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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.

Free website?

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:

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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., 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

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?

The easiest way to have a website is to use a hosting company that includes an easy-to-use site builder such as GoDaddy, Weebly or Wix.

Others have content management systems (CMS) that enable collaboration so that more than one person can make updates to the site. For example, I was a volunteer assistant for this type of website at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.

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.

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