GET A DOMAIN
To start you need to settle on a domain name. This will be the URL address/location for your website. You can purchase a domain at various websites such as www.godaddy.com for about $10.
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CHOOSE YOUR HOSTING PROVIDER
Renowned providers include www.networksolutions.com, www.godaddy.com and www.1and1.com to name a few. You can set this up yourself or have someone reliable set it up for you. More information about choosing a hosting provider can be accessed on our website hosting page.
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CHOOSE A WEBSITE DESIGN COMPANY
Make sure you know what you are getting before you pay. You should have a website layout and design agreed upon before any transaction has taken place. Make sure that the fee includes the coded design and that you will receive a copy of all files. If you are purchasing a flash site and you receive a .swf file but not a .fla file, then you will not be able to modify your site in the future. If your website developer is not going to transfer all files to you upon payment, then another developer is recommended. It is best to get this information in writing before any transaction has been made.
MAINTAIN YOUR SITE
Many people choose to update their site on their own, which is very reasonable. If you do update your site, be sure to back up all your files before you make changes. If you will not be updating your site yourself, be sure to ask your website designer about their maintenance fees.