Getting a Website

by Alan Neese

The In's and Out's of getting a Website

The first question that everyone that wants a website is, "Is getting a website expensive?". It stops people from even asking if they can even afford it.

I like to answer with this analogy. Do you go to the grocery store and ask them "How much is my bill going to be?". It all depends on what you buy in the grocery store. You can get out of there for $10 or you could spend $200 dollars if you wanted. Same for a website.

What do you need your website to do? If you can answer that question, then you are well on your way to getting some sort of estimate for your new website.

Overview of a Website

There are only three things to need in order to have a website on the Internet.

One - You will need a domain name.

An example of a domain name is "YouTube.com". GoDaddy sells domain names (they average about $12 per year) along with a lot of other companies. Domain names are used to identify an IP address (an example is 207.189.16.104).

If you are interested to find out what an IP address is, click here on this link. You can go to Google and search on "what is my ip address" to find out your personal IP address is.

Two - You will need a hosting site.

A hosting site is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. GoDaddy is an example. There are many hosting sites on the Internet. GoDaddy charges between $8 and $11 for an entry level hosting account.

Three - The Website files.

You need the website files (typically files with .html and .css as the extension, and image files) that make the website look nice to your visitors. That is where we come in at. After we make those files they are transferred (FTP'd) to your hosting site. Then you have an active website for everyone in the world to enjoy! The cost for the website files depends on what you want on the website. So this is a big variable.

Things to think about when running a website.

How am I going to change things on the website when I want or need to?

When things don't work correctly who is going to fix the problem?

You need to have someone that can diagnose the problem and then fix it. Most people don't have those skills. If you do, great! If not, you will be in a pickle. We also can help with these concerns.

Conclusion

The above is the stuff you need to know when you decide to get a website. If you need help, all of us at alanneese.com (that's just me) will be happy to assist you.

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