Building a Website
Now we get to the really fun stuff; actually using your unlimited hosting plan to build and launch a website.
It’s that this point where I think iPage really start to come into their own thanks to the sheer wealth of options you’ll have at your disposal. Let’s look at three of the main methods you can use to build your website:
Upload files from your computer
For serious developers or those using offline website building tools like the popular Adobe Dreamweaver and Visual Studio, iPage offers the option of either an online file-uploader or unlimited FTP accounts that work with software such as the free FileZilla FTP client.
Honestly, if you’re going down this route, I’d recommend the latter of these two. Whilst the file uploader is fine if you only have one or two quick additions you need to make, the fact that you can only upload one file at a time makes it both cumbersome and impractical for larger files.
Meanwhile, the FTP accounts are simple to set up and allow you simply drag your entire website from a folder on your computer hard drive to your iPage Essentials shared hosting server.
CMS Platforms and Other Tools
My preferred choice for building a website is to use the one-click installation apps found in your vDeck to launch Content Management System (CMS) platforms like WordPress, Joomla, or the eCommerce focused Magento.
Initial setup for these applications is no more complicated than selecting the appropriate icon from the ‘Website’ panel in your dashboard, entering some basic information about your site (normally the title, and user-login details) then getting to work.
I’d recommend this option mainly for intermediate users, as getting to grips with WordPress and its alternatives, though not exactly difficult, does require a slightly steeper learning curve than using a drag-and-drop website builder.
Drag and Drop Website Builders
Speaking of which, iPage even offers multiple options if you’re looking to use a simple website builder rather than a CMS. In my opinion, this puts them ahead of many of their competitors who only offer the one option, and certain miles ahead of those who offer no website builder at all.
Though Impress.ly Websuite Builder and the creator by C4Mall are both decent enough in their own right, I strongly suggest that if you’re looking for a combination of simplicity and professional design, you choose the Weebly web editor.
Experts in the industry regularly rank this at the top of the charts when it comes to top drag-and-drop website builders, and for good reason. Not only is it as easy to use as dragging your mouse around the screen and slotting elements into place, the wealth of professionally pre-designed templates which come with your Weebly site are a cut above many alternative web builders.
Scripts and Programming
Last but not least, another one for the developers among you:
iPage Essentials also provides comprehensive support for Perl, Python, Ruby, and several versions of PHP, up to and including the latest release.
With so many tools, scripts, and options on offer here, I hope you can see why I think iPage stands out from the crowd when it comes to supporting users to build and launch powerful, professional-looking websites.