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Jozzie
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2012-03-07 6:39 pm EST

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I'm a website newbie. I am using InMotion hosting for the first time, as well. I want to choose a good site builder for creating my website.

What options do I have?

I see that I can use Premium Web Builder in my AMP.

What other software choices do I have? I notice Soholaunch. Is that free if I install through Fantastico?

Is WordPress a site builder or just a blog builder?

Thanks for any guidance you have.

Also, any good books you might recommend for the novice, who has good IT experience but just hasn't built websites?

Thanks.

Mr. J

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Tim S
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2012-03-08 9:27 am EST
Hi Mr. J,

Thanks for posting such a great question. I'm more than happy to help you make a decision on what software to use. So let's cover some of the larger options such as WordPress, Premium Web Builder, and SoHo Launch.
<h2>WordPress</h2><p>WordPress is a great option as over 60 million websites across the Internet use WordPress to power their website. We have some great <a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/wordpress">tutorials on WordPress</a> and that's a good place to start.</p><table class="article_table"><tr><th>Pro's</th><th>Con's</th></tr><tr><td>Very Flexible and can be used to build just about any type of website you can think of</td><td>Has a higher learning curve over the Premium Web Builder</td></tr><tr><td>Wordpress is free and open source</td><td>WordPress can be overwhelming with all of it's options</td></tr><tr><td>We have a great set of tutorials on using WordPress</td><td></td></tr><tr><td><a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/wordpress/wordpress-introduction/install-wordpress">WordPress can be installed using Fantastico</a></td><td></td></tr></table><h2>Premium Web Builder</h2><p>If you've never built a website, the Premium Web Builder may be a good choice for you. It's simple interface allows you to build a website without having coding experience. It's free to use for our shared hosting customers.</p><table class="article_table"><tr><th>Pro's</th><th>Con's</th></tr><tr><td>Easy to use</td><td>Limited in it's functionality</td></tr>
<tr><td>Over 500 Templates to choose from</td><td>Can only be used on one website of your choice</td></tr><tr><td>We have a great set of <a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/premium-website-builder">tutorials on using Premium Web Builder</a></td><td></td></tr></table><h2>SoHo Launch</h2><p>SoHo Launch is a third party software that is offered through Fantastico in cPanel. When it was first released it was a modern up-to-date software. However, over the years it appears that there have been little to no updates to it and has since fell behind.</p><table class="article_table"><tr><th>Pro's</th><th>Con's</th></tr><tr><td>Free version available</td><td>Not much support and community for it</td></tr><tr><td><a href="http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/component/search/?searchword=soho">Tutorials on our support center available</a></td><td>May contain advertisements in the free version</td></tr></table><p>I hope this helps you make an informed decision. Typically, if you're not afraid to learn, I'd recommend WordPress. If you choose WordPress, you'll want to find a template that meets the needs of your website.</p><p>If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us</p>
Thanks!
Tim S

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