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First, Let's get rid of the burning question....

Most of the inquiries are from people asking about pricing information to get a web site.  Most people are not interested in per hour this and per hour that, but "Bottom line.  What is this going to cost me?".

The final price of a website is hard to determine, especially not knowing anything about the functionality of the web site, the content (graphics, animation, special effects), or how big of a site is needed.  A new web site can cost anywhere from $100 to, on rare occasion, tens of thousands of dollars.  If you aren't looking for e-commerce capabilities (credit card processing), we have designed websites for small businesses from $300 to $600.  It all depends on how much information you want to publish  on the site, the functionality, and the complexity of custom graphics you would like to publish.  A small site with 4 pages, an order form, and a few graphics will run you between $400 for simple order forms, on up to $2000 or more for a detailed product line. A simple page just to establish a presence on the web, show your prices and hours, and contact you by email can run as little as $100.

Following is a general step by step explanation to help you understand what will be required to get you up and going on the internet.  There have been links provided to give you access to the services needed.  However, you are in no way obligated to use these services, and are free to use any service you want.  Just be sure the hosting provider you select can support the functions you expect of your web site.

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Your Personal Web Address

Now that you have decided to make a web presence, the next step is deciding if you want your own Personal Web Address, also known as a domain name (www.yourname.com).  This is the address people will type in to reach your web site.  This is also referred to as a URL.

If you are a business, you should without a doubt get a domain name.  Please continue to the section on ' Your Domain Name Search '.

If you are looking to create a personal web site, and you are wanting a site with your name (www.yourname.com), please continue to the section on 'Your Domain Name Search .  If not,  your work is pretty much done!  Many Internet Service Providers (ISP's) allocate space for their users to put a personal web page or site.  Unless your site is going to be very extensive with a lot of graphics or business oriented, the space they offer  is generally sufficient.  Your next step is your Web Site Design .

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Your Domain Name Search

Before you can register a domain name, you need to research the name you have decided on to make sure it hasn't already been taken.  This can be your common name, your business name, or whatever you like.  It is best to try and come up with a name which is relevant to the expected content of your site (or business name) and easy to remember.  Visitors come back more often if they can associate your name with your site.

When you have decided on your domain name that you would like you can execute a domain name search .  This search will check the internet and tell you if the domain name you have selected has been used.  If so, you will need to think of acceptable alternatives and research those names also.  If the domain name you have selected has not yet been used, you are ready to register your domain name.

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Domain Name Registration

Domain name registration is a relatively painless process.  The hardest part here is the wait, which is typically two or three days.

Prior to the registration of your domain name, you should determine if you need a domain hosting company.  If you aren't quite ready for a website yet, you don't need a domain host at this time.  You may be in a situation where you have the perfect domain name for your business and know you want a site in the future, but now just isn't the time.  To secure your domain name for future use, you can reserve or 'park' the domain name.  In addition to the domain registration fee, you would pay a small one-time fee to Network Solutions and that's it!  Later, when you are ready to get a site going, your domain name will be ready and waiting!

If you are ready to create a site, then you will need a domain host.  During the registration process, billing information is acquired about your site, in addition to where it will 'live' or 'reside'.  A domain hosting company does exactly that...provides a place for your site to 'live'.  In exchange you pay 'rent' for your site to live on their server.  This is typically a monthly charge, and is not related to the domain registration fee.

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Web Site Design

As mentioned earlier, once you have initiated the registration process you will have a few days. Until then you can make plans on what you want your web site to look like.  That's where we come in!  Even if you don't know the answer to this question yet, we'll be happy to come up with a few suggestions.  If you already know what you want, we can put it together for you and have it ready to publish when your domain has been established.  With a logo, some textual content, and suggestions on your company colors, your site will be up in no time!

Look around and see what we have to offer.  If you want something specific as far as graphics or animation you can't find, let us know what it is.  If we have it we will put it up so you can see it!  Also, while reviewing our site, feel free to visit the web sites located on the right side of the screen.  These are web sites we have recently completed, and may give you a few ideas.  Also check the special effects and animation on the left side of the screen for a few examples of what you can use for your site.

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