First you need a Web Host
Before you go off down the path of building a website using an HTML editor, you are going to need to get a domain and a hositng account.
Almost all web host nowadays will include the purchase of a domain name when you sign up, and it will usually be good for a year.
HOWEVER, I would like to recommend that you use a separate company like Godaddy to register the domain.
Why? Well, it gives you the kind of control over the domain that a lot of host don’t provide. Also, if someday down the road you want to leave your host, all you need to do is login to your Godaddy domain manager and change where the domain is pointing. You are in control.
Its only about $10-15 a year, and WELL worth it. Again, most host will provide this, so if you want to deal with only one company…then by all means take advantage of it, but if you can afford the extra $10 use Godaddy.
This is probably one of the most critical decisions that you will have to make. As long as you are not going the FREE route, changing a host is not that bad, but making sure you are on the right hosting platform from the get-go will save you a lot of pain down the road.
There are several things you should look for when choosing a host…besides cost.
First and foremost should be easy of use, professional and an outstanding reputation. (Careful using “Hosting” review sites… they rank based on the highest affiliate payout 😉
- Diskspace – Amount of space you are allowed on the hosting sever. Should be UNLIMITED.
- Monthly transfer – Amount of traffic you can support. Again, should be UNLIMITED.
- FTP access- Need to be able to directly access your file using an FTP program.
- Control Program – Looking for a HUGE control panel for managing every aspect of your website. From email to sql databases.
- Tutorials with Audio and Video support -This is a big key to the better companies. They take the time to build good tutorials for their products. They are interested in you succeeding because if you don’t, then they don’t make money…and the ones with better tutorials “Get That”.
- Email – Once you have a domain (either through Godaddy or your new host) email is setup in the hosting control panel. The more difficult part of email, is not setting up an account…but actually understanding how to retrieve it from your email client (outlook, AOL, gmail etc. ) I’m building a page that will cover that a little more, but most host nowadays (again the ones with better tutorials) will walk you through setting that up step-by-step.
- Website Builder / Templates
Recommended Hosting Companies
This is the hosting company I use for this website, as well as, most of my clients at SiteDesignZ. EXCELLENT customer support, up-time and affordable.
A full hosting company that also has the benefit of using BlueVoda their website editing tool. Although the editor only works with VodaHost, as a hosting company, they are top notch.
A hosting company with longevity. They have been around for a long time and have worked out a lot of bugs. A strong and stable hosing company with a lot of advanced tools.
This was my host before HostGator. I only moved because HostGator had a better reseller option of hosting my companies websites. If not for that, I never would have moved. I loved this hosting company.
Relatively new, but feature packed and extremely affordable. They offer all the services of a full hosing company at the cost of a “free” hosting company. Worth a try only if you are really strapped in your budget.
Hosting Companies I DONT RECOMMEND for DIY Websites:
- Network Solutions
- 1&1 Hosing
Tools for Building your Website
Now that you have a hosting account and a domain, you need a way to build the website.
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Expression Studio (Microsoft)
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