There is a lot to think about before setting up a Internet website. Here are a few things to consider before you set up your site. Of course, not all of the following factors may apply to your website needs. Examine the list of suggestions and evaluate your own requirements.
What Is The Purpose Of Your Site?
Is it personal… like a personal blog site where you just shares personal information or thoughts with family and friends? Is it a personal site you hope will grow into a business site? Is it a site where you want promote an “Brick and Mortar” business? Or, is it your purpose to have an Internet business site or one that will promote a Internet business site?
What Does It Cost To Build and Maintain A Web Site?
Some personal sites are free. If you use formats such as Blogger, WordPress.com or Type Pad. You sign up and use their services for free. However, keep in mind.. you will not own your site. You are a guest in their space.
If you own your site, there are expenses that you will incur. However, “Online” business costs are minimal but necessary. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can set up a successful site for free. The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” really applies to building a website, supporting an offline business or building an online enterprise.
We like using WordPress.org. This platform allows you the benefit of owning your own site. You are not under any limitations that free sites impose.
Your Basic Expenses
Domain Name: We recommend purchasing your name from Go Daddy, a very reliable company. They offer many important features that are included in your domain purchase like forwarding. Less expensive domain companies charge you for the extra features. It looks good up front but it can become costly.
Even though you can purchase your domain for less than $10.00, one year at a time a time, it is wise to register your domain for two years. It is thought, Google takes you more seriously when they look at your site. None the less… you will need to renew your domain name every year or every other year. About $10.00 a month or $20.00 for two years.
Hosting: You will need a hosting account. We recommend Secure Web Hosting From Siteguarding. There are so many advantages of going with a large reliable company. Don’t be fooled by the low costs of an less known company. Your hosting will cost you from $7.00 per month to $20.00 per month, depending upon the plan you choose. Count on $70.00 to $120.00 per year.
1. Creating Your Own Website: If you use a free WordPress theme and set the site up yourself, creating a web site is Free. It is true that the learning curve may bring some blood, sweat and tears. time… and more blood, sweat and tears.
2. Out Sourced Website Creation: The costs of having someone set up your WordPress site can range from $100 to $3,000. It depends upon the complexity of the site. A simple site set can have the features you want, but you will be adding them yourself. A complex site has many pages, back end additions and is considered a “Deep” site with custom made features.
Once you have your WordPress site established, there may be some additional costs if you need help along the way with technical issues. Depending up the issue, help usually runs from $35.00 a session.
An E-mail – Autoresponder Service
If you plan to build a list of clients or customers, you will need an E-mail service that will keep track of your database. The service will also send out your e-mails. All you have to do is type the message once…click a button… and it will be delivered, whether you have a list of 10 or 10,000.
There are several free services out there, but we recommend Aweber. Again… reliable companies are worth their salt even though they charge. There is a monthly fee of $20.00 with a list numbering up to 500. Prices increase step by step as more folks are added to your list.
Do do the math. For just a few dollars a month, you can own your own site and manage it without limitation.