Are you a teacherpreneur and thinking of creating your own website?

Wondering what website hosting service is best for you?

Let’s have a look at the 4 most popular website hosting service for teacherpreneurs.


WordPress

Originally WordPress was developed as a blogging platform but has grown to be one of the largest website hosts in the world. It has a large range of plugins (over 45,000) which help you adapt the website to include more functionally. However, WordPress does have a lot of vulnerabilities as the plugins for WordPress are developed on an open-source platform so it opens the room to potential cyber-attacks. Because of the plugin nature of WordPress it may also be necessary to update different areas frequently which means there is a higher risk that some plugins may suddenly not be compatible with others. It can also be difficult to set up a WordPress website and many website owners need to employ a skilled WordPress developer to do it for them which is an additional cost.



WIX

It is very easy to create an attractive fully functioning website very quickly using the drag and drop nature of the WIX interface and over 800 templates available. Because you are using their in-house developed tools they are developed to work together so you don’t get the compatibility or security issues you may encounter with WordPress plugins. However, WIX does place ads saying “This website was designed with Wix.” on all your pages unless you upgrade and pay for a premium membership which can be too expensive for smaller businesses. It can take time to build SEO as the in-built SEO wizard is a little behind the times, so it is important to do a little research and build SEO into your content yourself.



Shopify

Shopify is an e-commerce platform which is easy to set up but has less functionality than other platforms. If you use the free version, there are only 10 templates to choose from and it can be more difficult to customise them than with the other platforms. It may be necessary to hire an expert to customise your site which is an additional cost. There are over 1,200 plugins which allow you to customise your website further but many of these include an additional monthly fee to use and there is a transaction fee that is charged to sell your teaching resources.



Squarespace

There are 140 very attractive templates but most of them look best when you add your own professional photography. It is a user-friendly interface but, at present, once you have selected a template, Squarespace doesn’t allow you to change your mind and select another one. If you want to sell resources through your website you will need to pay for the additional ecommerce functionality and possibly a transaction fee for each sale depending on which play you pay for. If you are interested in blogging if you want to update an existing blog post, you can’t work on a draft version and publish it when you’re ready; you have to work directly on the live version.


So, there you have 4 of the most popular website hosts for teacherpreneurs. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses so you need to decide what is important for you.


If you want to sell your resources through your own website, you’ll need to decide if a transaction fee is worth paying for the functionality and ease of set up you can get. If you are more interested in creating a membership style site or writing blogs then other hosting sites may be better suited.


If you would like training on setting up your teacher seller business, have a look at our free and paid for courses here.


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