The start of the New Year might be a good time to start a new website. We’ve tried more than half a dozen ways, and these are the ones we liked best: and offer web hosting, site creation tools and ready-made templates. Try out the free version online and see if you like it. Joy used the free one to create a site for an educated but non-tech-savvy husband and wife. For $500, Yola will build a site for you. You should be kind of tech-inclined, however, to be able to update and expand it.

— WebEasy 9, or Xara’s Web Designer, both $50, are nice website creation programs that you can download to your PC. Unlike Yola, WebEasy only includes three months of free web-hosting, so you’ll need to choose a web-hosting company. We use But is popular and may be the country’s largest hosting service for individuals and small companies.

— Another way to go is have someone do it for you. Visit and hire a freelancer to build a basic site. Then you can use editing software like Adobe Contribute ($100), which makes web editing as easy as using Microsoft Word. When we had a special job, we got lucky and  found KerCommunications at Elance. The owner, Nick Ker, always seems to understand exactly what we want and responds quickly, usually doing the job in a day or two. Other freelance websites include the new “CoffeeAndPower,” as well as and Odesk.  This is a nice way for people to pick up income and all but one of the people we’ve tried turned out to be pretty good.


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