I will never forget how confusing it was for me when I needed my first website for a book I’d written. The web-design companies I approached were quoting ridiculously high charges for a very simple project. Fortunately, I bumped into an old school-friend who published websites and he helped me out and showed me that the entire process wasn’t as difficult as some of the web-design experts were trying to claim. If you want to get a website off the ground, here are the main things you need to think about.
In simple terms the domain name is the name of your website. I can advise you on suitable domain names and extensions (.com, .co.uk, .net etc.). If you are targeting customers in a specific location (e.g. United Kingdom) then a .co.uk domain name may be more suitable. For a site targeting visitors around the world, then a .com domain may be preferable. It will all depend on what you are trying to achieve with your site. For free, no-strings-attached advice, drop me an email.
Once you have decided on a domain name, you will need a hosting service. This is where your website will ‘live’ on the internet. Many hosting companies offer a package which includes a free domain name. Whilst these packages can be good value in the short-term, I always advise my clients to keep their domain names and hosting with different companies. This makes things much easier for you if, at a later stage, you decide to move to another host or domain registrar. I speak from bitter experience when I set up my first site years ago. Everything was fine until the site got bigger and attracted more visitors. My hosting was no longer suitable but because I had the domain name and the hosting package with the same company, moving to a new host was a painful experience. I learnt my lesson the hard way and don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did when I first set out.
If you have any questions about setting up a domain name or which hosting account you should choose, please contact me. Even if you decide you don’t wish to use me to design your site or write content for you, I will still offer free advice about domain name registration and hosting.
I will explain to you in layman’s terms what you need for your site. I won’t bamboozle you with talk of 500MB of web-space and 5GB of bandwidth. What is right for one person’s website, might not necessarily be right for you. I remember how confusing it was for me when I set up my first website so I want to make the whole process easy for you.
Naturally, I hope that you do decide to use me to either design or write for your site, but there is no obligation to do so.
Prices start from £199. Contact me for an individual quote.