not web designers.
If you're not sure you want to try this approach, these companies all offer a free trial period where you can try out the tools and see if this avenue is for you. Homestead from Intuit, for example, offer a free 30-Day trial.
Setting up a Specialized Website for a profession or an organizationThere are companies that specialize in providing "turnkey" websites that allow you to set up a certain kind of website. For example, a club website might offer a membership database and calendar. Here are some examples:
- Website for a teacher
- Website for a club or organization
- Website for a dentist
- Website for a veterinarian
Just Google the type of website you want. For example: "website for a photographer" or "website for a volunteer firehouse." There's probably a company out there that specializes in it.