One of the ways I’m making a living is to provide web development and training for customers. From this perspective, I can tell you clients are of two categories: “awesome WordPress user” and “can you do it for me, please?” For the second category, I have a tip: try WebSelf. I’ll explain this in a little.
Everything technical is a challenge for such people. Even copying an article from Word and pasting it into WordPress looks like brain surgery in terms of envisioned difficulty. This is nothing to be ashamed of. These persons are usually very good in their trade, they just don’t have the brain tuned to learn technical skills. They would rather outsource what keeps them from doing more of what they really enjoy.
I discovered this neat tool today. It is called WebSelf and it helps people make website with step by step guidance, without having to learn anything more than what they already know. WebSelf looks pretty cool. I’ve tried it myself and I bet you can make your own website in as little as 10 minutes, a website which will look like developed by a pro. For instance, if you have a small business and you only need a website to serve you as a virtual business card, you can do a pretty good job with this online site builder. Of course, it won’t save you from having somebody design a logo for your business, but that’s significantly cheaper than building a whole website.
Here’s a screenshot from the dashboard: you can see it comes with options of adding effects to photos. I applied the mirror effect in this one. Other available effects are Shadow and Polaroid. If you want plain and simple photos, you can check the Normal option.
The best feature of WebSelf, in my view, is that it can help you make an online store. An e-commerce website costs anywhere from $1000 up, so that’s a great help for a startup, to save that money for something else.
The tool is free to try for 14 days. After that, you have to choose one of the paid plans or you won’t be able to keep your website. These are the plans as of April 2013, in case you want to know. As you can see, you get a domain name with your plan. During the trial period, the site will have an address like http://mywebsite.webself.net.
How does this look? Would you go for an online website builder like this instead of paying a web developer to build and look after your website? If your answer is yes, that’s great, go for it! If you believe a web designer is better, you know where to find me!