4 Easy Ways to Build a Website

Since launching my first website in 2015, the process of website creation has transformed dramatically. Tools like Wix and Squarespace have simplified the process for those without programming skills, while advancements in cloud computing and platforms like Cloudflare and Hugo have revolutionized the options for those with a technical background.

Cost-Effective Website Building Options

In the current landscape, whether you are tech-savvy or not, building a website can be incredibly cost-effective. Here’s a breakdown of some popular options:

Option 1: Cloud Computer Hosting (AWS or Azure)

  • Cost: $0/year for low traffic / requests

Option 2: Cloudflare Hosting

  • Cost: $0/year at low scale / low traffic

Option 3: Dreamhost + WordPress

  • Cost: $70/year

Option 4: Squarespace or Wix

  • Cost: $200/year for the cheapest plan, $300/year for more expensive plans

From this comparison, it’s clear that non-technical options generally start at around $200/year. In contrast, leveraging a basic understanding of server management and domain hosting can potentially reduce costs to $0/year. Even a modest amount of programming knowledge can drop the cost to about $70/year with a solution like WordPress.

Long-Term Cost Analysis

Over a period of three years, using a service like Squarespace could amount to $600, whereas a hosting provider like Dreamhost would only cost $210 for the same duration, offering substantial savings without sacrificing the quality of the final product.

The Importance of Marketing Your Website

However, creating a website is just the first step. Effective marketing is crucial to enhance SEO rankings and drive traffic to your site. This often means investing in advertisement or producing valuable content that attracts visitors, which can add to the overall cost.


While the tools and technology available today make website creation accessible and affordable, understanding the various options can help you make the most cost-effective choice. Perhaps I’ll craft a tutorial on utilizing these technical tools for website creation, although there are already numerous resources available online.