Guide to Starting Your Own Web Site
If you have a hobby, business or family in this day and age there is
almost no excuse for not having a web site. Web sites are now for
more than just techie geeks and large companies.
As a web developer I have built coutless web sites, but for personal
use as well as many coporate clients. Below are a few links to
web companies that I personally go out of my way to do business with,
they offer the best proces and features, no matter what size your web
Small Business Owner
Running your own business is often a very tough job, and one of the
most difficult tasks you face it in trying to appear as professional
and legitimate as possible. In my experience once of the fastest ways
to ruin your illusion of size and experience is to do business under a
generic email account, like firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many ways to buy your own domain (web
Address) and get your own email address, with your business name in
it. You should do this right away if you are thinking about
getting business cards.
Registering a Web Site Name (Domain)
When you are trying to come up with a name, it helps to use a service
like godaddy below to search and see if your domain is available.
If you cannot find the exact domain you are looking for I
recommend going with a domain that is as close to your business name as
possible. While it may end up being long, it will be much easier
to spell and give to clients. Nothing is more frustrating that
trying to guess the web address of a company that is using an address
that is nothing like their name.
I have provided a few links below to find a place to go buy an web
domain and set up your email. If your thinking about just setting up an
email account for now, and you are not ready to set up a web site, I
strongly recommend that you buy a web domain through godaddy.com.
They are very easy to use and offer great prices (around $9 a
year). Some other web domain registraars charge up to $30 for the
Full Fledged Web Site
If you are ready to do both a web site and a personalized email address
then you have the option of registering your web domain thoughyour
hosting company. The two hosting companies I have recommended
below offer a nice deal of domain registrations. This simplifies
the process, however the down side is if you ever change web hosts you
have to go through the process of transfering your domain to another
registraar, which while not difficult can be time consuming. For
an small business just starting up that is on a tight budget I would
recommend that you let your hosting company handle the registration for
you. If are a larger small business then I would recommend that
you register your domain through a dedicated registraar like GoDaddy.
Godaddy provides other services besides registering your domnain,
however you will only want to sign up for that. Do not select any
of the other options they offer INCLUDING Email or
hosting. This will all be handled by your hosting company.
Family Web Site or Hobbyist
One of the best reasons to start up a web site as a family (especially
one that lives in different cities or states) OR as a hobbyist is that
it provides you with a central place to share pictures, newletters, get
together schedules, etc. While there are many services out there
that you can use to do some of these things, few let you do it all in
one place and all have limits on usage, like the number of pictures you
can share online, or the file size.
Great Free Web Site Software
As hard as it is to believe some of the best software out there to run
on your web site, for picture galleries, message boards, etc is
free. The hosting companies I have recommended below both offer
quite a few of these ready to use. This means you can add many
increadible features to your web site for free without having to know
anything about web programming. Most of it has been writted in
php (a web scripting language) and requires a web server the supports
php and mySQL Database server. Both of the hosting companies I
recommend below support these technologies.
Full Features Web Site - with ZERO Code
One of the coolest web site applications out there is Mambo.
Mambo is a full-featured content management system that can be used for
everything from simple websites to complex corporate
applications. You can check out some of the web sites made with
Other Great Scripts
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