If you've looked around the web lately, you may be thinking
that everyone else has a web site except you. Well, here's a quick primer to
getting an online presence.
What is the purpose of your site? As you've seen from roaming
the internet there are many sites with little value out there. Maybe you have
an idea for a new online business or just want to put up a personal site with
interesting information. The most successful sites have content that is unique
and interesting. Most people get on the internet to find out some type of
information. If you can provide needed information it will build traffic to
The domain name is your identifier on the internet. It
is linked to an IP address (ie. 126.96.36.199) so that people can actually
find your site without remembering a string of numbers. Choose a domain name
that is appropriate and descriptive of what your site is all about. A year
ago domain names had to be registered for 2 years minimum at a cost of $70
per year. Now the prices range from $20 to $50 per year.
Now you need a place to actually put your site. Most
internet service providers provide free areas to there members for web sites.
These are usually small and quite limited in their features. When you decide
to move up to a more professional sized site with more features they usually
charge between $45 and $100 per month. That is where dedicated web hosting
companies can provide greater value. Check out our features
and hosting plans.