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Ready to get going? Create a website in a flash with MyWebsite Now. With pre-designed templates, anyone can build a professional-looking website.
- Ready-made sections, designs and color schemes make for stress-free editing
- Climb the search engine rankings with built-in Search engine optimization tools
- Responsive design means your site looks great on all devices
Build your site with full creative control
Feeling extra creative? With MyWebsite Creator, you can customize every aspect of your website. It's perfect for web pros, designers, agencies, or anyone that wants greater design freedom.
- Personalize with dynamic features like animations, video backgrounds and parallax scrolling
- Customize your site's source code (HTML/CSS)
- Upgrade to MyWebsite eCommerce anytime to build an online store
Easier, faster, safer WordPress
At IONOS, we've made the world's most popular CMS even better. Turn your idea into reality with our WordPress hosting.
- Set up and manage your site easily, with intuitive editing, automatic updates and scheduled backups
- Faster loading times and more power for your project: PHP, HTTP/2, NGINX
- Activate Managed WordPress any time for even easier updates
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|MyWebsite Now||MyWebsite Creator||WordPress|
|Key features||Pre-built sections, shapes and colour palettes||Dynamic content for personalization, greater design control||Open source CMS, WP community, for the more advanced|
|No coding skills needed|
|Individual advice from a single point of contact|
|Royalty-free stock photos|
|Integrated cookie layer and privacy settings||Plug-in available|
|Online store||Upgrade available||Upgrade available||Plug-in available|
|Pricing||Starting at $1/month||Starting at $5/month||Starting at $2/month|
|Learn more||Learn more||Learn more|
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The home page (sometimes, homepage) is usually the first page that is launched when you open up a website. It is the first page a user sees and sign-posts the path to other sub-pages. Home pages are synonymous with start pages or the index of a website.
Some people erroneously call a website a home page, but strictly speaking they’re not the same thing. A home page is one of several web pages on a website.
MyWebsite Now and MyWebsite Creator
Both options provide all the necessary services and tools to create a professional website, including your desired domain and email addresses. We take care of the maintenance of the server and ensure that your site is reliably accessible, freeing you up to focus on the design and content of your website with our pre-installed, easy-to-use website builder. All you need is an internet connection. In addition to a website builder and a domain, you’ll receive unlimited web space to store your photos, texts, videos, and other content.
Using design templates makes it easy to create a website in just a few clicks. No programming knowledge necessary! Just drag and drop your content into the website builder. Then use your mouse pointer to set up a page structure, choose your preferred layout and adjust the color selection to suit your design needs. All our packages include a user-friendly tool to edit images. Besides basic functions like cropping and rotating, it boasts a range of effects and filters.
MyWebsite Now and MyWebsite Creator make it easy to integrate your social media feed from Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. By adding numerous web apps, you can boost the interactivity of your website. Our office applications for text, tables, and presentations are useful tools to help you to create your website. From entrepreneur to service provider or online store — anyone can now launch and market a quality website with MyWebsite Now and MyWebsite Creator.
Special features of MyWebsite Creator
MyWebsite Creator provides extended options to further customize the design of your website. Additional design options include color adaptations, integrating video backgrounds, animations, and parallax effects, as well as code modifications in HTML/CSS, and the addition of an online store and blog.
Website using WordPress
For bloggers, WordPress is an ideal platform. It is easy to operate and install using any IONOS hosting package. There are numerous WordPress packages you can choose from. In 2019, almost 40% of websites were implemented using WordPress. This makes WordPress the world's most popular content management system (CMS). It’s easy to use, even if you’re a beginner, and offers a seemingly infinite number of design templates. You can select from free or paid templates. Some are available as free basic versions that can be expanded to paid full versions later on. Paid templates usually provide added functions and options. Thanks to the new Gutenberg editor, content can be easily moved around and rearranged without any prior programming knowledge. And when you want to give your blog a new look, just swap out your theme.
Getting your content online is now as easy as 1-2-3. But before you hit the publish button on your website, it’s a good idea to check all your subpages for their legal security. Otherwise, disputes could arise that, in the worst-case scenario, may lead to high fines. Website operators should ensure that their website adheres to local and national data protection legislation and doesn’t contain third-party content that is copyright-protected.
It’s best to check the legal requirements with your local province, but if you’re looking to reach readers or consumers in Europe, you will want to ensure that your website conforms to EU's GDPR regulations:
- Obtain permission from website visitors before saving cookies.
- Make sure your website is SSL-encrypted.
- Only collect necessary data on a contact form.
- Avoid social media plugins (Facebook Like buttons, YouTube videos, etc.,) or configure them to adhere to data protection regulations.
- Choose a website analysis tool that conforms with regulations.
- If you need to save personal user data, you may need to look at this topic in more detail.
What goes into a legal disclaimer?
A legal disclaimer is a useful addition to any website. It protects your rights and limits your liabilities.
- Include the rights you want to protect in your disclaimer such as ownership over intellectual property.
- Disclaimers can also include possible risks and hazards people could experience from using your products, for example.
- Inform readers that all content is just an opinion.
- Disclaim that not all information may be accurate or could change.
- Inform readers that your content is not professional advice.
Generally, the type of disclaimer you add will depend on the type of website and service you operate.
