LOL, not indeed.
Whatever, I need to know something from you people now. As I am earning some money online I feel myself "money will come" confident now to invest for creating my OWN website. Here and there I have read some info about creating a website, I have thought about it a lot in last few weeks and now I am feeling tired. I need some action now.
I have my own area of expertise but not enough to operate a website for long time. So, I have decided to create a website about Bangladesh. It will contain categorised information about culture, tourism, sports, history, food, geography, politics etc.
Now I know:
*I need to buy a domain name [30$ or get it free paying 1 year] hosting at once
*I need to pay for hosting [Per month around 6$-8$]
*I can get WordPress CMS free and get free themes.
I need to know:
*Is there any additional cost after buying domain name and hosting?
*Do I need to create a good amount of content first before buying name and hosting?
*Will I create a free blog first when building the site and then move it to my own domain or take a direct approach?
*Can I customize the theme myself researching online if I have no prior idea about how to do that?
*If I need to hire some one how much it may cost?
Note: I have no experience and a very little knowledge.
Congrats on your earning $1000 ... LoL ..
Nope, I am actually here to congratulate you for making the right decision to get your own website.. and wish you the very best
Hi Saleheen. I'll answer you in the hope that an expert will tell me why I am wrong.
I looked at buying domains and hosting and then didn't bother.
I use Google Sites which is completely FREE. You sign up, set up a name, and start creating web pages using a choice of templates.
If you want to buy a domain name and point it to the website you can, but I don't see what the point is. Who cares if you are SaleHeensGreatSite or whatever - they search for terms and hopefully buy something. No one ever types a web site name in.. do they?
HTML not required.
Can have a Blog on the Website.
Can have a Response Form, really neat, people enter name, address, any info you like and it gets emailed to you privately as a spreadsheet.
Lots of other stuff.
I have been a complete failure with this BUT... it didn't cost me a penny.
Now I want someone expert to tell me why this is all wrong.
Hello, Mark. I have personally used blogger and my experience is not bad. I have earned some money also but a own website is much more authoritative, professional looking, SEO and user friendly. Moreover you have total control over it.
@Mark - You are only wrong if the person viewing your advice is just "dabbling" in site "ownership"
But for serious web presence, hosting your own site is the only way to go for many reasons, but here are a few of the basic ones:
1. You own the site, you are subject to only your rules and restrictions. Success or failure is in your hands, not tied to the fate of someone else's decisions
The turmoil going on here at hubpages, (and other sites - think eHow, etc.) is a good example of the validity of reason #1
2. Again, in referencing folks who are serious about a web presence, it may seem trivial, but it does matter, (in most cases) - IMO - searchers view stand-alone sites as being more credible and authoritative.
I think the most important reason is still - control. You control the direction of your efforts. What happens if you are successful on Google sites through a couple years of hard work and effort, and then Google discontinues that service? All your work, credibility, links - gone.
True you may still have the content, but now you have to start all over getting it found at a new web location.
But.... Google sites, HP, Weebly, and all the other sites that ALLOW you to write mini-sites, or articles still serve a valuable purpose. And for folks that aren't interested in total control of their efforts they are a good opportunity.
There is a lot more to be said for this, I just hit what I consider the basics.
Plus - It's so damn easy and inexpensive to build and host a site now, that I find it hard to consider valid reasons not to.
ps. as is obvious by my still being here on HP, sites like this are still valuable training grounds and tools.
That is some sound logic.. I am taking in everything ..thanks.
I have to agree. Before Google Sites it was Google Sitebuilder. I had a great site on there, then they changed to Google Sites and we could not take our sites with us. Why? Because they were all written in HTML (which Sitebuilder allowed, but Sites doesn't). I had a lot of custom pages I couldn't move over, so I had to find another site and set it all up again.
I have all my blogs on Blogger, but I'm moving them soon to a paid host with Wordpress, because who knows what Google will do with Blogger in the future? It's gotten so popular now that people are moving away from article sites, they may start charging. I want total control.
Yes, paid hosting sites have problems too, but you have to make sure you get one that has been around awhile and that is popular because of good service. It's worth the cost, I think. I was just playing with my blogs, but now that I'm serious, I will definitely be moving them.
What about markewbie.com?
Would you like to own a site like that?
The danger of using a free hosting service, as others have said, is that you never know what might happen. I can think of several examples. Google changed from Sitebuilder to Google Sites and people lost their websites. Yahoo used to have Geocities and then wiped it. Today.com got sold and everyone's blogs simply vanished overnight without warning.
Because if you have a website called "whatever.blogspot.com", you're stuck on Blogger. If Blogger decides to ban your account, or they make some changes that you don't like, you can't take your blog and recreate it somewhere else without losing all your credibility, because you'll have to pick a totally new name.
In my view, you should always buy your own domain name, even if you decide to risk a free hosting service. That way if disaster strikes, you can rebuild your site because its name still exists.
I agree. If you're using Wordpress or some other kind of site building software, you don't need HTML.
Try One.com, hosting is free for a year and you only pay a one off fee of £10 for the domain.. Not sure if they have easy Wordpress installation though..I'll try and find out..
10 pounds is a lot for a domain. I never pay more than $8.50 USD through GoDaddy using coupons, and there are cheaper places than that.
Plus you NEVER go for the free domain with hosting. If you change hosts, THEY own that domain, not you, and you usually have to pay some exorbitant fee to transfer it.
Two very good points Amie - Domain names should be $7.20 to $11.99 depending on dot extension.
Never never fall for the free domain name deal - then you are either stuck for life with that web host, or lose the name and start over somewhere else. You are correct - the free hosts OWN the domain name.
I think paying 10 pds a year is a deal divide that by 12 and what do we get? 0.83/mo that's a deal I'd rather pay yrly rather than monthly
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