Can 1&1 help me to create a website?
Yes. 1&1 offers powerful website building solutions that enable you to make your own website with ease. In fact, it's now simpler than ever to create your own website from scratch using 1&1 MyWebsite. To guide you during your first steps, you'll find a large pool of videos and tutorials on how to make your own website.With other professional CMS tools, like WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal, you can find an even wider range of website builder technologies and choose the features that best suit your web project – perfect for those beginning their own website success story and looking to get a running start in the online world. Create a website with functional and professional elements that your customers will want to return to again and again. Include widgets and HTML elements, flash videos and YouTube content, social networking support and a host of powerful eCommerce features when you build your own website with 1&1. Take advantage of the intuitive tools that make 1&1 MyWebsite one of the most simple and powerful website builder solutions on the market today.Our website builder enables you to save a lot of time during the setup of your website by using intuitive drag and drop functionality, simple colour scheme selection and a user-friendly tool for image editing. Easily integrate social media with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ to regularly interact with your website audience. You can also create a website and edit pages using your tablet device thanks to the brand new Touch Mode. MyWebsite is optimised for a touch-editing experience, meaning you can use all of the same desktop features of the 1&1 website builder tool to quickly and easily edit pages of your website on your tablet device too.
Do I need any previous experience or expert knowledge to use the website builder?
Can I create a website and include additional elements using HTML, CSS and PHP?
With our design templates and feature-rich 1&1 Web Apps
These days, why is it popular to set up a blog when creating a website?
When you create a website with 1&1 you will also receive our MyWebsite Blog App at no extra cost. Direct contact with your customers is an integral marketing factor for customer retention. With a blog you can regularly update customers with news and topics of interest, as well as of any new developments in your business or new products in your shop
. The blog function and the corresponding free app give you the power to create, manage and make comments on every blog entry no matter your location - even on the go. Meaning you, as website creator, can respond to your visitors anytime, and at lightning speed. You also have the ability to publish new blog entry ideas instantly. This gives you the edge when it comes to staying up-to-date and topical. You can use the free MyWebsite Blog App on Android or Apple smartphone devices.
The app enables the integration of YouTube or Vimeo videos in blog entries using various slider effects. You also receive alerts as soon as a reader comments on a blog entry, meaning you can respond much faster and you don't have to constantly check for activity yourself. Aside from maintaining relationships with your customers, a business blog also acts as a positive ranking factor for Google. Websites that regularly update content are rewarded by Google with a higher ranking. Discover the 1&1 Website Builder and Blog App: designed so that you can get the most out of your website.
How can I make a website for smartphones and tablets?
If you're considering building your own website for today's eCommerce market, you should always keep in mind how your website may appear on portable devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Website statistics show that more than 30 percent of all visitors are accessing and researching website content through mobile devices. Our website builder lets you take advantage of responsive web design to ensure that the website you create displays correctly on both computer monitors and mobile devices. Alongside responsive web design, 1&1's website builder also offers the integration of more than 300 mobile-ready Web Apps. Among the most popular is the Twitter Web App that allows you to connect your account to your website for online marketing purposes. In addition to this, you can also integrate apps from Facebook, eBay, Google+ and Amazon. Finally, if you wish to make changes to your site whilst on the move, you can also log in via your smartphone – simply visit the 1&1 Control Panel for full access.
I want to create a website with eCommerce features, is this possible?
Yes. 1&1 MyWebsite is perfect for business users looking to build a professional eCommerce site. With a variety of ready-made designs that are optimised for more than 120 business sectors, 1&1 has plenty of attractive website layouts that simply require the addition of your unique content. However, if time is really of the essence, then our website creator also includes a library of pre-written text and images that can also be included and customised in any way you see fit. Complete your website with professional website features such as Google Maps, a range of eCommerce solutions and a selection of social media widgets.For any burgeoning business, it is essential to reach as many customers as possible whilst retaining your existing customer base. Once you have taken advantage of 1&1's website builder, you can also benefit from our powerful website apps – these provide plenty of tools to inform your customers about special offers, opening times and the latest news. This means that your website can continue to grow alongside your business by adding features as and when you require them – perfect when building a site that's expected to experience continuous expansion.
