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With the advent of the web and many of the services now available, the way weddings are announced and RSVp'ed for have changed greatly. No longer are official mail announcements and invitations needed. Wedding websites are being created as a way for family and friends to gain immediate access to the pertinent information, as well as RSVP their spot and get contact information. The best use of a wedding website is the amount of time and stress that will be saved. People lose their invitation cards. When they do, you end up getting several calls asking about location, directions, etc. A website is a great way for them to get that information.
If you are interested in starting your own wedding website, there are a few things to consider.
There are two methods for a websites creation: individual programming and 'WYSIWYG' sites. The term 'WYSIWYG' stands for 'what you see is what you get', and describes a site that is build using premade code snippets. No technical knowledge is needed to create these sites. While a good resource for someone with a limited budget and no time to learn web programming, the quality of these websites are usually low. If you aren't concerned with looks and simply want to avoid hundreds of phone calls, then this method is incredibly fast and simple.
On the other hand, someone with knowledge of basic HTML will be able to make a nicer looking site relatively fast. The code will be more versatile and the site will likely look better.
Every website needs to be hosted. Hosting is the process of getting the website onto the Internet. There are many hosting websites, but they all fall into one of two categories: free and fee-based. The free ones are the most simple, and usually involve making a WYSIWYG site. The only downside is that they the free sites are supported by ads. You site will likely have flashing banners, as well as Google ads and possibly pop-ups. If you want a clean, ad free site, then you will have to pay for a hosting service. Another thing to consider is traffic. Free sites have a much lower amount of traffic they can receive each month. If you are expecting a lot of traffic, this will not work.
A hosting service that is fee based will host a website without ads. However, it will have a monthly fee. The costs for a small site like wedding sites will be approximately $5. The price is generally worth the reliable service you get.