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From: “Tim Sheppard”
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:06:50 +0100

A few comments and a couple of corrections…

On 20/10/2017 13:52, Simon Brooks (via storytell list) wrote:
WordPress and wix have both paid and free services.

Wordpress doesn’t charge. It does have a version (, where it’s even more free because it hosts your site itself (but you aren’t allowed to use your site for commercial activities and can’t use many of the useful plugins available). For anything except a basic blog it’s better to use the free self-hosted version ( where you put WordPress on your own domain (often with one click, depending on which web host you use). Most new websites on the entire web are now created with WordPress.

And WordPress places ads on your free site, which can look ugly and feel intrusive and unprofessional to me.

That’s not true if you have WordPress on your own domain, which would be the better option for any storyteller’s professional site.

Most web designers and business developers say to avoid Wix like the plague if you want a site for your business. This is because of the way Wix sites are built – they are almost invisible to Google, so no one will be able to find you except through your own marketing efforts. People search Google using keywords, and a Wix site hardly shows any words from your content to Google’s search bots. Findability is far more important than prettiness that no one sees. But as well as attractive fixed themes, these days you can get many WordPress themes that allow drag-and-drop page design, if that’s what you’re after.

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