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    My friend is starting up her own business and would like to be able to have a website. So I would like to ask all you nerdy computer people (and perhaps those not so nerdy lol):

    How do they work/What do you have to do?
    Can you recommend any?
    Any tips etc?


    Thanks

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    If she wants to make it look as professional as possible, she will likely need to pay for some web hosting and a domain name at least. You can get shared hosting from about $6 or so per month, a .com.au domain name can be around $30 per 2 years, a .com domain name can be around $10 per year give or take.

    Depending on her requirements, Wordpress is usually a good choice for a content management system for beginners - it's easy to set up (especially with hosting with cPanel, which has Simple Scripts and allows you to install wordpress with 1 click) and is quite intuitive. Wordpress is at its core a blogging platform, but has been used for other types of sites as well, some of which don't include blogs (although from an SEO perspective having a blog on a site or at least a news section is great).

    You say that it's a small business, so I imagine she wouldn't be expecting tons and tons of traffic go be going through to the site, am I right? If so, shared hosting should suit her just fine - something like Hostmonster or Dreamhost. They're fairly cheap. Shared hosting means that her website will be hosted on the same server as several other sites. It will be sharing the resources with those other sites - this can cause slower loading times if one site is hogging up more resources than the rest. The host usually rectifies this by taking that site offline until the issue can be resolved so that the rest of the sites on the server can continue operating. If she finds that she's getting a very high number of visitors she might need to consider a virtual private server or a dedicated server, but these are more expensive.

    Actually, on a related note: I'm setting up my consulting website through which I will offer shared hosting and CMS (like Wordpress) installations/setup/etc. I've been meaning to offer my services free of charge to a couple of projects. If your friend is interested I'd be happy to host the site for her for free in exchange for a testimonial (if she's happy with the service, that is).
    Last edited by Liza; 06-15-2010 at 01:33 PM.

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    Oh my, that is all double dutch to me lol

    Thanks Liza, I'll pass that info on she'll probably understand a bit more than me. She went to a seminar a few weeks ago on this sort of thing. I'm afraid this is beyond me
    Last edited by Loren; 06-15-2010 at 05:06 PM.

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    if sh is doing it herself freewebs is easy and takes you through step by step., Ihave also been told bravenet ok too other then that no clue
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    There's some places that offer a semi customised domain name like thisisme.blogspot.com but a better solution - more long term and portable is to register your own domain name based on your business name.

    So a .com.au domain name is around $60 for two years, if you ditch the .au - you can have three years with a .com or a .net but Australians will find it slightly more difficult to find an Australian business. My personal one is a .net but people keep putting .au on the end and their communications go in the bit bucket. So it would be a hazard if you're trying to make money.

    Hosting - there's free hosting around but what you can do with it is often limited.

    A fairly straight forward and popular with my geeky friends is clickngo.com.au which got bought out by distributeIT in Melbourne - which used to have the monopoly on registering domain names with .au - but there are others now. Clickngo is currently offering three months free web hosting - which would make starting from scratch fairly easy.

    A big source of geek advice on these kinds of things would be whirlpool.net.au, you could do a google site search for best web hosting or domain name registrar eg
    into google
    best domain name registrar site:forums.whirlpool.net.au

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