::... THE 5 COSTS OF HAVING A WEB
- Domain Name-
This is your Web Address (i.e. www.yourname.com) also known
as your URL or Uniform Resource Locator. This is the address
people type in to find your website on the Internet. Obviously
you would like to have it as easy for people to remember
and type as possible. It is recommended to keep the address
to less than 10 or 12 characters, and use words that are
easily typed. Double letters, and commonly misspelled words
prevent people from finding your website easily.
Your web address
breaks down into 3 distinct parts. Each part is separated
by a period (in geek lingo, a dot)
- WWW stands for World
Wide Web and is a very common first part to you address,
though you can have others.
- The second part is the
most worrisome, the name that people need. Preferably
you can get your name right into the address, though
with the growth of the internet, many of the most common
are already taken.
- And last is your domain
identifier. The most common “Top Level” domain extensions
are .com for commercial businesses; .org for non-profit
companies; .net for Internet providers; .edu for education;
and .gov for US government entities. There are a variety
of others, however they typically designate an entity/website
outside of the US. Examples of this are .uk for the
United Kingdom, .to for the Republic of Tongo, and .aus
are registered through several different naming agencies
for a fee of $35.00 per year with a 2-year minimum. This
gives you exclusive rights to that name for the time you
pay for, and you get renewal options at the end of each
Web site design costs can go from the “Do-It-Yourself Web
Page”, to thousands of dollars in custom programming and
design. This is really dictated by what the purpose of your
website is, and how much and what you want your website
to do. This is probably the hardest part of the getting
a site on the web. A Web designer can charge by the hour,
or by the project. Hourly and project rates are based on
the complexity of the design work.
This is the cost to have your web page appear on the Internet.
It typically resides within a specialized Internet Web Server.
This company will have a high-speed connection to the Internet,
and takes care of any maintenance involved with that equipment.
Internet providers vary in cost based on what services they
are providing. Services such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP),
Mail, and filtering, may or may not be included, or may
be available for an additional charge. These services may
or may not be necessary for your website, so consider these
into the costs of service. You need to look for what is
supported by your Hosting provider. Support for Microsoft
FrontPage extensions, CGI scripts, and Java scripts need
to be considered based on what is being designed into your
web page. You must also consider how much storage space
you are allowed to have for your site. Graphic files, music,
moving pictures and other multimedia files take exponentially
more file space than does text, but 10 Megs should be a
great start for most pages. In addition, the old adage,
"you get what you pay for" certainly rings true. There are
many companies offering "Free" hosting for your web pages.
These companies often make money by placing advertising
on your web page. These ads are not under your control whatsoever,
and may contain competitive products, offensive ads, or
It is very possible for you to have your
own web server, however along with that comes costs such
as, the price of equipment, the monthly fees for high bandwidth
internet connections, and the maintenance that comes with
the equipment as well as computer programs required to run
those machines. Consider what your site is worth to you
to have it up 24/7/365. This type of connectivity is almost
impossible outside a dedicated hosting center.
This is the charge for any additions, subtractions, changes,
etc to your page. The way your page is designed will dictate
how complex making changes are. You may be able to do maintenance
yourself, but keeping your page up to date with information
can be simple, or extremely complex.
A very common question is how do people find my site in
Search Engines such as Yahoo, or Google. The answer to that
is an extremely complex equation of differing methods of
"Search Engine Submission." Each individual search engine
(there are over 1300, of which 12 - 15 make up 85-90 percent
of what is used) operates in their own way. Some allow you
to submit your site for their review and placement, others
will allow you to purchase spots for high rankings, others
require "clicks" to increase your ranking. This can be done
internally, realizing the sheer amount of time and effort
involved. If you require high placement in search engines,
please allow us to consult with you to determine the best
course of action for your particular needs.
We offer multiple
hosting packages to meet your needs:
*Price is based
on Annual prepayment, for Monthly billings, add $5 per month
to the price. Email only packages are only available with annual
All packages require
a $35/one-time setup fee for each domain name configured
$10 per year +
a one-time $10 registrar fee. - This represents a $25/year savings
over Network Solutions.
Please use this
tool to verify if the domain name you like is available.
Use the following form to perform a query exclusively on the
InterNIC database (which includes the ".com", ".net", and ".org"
top level domain names). Not only can you determine whether
a domain name you desire is already in use, but you can find
contact names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, and telephone
numbers. Simply enter the appropriate identifier (such as a
domain name, NIC handle, etc) in the entry field below and select
the "Query" button.
The default action (unless directed
otherwise by entering a specific domain name or NIC handle),
is to do a very broad search, looking for matches in all types
of records and most fields (name, nickname, hostname, net address,
etc) in the database. For more information, enter "help" in
the entry field above and select the "Query" button.