Free or, at most, $10 a year and no ads, anyone?
"Aren’t websites expensive? And I don't know code."
Websites have actually never really been expensive. I've been making decent sites myself completely for free, since around 2001.
Though they would prefer you pay them, there have always been so many ways around paying anything for a decent website. Without ads. Remember AOL’s Hometown sites? With a banner ad at the top? If you simply included “/_ht_a/” in the URL that ad disappeared.
Thankfully though today, it's SO much easier and as I’ve found, the over-used phrase, “You get what you pay for” absolutely does not apply in the Internet.
“Great. But, I don’t know code.”
Can you drag and drop with a mouse? Weebly.com is my favorite site for making websites. It's not hard to do. Hell, it's easy. And I find it fun.
There are other free options too. They’re decent. Some are better for different things.
For a blog focused on sharing photos, Tumblr might be good for you. But if you’re an artist, you might be wise to consider a Facebook fan page instead, for its social sharing potential. Further, people are less likely these days to go outside of the hub where they get their news. If you bring your work to their feed (i.e.; a Facebook page or Twitter), all the better and easier for sharing. Thanks for making the trip out here for this, dear reader.
Wordpress gets a lot of attention for its SEO (search engine optimization - how Google helps find you), but frankly I find it very clunky and its primary blogging editor is absolutely terrible – a tiny little HTML coding window. I wouldn't use Wordpress for that alone. But that's me.
Weebly has the same SEO abilities and is a WYSIWYG editor. What You See Is What You Get. Makes editing as simple as a drag and drop. It gets my vote. And that’s all completely free. Squarespace is another fair competitor to Weebly, but I don't believe they have a free option.
Otherwise, for free you would have something like YourName.weebly.com, which is okay, not great.
Take this site, for instance. I've built it completely for free with Weebly. (No, they're not paying me to say that.)
It’s actually hosted at AdamGreenberg.weebly.com. I pay $10 a year to lose the weebly extension, and I get anyEmailAddressBlahBlahBlah@AdamGreenberg.com included free.
I’m happy to do it.
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