There are sooooo many options to go with anymore in regards to creating a website and/or a blog. One can easily get overwhelmed and decide to never get started at all. For this reason, I’m just going to go over what I chose and why for Cultivate Travel’s site. Hopefully it helps someone make their decision to get started.
Btw, this post is only meant to give you options, this is not by any means the best way to create a site. Everyone is different and has different needs. This is just what I found and discovered I really liked.
I decided to host my own site because there’s just something about owning your own little slice of the internet. You can go as big or small as you want to and your hosting company will help along the way. I use, and highly recommend, InMotion hosting if you’re looking into this option. I’ve had other hosting companies in the past and have had a horrible customer service experience. InMotion has been a breeze so far and I can’t thank them enough anytime I need their help.
Cultivate Travel is made using WordPress software and boy has it changed since back when I had a little beauty blog. WordPress now utilizes “blocks” when creating posts or pages kinda like you would see in the now popular all-in-one website builders. I really love this newer change and found it super easy to adapt to. Bonus: WordPress is completely FREE.
I decided to opt into using Genesis Framework by StudioPress on my WordPress site. I did this because there are sooooo many possibilities with the framework and makes customizing your site a breeze. Not to mention the themes that developers have made for Genesis are absolutely stunning. But I don’t say all this without any hesitation, there was definitely a learning curve with using it. WordPress is one thing but getting used to Genesis inside WordPress was another ballgame. I found my theme’s developer, and if not all developers, make great tutorials on how to customize your site. Bonus: Genesis is a one time fee!
I skipped searching online when it comes to finding a theme, instead I went to Creative Market and searched their options. I found most, again if not all, developers have their own websites anyway, but searching via Google would have been a headache. If you don’t know about Creative Market you’re really missing out! It’s such a great site that lets you shop everything from themes to fonts to graphics. I was able to pick a theme and a collection of styled stock photos and check out once. Plus, Creative Market keeps track of all your purchases for access later. So don’t worry about losing anything in a new laptop purchase, you can always re-download your items. Bonus: you can get any updates with anything you’ve purchased straight off their site. They literally keep track of all that for you!
I really hoped this helped inspire you to maybe take a chance in creating a little slice of your own in this big space we call the internet.