What's more, the 1&1 website builder comes with ready-to-go SEO features with tailored functionality such as Rich Snippets, which help boost your Google ranking and therefore help your customers to find you quicker. With 1&1 MyWebsite, your address data is distinguished in the source code to help search engines interpret your data more effectively. As a result, search engines can generate what are known as Rich Snippets from your data in order to provide the user with the most relevant information. A knock-on effect of this is that search engines classify your website as trustworthy, giving you the chance to boost your ranking as soon as you create a website.
Can I include a professional store on my website with 1&1 MyWebsite?
The 1&1 MyWebsite and the 1&1 MyShop Premium feature allow you to quickly and efficiently integrate an online shop using the website builder. This means you can seamlessly sell your products and services through your website using a whole host of powerful features, suitable for both beginners and professionals. To begin with, you can use a store layout feature that sits comfortably with the existing design of your website. Here, you can easily add your products and services, create categories and inform your customers of your payment and delivery options. Integration with other marketplaces, such as Amazon, eBay and price comparison sites, is also possible – helping you to reach even more customers.
Once you have created your online shop with the website builder, it's easy to upload products with a variety of choices for your customers – for example, t-shirts in different sizes and colours. What's more, with full mobile optimisation for smartphones and tablets, your products will look great on whatever device they are viewed.
Both you and your customers can count on the very best security thanks to TrustedShops certification and template texts for legal terms & conditions. Full metrics are also supported when you build your shop with the website builder – allowing you to monitor current orders, sales and other information through the intuitive dashboard.
Does an eCommerce website created with the 1&1 website builder include a payment system?
The 1&1 website builder makes it easier than ever for your customers to purchase products from your eCommerce website. In addition to the 1&1 MyShop Premium feature, there is the PayPal Mini Shop, which allows you to sell your choice of products or services.
The main advantage of the PayPal Mini Shop is that your customers can continue quickly through your website's checkout because it is processed via PayPal, a hugely popular and reputable online payment provider. The benefits extend to your customers too, because they don't have to spend time creating accounts to buy your products. They can simply use their PayPal account to make a purchase in a few easy clicks. It's a win-win situation; for you, your customers and your eCommerce website.
I want to make a website to express my creative talents, is that possible using the 1&1 website builder?
Building a site that reflects your more creative side is also simple using 1&1 MyWebsite. Whether you want to showcase your art, writing, music or any other talent, 1&1's website builder has something for you. What's more, thanks to its intuitive layout and simple interface, you can be as creative with your website's design as you are with your artistic content. Choose from a range of templates targeted to your specific discipline and customise the layout until you are happy with the appearance. Next, upload your photos, videos or text to the website and you're ready to start creatively arranging your content.The new image editor in 1&1 MyWebsite gives you the creative license to simply edit your website's images to be exactly how you want them. In addition to standard features, such as cropping, rotating and adjusting brightness, you can give your images that extra something special with more than 20 effects and filters, similar to those used on Instagram. When you start to create a website and experiment with your images, the image editor always keeps your original image files safe and secure, so you can try out as many variations as you like.If creativity is not your forte but you still want to build your own website that showcases a special moment in your life, you also have access to a range of attractive templates that allow you to do this. Whether you wish to share wedding photos with friends and family or make your travel stories available to the wider world, 1&1's website builder makes it a breeze. Whatever the content of your website, you can change and adjust it in any way you want – whilst also integrating Web Apps such as a Guestbook, social widgets and RSS feeds to let your visitors communicate with you through your website.
Is it possible to embed a contact form or a forum when you make your own website?
No matter which purpose you make your own website for, some features are always useful to have. For example, a contact form is a great way for visitors to stay in touch and allows better communication through your personal website. In addition to this, a forum is a great place to answer frequently asked questions or provide continued aftercare for your products and services. Forums are also useful places to conduct polls and surveys.
