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Let’s be perfectly honest. Google is the largest search engine in the world (they supply your organic leads). They prefer it if you use WordPress since the overall build and structure of your site architecture is spot on. For you to use any other platform is very brave and a little confusing.
We use WordPress to build all of our client websites. So my recommendation for you would be the same – WordPress.org. I’ll admit, I refuse to build with any other platform since no other website builder has so much functionality, ease of use and powerful plugins to help enhance your website.
A couple of other platforms exist of course including:
Of course there are several other platforms you can build your website on. However, I can’t recommend them.
Unless you have a large 2000 page website and need your own personal server. The recommendations below are fine. The important thing for you and your business is customer service. When you have a problem or issue, you’ll want to be able to get hold of someone fast and actually knows what they’re doing.
There are quite a few hosting services where businesses can host there websites.
If you are in the UK we advise using 1 & 1 web hosting
There are so many business website themes to choose from and also many free ones. One word of advice. Go for a paid theme that is updated regularly. This will help with both the security of your website and will improve the freshness and overall feel of your website.
UK Local SEO Citation Directory (A list of business directories for each city in the UK as well as a pretty powerful generic list of places to add your business)
Capsulecrm – Great free option if you’re a startup.
Manageflitter (a poweful addition to our own automation preferences) – is a critically acclaimed set of Twitter Tools loved by over 3 million people. Unfollow, Follow, Bio Search & Analytics
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