These days most educators simply don’t have the time to spend days on end setting up a personal website for their classroom or educational ventures. Some educators prefer using Google Sites because it is free, but Google Sites is limited in the content you can provide to your audience or students. Google Sites is perfectly fine for the older teacher who is about to retire, but wants to follow their school districts’ move into newer technology. Most other educators need to focus on creating a strong website that can constantly be referenced.
My primary suggested reasons for creating your own personal website are:
One tool educators use if they’re not that familiar with website design in Weebly. There are free aspects to Weebly and paid aspects too. Weebly is a lot like Wixx, another website design service for those with limited design backgrounds. It allows you to modify a template, looks okay, but is pretty basic.
If you’re going the paid route there are some websites you should be familiar with in 1&1 and GoDaddy.
Both of these allow you to purchase a domain, hosting and all the bells and whistles you need to run a website. I personally prefer GoDaddy, but have heard good things about 1&1. NOTE: I only purchase domains through GoDaddy and use a different hosting company.
Another option you can use is Web.com but haven’t used any of their products to advise one way or the other.
I then utilize Host Gator for my hosting, as it allows me to create forums, blogs, etc. with ease.
Once my website is up and running I head over to Vista Print and get some cool advertising gear for the new website. You can too!
NOTE: Use the tools you are most comfortable with after doing your research.