There are a number of companies that cater to people who want to set up just one website and who are not particularly interested in learning the technical aspects of setting up a website. These companies emphasize:
- 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
These companies will help you register a name for your website, provide you with tools to create your pages in a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get tool that doesn't require any knowledge of web programming or HTML, and then provide a safe web server to "serve" your pages to the public without your having to get into the business of setting up your own machinery or software.
The thing to be careful about in setting up your website is to choose a reputable company that offers good customer support, good tools for building your website, and a wide choice of graphic designs and templates. Wix.com is designed specifically for the do-it-yourself website creator. Yahoo! Web Hosting, Web.com and Homestead from Intuit all specialize in serving the beginning website builder.
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. Here are some examples:
- Website for a teacher
- Website for a club or organization
- Website for a dentist
- Website for a veterinarian
Sometimes they're more expensive than a plain vanilla hosting plan, but they can add lots of value. For example, a teacher's website might have tools for posting online lesson plans and homework assignments. A club website might offer a membership database and calendar. 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.