Q: I know it's important to have a professional-looking website to showcase my work as a teacher. Is there an easy way for me to build it myself without any coding experience?
A: It has never been easier to make your own website, thanks to new web-development platforms that are cheap, require little effort and are very user-friendly. One of the simplest platforms to use is Wix. With Wix, you create your website by choosing from a range of preset templates and uploading pictures and text. It also has an impressive feature: If you answer a few questions about yourself and what kind of website you're looking to create, Wix will generate a site for you. For example, say you're looking to set up an e-commerce site. Simply answer a few questions, and Wix will create a platform for you to handle bookings and appointments. It will even search the internet for information about you or your subject area and populate your site with pictures and text. I was really impressed with how it found high-quality pictures that were royalty-free. With some minimal editing, you can have a professional site up and running in just a few minutes.
You'll receive a web address that has "wixsite.com" in it for free, but for as little as $5 a month, you can connect the site to your own domain. As with most of these kinds of sites, Wix can help you set up your own domain name for a small fee.
Weebly, Jimdo, Wordpress and Squarespace are other great options for basic web development that can expand your template choices should Wix not have the presets you are looking for.
Barry Blumenfeld teaches at the Friends Seminary in New York City. He is an adjunct professor at New York University and on faculty at the Dance Education