Both of these elements can be easily added when being in the web design mode by using the simple drag & drop system. In this section, you will also find many other elements common to a website and by using the preview function, you can check how they sites will look on your browser once they are published. Here, you can also enhance your website with web apps such as location maps and social media connections.
Are there any security and legal aspects to keep in mind when creating a website?
When you build your website with 1&1 MyWebsite, you can expect unparalleled safety and security. Your website will be safe for visitors and your data and software will be secured against hackers and other types of data loss. What's more, when you use our website builder, you will also be safe from viruses, malware and other threats.
Our high-performance data centres are subject to German data-protection standards which are among the strictest in the world. In addition to this, your website data is secured using geo-redundant servers, to ensure maximum protection. When transmitting data through our fibre optic connections, we ensure multiple security measures through encryption and the data is passed through an external firewall.
Of course, when you are building a website you will automatically think of the legal requirements found on professional websites. 1&1 can provide the necessary legal texts that deal with this issue. Finally, should you have any further questions or issues regarding security or legal operation, our experts are on hand 24/7 through telephone or email.
The 1&1 Website Builder: how do I incorporate images and videos on my website?
It's a breeze to insert images and videos with the MyWebsite tool. Simply select "insert element" and then "basics". Now you can quickly and easily drag and drop images to insert them on your website. By using the button "edit image", you add image effects and also adjust the size, sharpness and focus. If multiple images are to be displayed in succession, then simply drag the element "image gallery" in the "image and videos" category to your site and then establish the sequence settings, such as how many seconds each image is visible before the next one appears. It's also easy to include videos as you build your own website - under "images and videos" you can display video material either as Flash Video or direct from YouTube as well as MyVideo. To embed clips from YouTube or MyVideo, you need only paste in the corresponding embed link to the video. That way your desired video is automatically linked to your website.
How to create a website and integrate social media accounts?
Integrating social networks is almost always recommended when it comes to creating a website from scratch. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, form an integral part of the daily lives of many users. For this reason, the 1&1 MyWebsite tool enables you to incorporate your desired social media platforms directly on your website. Under the category "social networks", found in the menu tab "insert element", you can choose from various social media platforms. This way, you can display Facebook posts, profile pictures and other information on your homepage, successfully linking your website together with social networks. Simply enter the URL of your Facebook page or another network to complete the process.
I want to be found through search engines. How can the 1&1 Website Builder help?
Creating a website is only half the work - high-ranking search engine results are essential to a website's performance; around 50 percent of all purchases online are made using a search engine. In addition to this, it allows people to find your website online and helps you appear ahead of your competitors. For these reasons, it's important to have a sustainable, long-term search engine optimisation strategy.
At 1&1, we provide you with all the tools you need for better search engine placement. When you create a website with us, the 1&1 Online Success Centre will take you through your existing content, helping you to ensure that it's fully-optimised for search engine rankings. This process covers all aspects including verifying whether or not your website is compliant with the current search engine guidelines for HTML coding, keyword enrichment, and regular updates of your pages, plus more. We then provide you with personalised recommendations for the long-term improvement of your search engine rankings.
How do I measure the success of my website?
Being able to measure the success of your website is key to knowing what areas need improvement. That's why when you choose the 1&1 Website Builder you'll gain access to our SiteAnalytics, so you know exactly how well your website is performing at all times. With our platform, it's possible to discover which pages are the most popular with visitors and identify pages that need to be optimised. It's also possible to view click paths to gain valuable insights into how your customers use your website, helping you to improve functionality and create a website tailored to your visitors. Included in the range of analytics are visits, visit statistics, browsers, operating systems, ISPs and referring pages. What's more, we put all this in the palm of your hand; 1&1 SiteAnalytics can now be accessed using a smartphone or other handheld device - meaning you can check your stats anywhere, anytime.