said 1 year ago:
To learn from my experience and that of many of my clients, stay away from do-it-yourself website solutions. As attractive as they may be you will find yourself in a hole with regret after the site doesn’t perform well. I’m not saying to hand-code it either. WordPress.org self-hosted is the way to go.
Site Build It is terrible. You will have it for a year or two, want to make improvements and addons and find out you cannot. I’ve already moved 2 clients away from it into WordPress and both never looked back. Site Buid It is modular/template driven – not a bad thing, just the code they use is from the 1980′s era of markup and just plain awful. Also, if you want anything custom, you’re screwed. You can’t custom modify their template system – and important thing to do for proper SEO.
I’m a WordPress developer and designer. I used to hand-code all of my websites a long time ago but learned WordPress is by far the best system I’ve come across for low cost, fast web development. WordPress is also highly SEO-friendly out of the box and easily convertible into a full blown Content Management System website. You also will want to host your own WordPress site.
DO NOT get a WordPress.com account either! It is a free blog service, but like Site Build It, you cannot modify it and you cannot have a single domain name for it either. WordPress.org is Open Source and free to use since 2003. It is community-driven, well-maintained and when installed right, it is very secure.
My last piece of advise: get someone knowledgeable with web development and SEO to do it for you. Not pushing my wares on you, just telling you the hard honest truth. Save your time for things you do well and forget about building your own site. You will find your investment was well-spent when your site performs as planned.
Hope this helps.