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Web Site Basics

Just getting started on the web can be overwhelming! Without someone to explain things to you, you can feel like you're lost in the woods. Below are answers to some questions that are asked on a regular basis.

I think it’s time my business or organization had a web site. What do I need?

You typically need three things to have a web site:
1. A place to store your web site (either in-house or through an Internet service provider),
2. A name for your site (either a host name or a domain name), and
3. HTML pages and graphics to make up your site.

Do I need a computer or computer skills to have a web site?

Not at all. It is possible to have a web site without having a computer, equipment to access the Internet, or any computer skills. There are companies who have web sites that rely on the telephone to receive contacts from their site.

How much does a web site cost?

It varies. To get your web site going, you probably will incur two separate costs -- one for the Internet service provider or online service to host your site and one for the web site designer to develop the site.

How much does an account with an Internet service provider cost?

The cost for an account with an Internet service provider varies. Fees for web hosting have come down tremendously from when the Internet was first starting out. We can set you up with a reliable web host at a cost of about $100 per year.

How much does it cost to have someone design a site for me?

The cost for web site design also varies. You can set up the site yourself using a word processor or simple web building program. If you choose this route, plan on spending quite a bit of time learning to get your site to look professional. Creating a professional looking web site is not as simple as typing a letter.

If you hire a designer, expect to find a wide range of costs. Web site designers range from marketing and advertising firms to computer programmers to people with no training looking to make some extra money, so choose carefully. Fees will vary widely, and the most expensive web site developer is not necessary the best one.

Our fees vary depending on the amount of content, number of graphics to be created, Internet technologies used by the site, and complexity of the site. In all cases, we guarantee that we can create a professional looking web site that works with your budget. While we service large corporate sites, we cater to small businesses and organizations, giving them an equal footing on the Internet with the large companies who may have massive amounts in their advertising budget.