With MyWebsite Now and MyWebsite Creator, you automatically get a website that is also suitable for smartphones and tablets. The responsive design presents your content to conform to any device so smartphones users won’t need to zoom or scroll excessively. MyWebsite products allow you to opt for these settings at any time. Depending on the device used, the content is auto-adjusted to match the display. Best of all, you won’t need to set up anything for it. Just like MyWebsite Creator, MyWebsite Now ensures that your website is optimally displayed on all devices.
When you create a website using WordPress, it will auto-adapt for smartphones and tablets. All free and paid design templates from WordPress, also called themes, offer this feature by default.
Thanks to the stylish templates from MyWebsite Now and MyWebsite Creator, anyone can build a website. There are hundreds of different designs to choose from, making it easy to set up your website instantly. Simply choose a template according to your taste and customize it if necessary. Subsequent design changes are possible without having to re-insert your existing content. You can choose the color theme, different fonts, and the right images. Using the editor, images can be edited. Compared to creating a free website from scratch, you won’t need to start from zero with MyWebsite Now and the MyWebsite Creator, saving time and effort.
The selection of designs lays the foundation for creating a professional website. To publish a professional or business website, IONOS provides a great selection of templates geared toward a wide variety of industries. The range of settings depends on the individual template. Each template can be modified with your own background images. Simply upload the graphic or a photo of your choice and set the transparency and color saturation. MyWebsite Now and MyWebsite Creator are an ideal mix for personalized, high-quality, and functional website design. Any edits to your website can also be made using your tablet. Just switch to touch mode to get started.
Looking for more information on web design before you select a template? Check out our guide “The basics of web design”.
If you use IONOS to design your website, you’ll also set up a blog. A direct dialog with your customers is important for boosting customer loyalty. It allows you to share news and updates on the company or your products with clients, consumers, and other interested parties — storytelling in-house.
This adds value and sets your website apart from the competition. A company blog is useful to boost the reach of your website. Google rewards websites that feature quality, relevant, and up-to-date content with a higher search ranking. If you regularly publish quality content on your blog, your website will become more visible and your business will be more successful.
Share knowledge on a topic that interests your customers. If, for example, you sell cleaning products, a blog that features cleaning tips could make sense. In this way, you can help your customers and come across as an expert within your field. It’s a marketing advantage that shouldn't be underestimated.
Want to create a website and connect it to your external blog? Our guide provides plenty of useful tips to help you do so: “Creating a blog: step by step guide”.
Yes! We offer solutions for professional web developers if your requirements go beyond those provided by IONOS MyWebsite. Sometimes, even advanced users want to get more out of their CMS. Here’s how to set up your self-hosted website and how to get started:
1. Get hosting
Professionals can set up a private web server that is self-managed. Beginners are better off using web hosting offers, because security and server updates are maintained by the providers. When it comes to web hosting, you can choose from a wide range of packages. Whether you set up and use a server yourself or opt for a web hosting solution, always ensure that the storage and server performance are sufficient for your project. Good to know: Some web hosts offer managed hosting and one-click installation which are specialized hosting packages for popular content management systems that are tailored to the requirements of the applications.
2. Choose a domain
To register a domain, contact a domain registrar. You can also save your new website address via IONOS. Use the domain checker to find out whether your desired domain is still available. If your favorite internet address is already taken, you should check whether you can secure the same second-level domain (website name) with another top-level domain. For example, if it’s not possible to register www.example.com, there are plenty of alternatives (.org, .net, .web, .online, etc.). If you cannot find a suitable alternative, you can try to buy the web address from the domain owner.
3. Install CMS
Once you have decided on a CMS, install the system on the web server. You can access your storage via an FTP program and upload and install everything you need there. Alternatively, many web hosts offer one-click installation for setting up content management systems. The installation is simple — the provider does it for you.
4. Select your design
Once your CMS is set up, it’s time to decide on the best layout for your website. Ideally, you’ve already thought about some of its basic features. If not, now is the time to think about who your target audience is, which categories you want to focus on, what’s a suitable layout and structure for your website, and what content you’d like to include.
It’s worth paying particular attention to the usability (user-friendliness) and the design of your website. Good usability is achieved when you focus on a simple structure that’s easy to follow and consistent across your web pages. When visitors can easily and intuitively navigate your website, it’s a testament to your site being user-friendly. A sophisticated design concept not only determines the look of a website, but also how user-friendly it is.
If you need some inspiration for your web design, take a look at successful internet services and current web design trends. Most content management systems will provide design templates or themes to help you make your vision a reality. System providers that boast a large community of users usually offer many free templates to use. That means you can test a few different ones to find the perfect one for you. One of the most important criteria is that templates support responsive web design. Responsive websites adjust automatically to the display size of a device (desktop PC, laptop, tablet, and smartphone).
5. Create website content
The content of your website depends on the audience you’re trying to reach. You need a keen sense of this in order to best align the content with your target group. A precise analysis of your audience in advance can be helpful. If you’re trying to drive sales, an evaluation of buyer personas is a good idea. Content marketing methods are great tools to advertise web content or products in an online shop.
It’s important to regularly update your online content. Publishing articles and blog posts is essential for websites. Above all, pay attention to the quality of the content — this is the most important differentiator between what you have to offer and what your competitors have to offer. Images are another important part of articles (especially long-form copy), as they attract attention and loosen up posts. Photos can be useful to illustrate and structure articles. If you do not have any photographs or illustrations available, image databases provide many suitable photos free of charge.