Alternative One (Personal Site)
DON'T spend any money (at least at first).
I would even suggest this for someone who is designing their own business
site. There are just two many places on the net offering
great Free Hosting and Design Packages. If you are going to be
using the better software at some point don't you think you should be
able to figure out these easy-building, free hosting sites? At
least get a site out there before going for the gold with that huge
Here are a couple of mine: [new
Yes. The URLs
are longer and not as attractive to the eye but, take my word for it,
you should be able to use one of these sites before trying to design
your own from scratch. Otherwise don't even try doing it using
PageMill or FrontPage.
http://www.tripod.com/ and sign up
for a free website. Read the instructions. All the answers
are there. Have questions? Use the online help or drop me an
email (email@example.com) , I'll
try to help.
That's it. Use that email address
above and send me the link. I'll add it to my ever expanding
more about this
The free hosts show banners and other types of ads to your
visitors. They make money from each ad. Otherwise there
would be no reason for them to offer free hosting. No problem. These
sites show up on the search engines. They allow you to display
anything: music, photos, stories, etc. You can even accept accept credit cards as
payment for products advertised. Use PayPal. We do. It's free and
you only need a checking account.
You can optimize your
pages for inclusion in all the search engines. Find out about it
at my site about search engine optimization:
Do this before you
try to figure out which program to buy for $199.00 (I use
FrontPage 2002), which hosting company to use for up to
$49.95/month (I'll host you for $7.95/month), where to register your
domain name for up to $35.00/year (I use GoDaddy.com-$8.95/year), which
merchant bank to register for credit card services at up to $199.00/year
service charge and 25‰/charge.
You see. There are a lot of things to consider before even
thinking about starting to learn how new software runs. Phew...
I suggest using Tripod as a free
web design hosting site. It is pretty easy, but... be
prepared to learn something. ;-)