Friday, July 16, 2010


STEP 1 - Purchase a domain name

A domain name is the unique name that identifies an internet website. (e.g.,, As the internet grows, getting the perfect domain name to represent your business may require some creativity. Most, if not all, of the more common names are already taken. You can visit sites such as or to see if the domain name you wish to use is available. You can also purchase your domain name from these domain registrars or, if you've hired a web designer to assist in the creation of your site, they can purchase the domain name on your behalf.

A domain name can typically cost between $7 and $40 for a one year registration. Once you register a domain name and continue to renew it each year, no one can use that domain name except YOU!

STEP 2 - Create a web site

Do-It-Yourself - There are many web sites out there that offer services that allow you to create your own web site online. For those of you that have no web design experience, this can be a great place to start. Costs can run from $15.00 a month and up, depending on the features you are provided.

Hire a web designer - If you do not have the time or the inclination to invest in a do-it-yourself web site, you may wish to consider hiring a web designer. While typically more costly than a do-it-yourself web site, a professional web designer can create a custom web site for your business. A professional web designer can also guide you in terms of the "look" for your web site as well as the content. Having the right content (text) on your web site is very important if you wish to appear in the popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

So, if cost is your major concern when creating a web site, a do-it-yourself service may be the best choice. Otherwise, consider speaking to a web designer about your site requirements, the services they offer and how they may be able to work within your budget.

NOTE: If you are considering an e-commerce site (selling your products or services on the internet) there are other factors to consider including site maintenance and credit card processing.

STEP 3 - Select a web hosting service

A web hosting service stores your information (web files) on a server (computer), allowing it to be seen by the world on the internet.

Pricing for web hosting varies and depends on the features offered by the web hosting service. Monthly costs for hosting can be $5.00 and up. Questions to ask your web host provider (or web designer if they provide web hosting services) include: How much web space am I allowed? How many email accounts are included? What statistics are available about my web site once it goes live? Am I under a contract or can I cancel my web hosting plan at any time?