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How can I get a website to promote my business?

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There are several different methods you can use to create a website to promote your business. You can spend literally thousands of dollars or you could get it for free. Your goals and resources will determine the best choice for you. Most businesses find a medium ground in the middle though.

If you have no budget, then you may want to look into finding a way to put a website together for free. However, you will find that you get what you pay for in most instances.

If you are already a customer of Comcast or some other ISP provider, you may find that they will host a website for you without charge. You will need to create a page or two for them before they can begin hosting. You could even subscribe to MySpace.com or some similar provider and create a page there. However, your customers will easily be able to see that you are using a free service and may wonder what kind of a business you run if you can't afford to purchase a professional website.

You can also find fairly cheap sites that will let you make a website and host it for you. For instance, TipTopWebsite.com will allow you to create a website for $5 a month that has 5 pages and 5 photos on it. You can make the website by yourself without any computer support and have it running in 60 minutes. You will be able to pick and choose form several choices how you want your pages to look. However, it will be fairly generic site that you may not be able to add all the features you want.

The next step in the hierarchy of websites is to purchase your own Uniform Resource Locator or URL and create your own custom website. You can purchase a URL and host it at many different locations for a fairly reasonable price. For instance, GoDaddy.com will let your register a URL and host it under $25 for a year. You will have to create your own site though. However, this can also be done fairly reasonably. The language to create a website is taught in high school. You could hire a teenager or go to a local computer support place and hire them to set up your site for $50 to $100 depending on how elaborate you want it to be.

The last step would be to go to a local web developer and have them build your website. This option will be the most dynamic, but it will also be your most expensive option too. You can get just about anything you want included on your site that you need. You can have them create you business logo and have that included also. The options are endless. You will probably want them to host your web page also. If your products change from time to time, you will need to make changes to your web page.

Also, remember to have them create the web page in a format that you can manage. For instance, if you are a Realtor, you will need to change houses on a constant basis. They can create the web page to have an administrative portion that will allow you to upload and erase pictures. This will allow you to manage the site without having to pay fees to the web developer to make changes each time a house is sold.

In summary, you have many options to put a web page together and have it hosted. However, you will want to find the option that best fits your budget because you get what you pay for.

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