The Website Process
Things to Consider
Sure you need a website? Maybe all you need is a Web space for displaying photographs and communicating with people. If so, check out one of the many social networking sites. But, if you need a website, consider the information on this page. Note: links on this page open in a new window.
How about a free website? In addition to paid hosting plans, several companies also offer free plans as long as you use their name in your domain name. Here are a four examples:
Chosen a domain name?
One of the first things to decide on is a domain name, which gives your site a location or address on the Internet (e.g., clivesoden.com). Domain name registration fees are typically around $15 per year. Some hosting companies allow you to have a free domain name that includes their name along with yours, such as clivesoden.weebly.com.
Note: If you have a website developer (such as me) register your domain name for you, make sure you get the password to the account so you keep complete control over your domain name.
Found a hosting company?
Others have content management systems (CMS) that enable collaboration so that more than one person can make updates to the site. For example, I’m a volunteer assistant for this type of website at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.
Many hosting companies allow you to choose from a variety of website programs such as WordPress. The WordPress website America's Landscaping was designed by someone who allowed me to have a login account for maintaining and updating the site.
This website Katherine Thamer Treherne is one that I developed and gave the owner procedures so that she can update and maintain the site herself.
Note: If you have a website developer (such as me) sign you up with a Web hosting company, make sure you get the login information for the account so you keep complete control over your site.