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5 Website Building Tools That Will Pamper Your Site Like It Deserves To Be Pampered

pamperUsing just any old website building tool for your pet sitting business may prove costly if the html code it uses to turn your design into a website is not search engine-friendly.

What do I mean by search engine-friendly?

When building a web page from scratch, for example, you have the luxury of including only the necessary code, keeping the behind-the-scenes jargon nice and clean (which the search engines love).

Strangely, some of the more popular web building tools add an exorbitant amount of code while ignoring some of the most important html tags needed to be search engine-friendly.

Not to worry… Here’s a Quick Self Test:

Visit your pet sitting business website and view the source code (On the top menu bar of most browser, click view > source/page source).


This should open up a text file with your html source code. The very first line should be a piece of code ‘Doctype’ and it should look similar in style to the example here:


The Doctype line is a necessary piece of code for browsers to properly interpret your code and assure that everything gets displayed to your visitors correctly.

You should also have the meta title and meta description tags. Sure, they are less important in search engine optimization these days, but still a good bet to include.

OK, without getting much more techy and geeky at this point, for the same price of free you may consider toying with some of these lesser know web building tools for your pet sitting business website.

5 Website Building Tools To Take For A Spin

1) Yola

Price: Free/$19.95 per year

They say it best:
Yola brings website building to the rest of us. Small businesses. Groups and organizations. Non-profits. Your Aunt Martha. The guy in the next cube. Everyone. Our website builder lets you easily take what’s in your head and turn it into webpages in front of your eyes. Yola lets you make great-looking sites with webages that work beautifully together. We do it without imposing banner ads or throwing up pop-up ad windows everywhere.

What makes it cool?
You can build as many sites as you wish with your one free account.

2) Doodlekit

Price: Free/$14/$29/$49/$69 per month

They say it best:
We help you make your website a success with: blogs, forums, shopping carts, custom forms and much more. Our free website builder is ever-expanding, which means the longer you own your site, the more new features and functions you’ll discover.

What makes it cool?
Features include custom layouts and templates with built in stock photography, paypal button integration, form builder and SEO (search engine optimization) tools.

3) Weebly

Price: Free

They say it best:
Content elements, such as videos, pictures, maps, and text are added to your website by simply dragging them from the Weebly bar to your webpage. We have a bunch of cool elements and add more all the time.

What makes it cool?
Time ranked them among the 50 Best Websites of 2007. Drag and Drop interface with a sleek and modern control panel. Plus, you can download and backup your website for safe keeping.

4) Webnode

Price: Free

They say it best:
By using Drag-and-Drop from the toolbar you can add new content such as polls, forums, articles, catalogues, widgets such as PayPal and much more. Webnode contains more than 40 beautiful templates or you can make your own. Webnode brings you powerful tools in Web 2.0 technology to administer your project.

What makes it cool?
Give your visitors the chance to store interesting pages of your website. Offer them social bookmarking. Webnode supports more than ten languages that you can build your website in.

5) Wix

Price: Free

They sat it best: is a Flash website builder, built to create a simple way for everybody to build and design Flash websites. Create a free website like a pro: Whether it’s business or personal, music or art. Wix’s Flash website builder is simple to use with a “drag and drop” builder and is the complete solution to publish & promote your Flash website like a pro.

What makes it cool?
With Wix, you have the ability to create a website utilzing Flash technology. With over half a million websites already created and hundreds of templates to work from, Wix looks pretty impressive if you wanted to go the Flash-based route.

So there you have it. If you get a chance to take any of these for a spin, send us a link to your site and a bit about your experience.

*Would YOU like us to work on your Website?*

If you are looking to dramatically improve your website results by appearing on the front page of Google (like we have done for hundreds of your professional pet industry colleagues), then review the options here and let's compare notes!

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Josh Cary is a respected and well sought-after speaker and business consultant within the professional pet care industry. Since 2009, having grown his own pet sitting business, Josh provides his industry with the tools, support, and resources to build and maintain a thriving and respected pet business.

With a strong focus on digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), and website development, Josh’s one mission is to help you Get Found First through a professional and effective website.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. I am very curious, since I'll have to visit these sites whether they allow you to use the domain you will be using for my business? Any idea?

    1. Hi Jen,

      Some of these builders do allow you to use your own domain, usually for a small additional fee.  But if you ask me, it’s well worth it and the direction you’d want to go in.

  2. Wondering if anyone has any advice for me…  I am totally new to the whole web hosting thing but I’d like to create a little website for my pet sitting business I just started.  I plan on going with one of the 5 listed above or possibly wordpress and I’d like it to be free.  So after I build it, I need to find a web hosting company that to host the site, correct?  I know you can piggy back onto say yola for example and get hosting for free but then your site will have the word yola in it.  Here’s the thing… I’d like to not have to pay or pay very little at least.   I’ve seen  hosting services offering a free domain when you sign up for their monthly hosting and they are charging as low as $3-4/mo.  My question is…Which is the better way to go… Piggy backing off of a more well known name such as wordpress, yola, or wix OR paying for dirt cheap hosting with someone like Fat Cow but being able to have your own domain?

    1. Here’s my take on your question… Go with a WordPress self-hosted installation.  This simply means that you should find a good reputable web host like my top suggestion Host Gator (they have plans for around $6 per month or less if paid annually).

      Then, you will have one-click access through your hosting control panel to install WordPress.  Be careful choosing lesser known, ‘cheaper’ hosting companies, as you will ultimately get what you pay for.

      You need a web host to be your tech support and available to you every step of the way.  Hope this helps.

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