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Your website is likely going to be one of the first things your visitors notice about your business. It can make them want to learn more, or it can make them leave in disgust. Since your website is so important, it's not a good idea to skimp on it. If you don't have incredible design and coding skills or money to pay someone who does, there are ways you can make website building a breeze. All you need is the right tools.

There are dozens of web applications that can practically make your website for you. I'm not talking about website builders that a lot of website hosts come with; I'm talking about standard, freely available systems that can be installed without a whole lot of effort. And a lot of hosts can install some of these automatically.

The most popular blogging software is Wordpress. And for a good reason: Wordpress is stable, has a lot of customization options, and a lot of great content. And although it's mainly for blogging, you can make a regular website with pages and everything with it.

Wordpress isn't quite the best general-purpose system though; Joomla is more suited for a general website. It can help you make a blog as well, although it's a little less suited for that than Wordpress. But like Wordpress, it has a lot of customization options. Joomla is the quickest and easiest route to go if you're making a website, although Drupal is another system which is more powerful but takes more time.

If you've used Wikipedia, you've used a web application called MediaWiki. MediaWiki is great for collaborating with a lot of people on a website and create a user-made website. If you want a lot of people to be able to communicate, you can make a forum with the phpBB application. It's a great system with themes and a lot of customization options.

Some systems are made specifically for sharing photos. They allow you to add photos and descriptions, and are a great way to share pictures with your family and friends, or even your website readers. Two good photo-sharing applications are Gallery and Photo Gallery.

If you want to sell items from your website, there are ecommerce systems that can help a lot: they support pictures and prices, shopping carts, and even payments. Zen Cart and CubeCart are a couple examples.

These are just a few web applications you can consider to make your website well suited for its purpose. You can even mix and match - install a blog in one folder or subdomain, and a photo gallery in another. If your website h ost has a one-click install feature for your chosen systems, you can create a perfect, fully-functional website in less than a few hours.

So when choosing a website host, make sure the application you want is supported - most hosts support a lot of applications but some don't, so do a bit of research before you buy. It really isn't hard though, as there are usually only a few things that you need to look for, so you can spend more of your time worrying about getting that perfect website.


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