Welcome to WebTutorial Recommendations section. Here, I have presented a list of web design tools and services (like hosting) I strongly recommend for building websites and blogs.
I have done in-depth research and tested all recommendations on this page. Many of the tools and services listed here are extremely important (if not compulsory) for you to use to create a website successfully.
I only recommend what I use, have used or have vetted in the best interest of my readers.
Web Hosting Services I Recommend
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The best part is that you can use your Interserver account to host multiple domains so there’s no need to pay more for hosting when you’re ready to start another website.
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HostGator has been providing reliable web hosting service since 2002 and has over 2 million sites hosted for customers in 200+ countires. They also provide cPanel (and Softaculous one-click installation of dozens of web apps) for every hosting account. I personally haven’t had any downtime issues with any website I have hosted with them.
You can also host multiple domains on your Hostgator account. This covers your hosting needs for multiple website domains. Also, they provide outstanding customer service!
I highly recommend using Hostgator. You can get started now at only $2.75/month (60% off) and the least you can order is for 1 year. The hosting package also comes with a free domain.
iPage is one of the oldest web hosting companies online having started in 1998. They are very reliable with lots of good reviews online.
If you are on a really tight budget, iPage hosting is the best option for you. They offer as low as $1.99 per month if you order for up to 2 years.
They also provide several addons to ensure security and improve site speed. However, iPage does not offer cPanel. Although you will still get all essential apps like WordPress, Joomla, forums, etc. available for 1-click installation. Their server uptime is also one of the best.
Fatcow is also a reliable and old web hosting site. They have been in operation since 1998 and with very good reviews.
I have hosted a few sites with them and their customer service is very superb. If you have any issue, just start the LiveChat. They do not provide cPanel for shared hosting (except VPS and dedicated hosting). However, they do have vDeck for shared hosting. One-click installation of essential apps is also available.
If you are on a tight budget but need good service, Fatcow hosting is relatively cheap at $3.15/month (only for WebTutorial readers) plus you will get a free domain. The quality of service they offer far outweighs the amount.
Web Design Tools I recommend
This is ideal if you want to build a website for your business or organization all by yourself.
It is a DIY platform and everything is just drag and drop. No Technical headaches
If you are looking for a FREE DIY platform to design your website, I strongly recommend you use Wix. Wix
is absolutely free and provides virtually every feature you need to enhance the functionality of your website – forms, sliders, google maps, etc. There are also hundreds of templates you can choose from. You can even use Wix to convert your website into a downloadable mobile app.
With the highly affordable premium plan which starts at just $4.5/month, you get a free domain name (or you can connect your existing domain) and hosting in addition to unlimited bandwidth and 20+GB storage. You can even use Wix to create an online store, sell online courses, create events and manage your guest lists, etc.
There are several page builders out there, but the only one I recommend is Wix because of its simplicity and ease of use.
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Themes and Templates
Founded since 2002, Template Monster has over 50,000 templates to choose from. No matter what type of platform you are creating your website with or what type of website you are creating, you are sure to find what you are looking for.
I have personally used Joomla and WordPress themes from Template Monster to create dozens of websites. I can attest that their templates/themes are safe to use. They have templates available for virtually any type of website – e-commerce, WordPress, responsive HTML etc. The template prices range from as low as $7 to $100+ (for e-commerce websites)
Above all the most important reason why I strongly recommend Template Monster is there customer support. If you run into any problems while installing any template you purchased from them, they will do everything possible to help you solve the problem.
Themeforest offers some of the most affordable quality website templates/themes online. Template prices start from as low as $2 (Well that’s what they wrote on their website. But, truthfully, I have never bought a template that low before. the lowest has been $10) The average template price ranges from as low as $20-$100+.
If you are on a tight budget, I’d advise you use Themeforest to source for a template/theme for your website. They also offer a lot of discounts on featured templates.
All templates/themes on Themeforest have demo versions. Another very important reason I recommend themeforest is that each theme comes with detailed documentation so you can hardly go wrong or run into difficulties when installing them. But even if you do, their customer service is ever ready to assist.