Can HappyWeb help you?*
So, you are interested in having a website, but are not sure where to start. It's either overwhelming, confusing, or very time-consuming (most likely all three).
Creating your own website could - and should - be a very fulfilling activity. After all, this is the act of sharing the best of what you have to offer with the world!
What exactly is involved in having a website?
First, you need to buy a domain name. A domain is your website's address, like www.saucisson.com, or www.google.com.
But a domain name is just that. It does not do anything by itself. It is like buying an address - you still need to buy a piece of land to go with your nice address. On the internet your piece of land is called "a hosting package".
A hosting package is like renting a piece of land on the internet. It is literally some space on a hard drive somewhere on a server. A hosting package ranges from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars a month - with vastly different performances and features.
After buying your internet-piece-of-land, you will need to set it up so that you can put your website on it. It is like setting up the foundation of your house: you have your address, your piece of land, and before building your house you need to set up the land properly.
Once you have bought your address, your hosting, and set up your foundations, then only can you start to create your website.
But, how do I actually create my website?
If you are either a cyborg or feeling adventurous, you can write your website by hand using a markup called "HTML".
If you are an advanced cyborg or feeling emotionally invicible, you can also write your website using a programming language such as PHP, Ruby on Rail, Java, ASP, or some other incomprehensible acronym.
Most likely you will use a tool that other brave souls have created and that will help you to build your website. Wordpress, Drupal, Wix, or Webflow are examples or popular tools. They would be like pre-fabricated houses that you can put on your land, and then customize to your heart's content.
Lastly, once you have built your website, you have to make it look good. This is this "web design" thing that you have probably heard about and that has haunted many dreams.
Here again, you have a few options: you can program it yourself, or you use one of the pre-made "themes" that are provided by whichever tool you have used - the equivalent of looking at a catalogue of predefined looks for your house. In either case you are looking at a considerable investment of time in order to learn the system and to apply it to your website.
Another option is to have your website set up and built by a web agency. This is literally like going to see an architect, explaining what you want for your house, and letting them deal with the construction agency, the plumbing, the electricity, the interior design, etc...
For a good agency you are looking at a few thousand dollars to build an average website.
Err... ok, so what now?
If you have read this far, you probably have one of these two reactions:
"Awesome! that makes total sense and I'm going to build the website of my dreams!"
Or, more likely:
"Dear Lord... I understood about half of the part about lands and houses"
If, like most normal human beings, you are feeling rather overwhelmed by this website thing, then fear not: HappyWeb comes to the rescue.
How can HappyWeb help me?
Let's see, how do we become happier? Partly by removing worries. And partly by meditating on the true essence of our being.
As much as we would like to help with the latter, HappyWeb will for now mostly focus on removing worries when it comes to creating a website.
No more hosting worries
First of all, HappyWeb takes care of all the hosting. You won't have to look for a hosting plan, to do any research to find out which one offers good performances and support, or to pay for this additional hosting. Everything is included in HappyWeb.
Amongst other things, this means that you won't have to deal with the hosting's support service. For anyone who has ever had to deal with any hosting company's support service, this should be very good news. Instead you will have access to a customized, personal, and dedicated support through HappyWeb.
So, that's one thing - we take care of all the hosting for you.
A website that looks the way you want
Then you will get a customized design for your website. We will meet over a cup of tea, coffee, or lychee juice, (or through skype for the technically inclined) and discuss what you would like your website to look like.
The simplest and happiest way to manage your website
Next, you will have access to HappyWeb itself - probably the simplest and most flexible way to edit and manage your website (certainly the happiest).
There is no complicated system to learn, and you won't have to dwelve in the mind of a senior computer engineer to understand what is going on (an experience we do not recommend).
In other words, you will be able to achieve what a website is meant for: to share more about you or your product in a simple, enjoyable, and efficient manner.
This in turns means that your website's visitors will effortlessly find out more about you or what you have to offer, become happier as a result, and before we know it we'll be close to achieve world peace.
Customized support, update, and maintenance
Lastly, but very much not least, you will have access to customized support, unlimited updates (new and fun features are being introduced regularly - while keeping everything simple), and maintenance of your website.
As you can see, the idea is to take all the worry away: no hosting worry, no design worry, no updating worry, and no maintenance worry. That's half of the way towards everlasting happiness!
HappyWeb equals happy wallet
To sum up, here is what HappyWeb offers:
- We take care of the hosting (you'll get a very fast and high-quality hosting - or, using our unexpectedly inspired house metaphor, a very fertile land)
- You get a custom design - made just for you and explained to you using words you can relate to
- You get access to a very enjoyable interface that enables you to create new pages, update existing ones, as well as to add text, images, music, or videos
- You get personalized and unlimited support, updates, and maintenance
Now comes the wallet-happiness: we've made HappyWeb one of the most affordable ways to get a website without having to do everything yourself or to have someone do everything for you.
Rather than charging an expensive flat rate, HappyWeb is available as an affordable subscription of C$20 per month. That's right, about the price of four Starbucks coffees! (or five cups of tea if you prefer. Or a whole chicken). Intrepid users can also choose to go for a yearly subscription of C$220 per year - even cheaper.
That's not all: to add to the wallet delight, there is no initial set up fee. The subscription includes everything: hosting, set up, custom design, access to the system, support, and maintenance.
The best part is yet to come: Your subscription entitles you to an unlimited amount of websites with no change to the subscription fee. Each additional website has a setup fee of C$200, but the subscription fee remains the same (C$20 per month or C$220 per year). You could have four different websites under the same subscription!
If you are interested in trying HappyWeb, contact us and we will set up a demo website where you will be able to try the system and to see if you like it.
The extraordinary could happen: you might actually start to enjoy creating your website!