–Guest Blogger – Charles Cooper
Building and maintaining a website can be a challenging and taxing experience, and is something that not everybody knows how to go about starting. There are, of course, various outlets for people who only want to set up amateur web pages with minimal content, but these are often unprofessional, and rarely generate significant traffic. Then there are blog sites and social networking opportunities for people who only want to get their thoughts and comments to friends, or to limited interested parties. However, if you are seeking to really build a real, professional looking website with a standard domain name (such as anything that uses .com, .net, .org, etc.), you may need help from a company like Network Solutions or someone similar.
Network Solutions’ “nsHosting” is its own system for domain hosting from which you can build your own, real website. The first and perhaps most crucial start-up service offered by a company like Network Solutions is a simple and easy to use step-by-step guide to choosing a domain name. You will be able to search the name you’re hoping to use and see if it is available or for sale, and eventually you will be able to spend whatever money you are willing to invest to purchase the domain name you wish to use for your site. Once that happens, the name is yours and you can begin to build your site around it.
Web hosts also offer various levels of web hosting that can be purchased for your site. For example, if you are only starting a small, start-up web site that won’t need to grow, your fee (for data storage, email accounts, etc. associated with your site) will generally be relatively small. The larger you need your website to be, in terms of storage and data transfer ability, the more you will need to pay – sometimes the highest available package offers practically unlimited space on your website, which can be useful if you’re starting a major business or expect a huge amount of traffic. Finally, some sites also offer a deal in which you pay an annual fee or something similar in exchange for unlimited web hosting, meaning you could set up as much as you want under just that one fee.
You have a great deal of freedom when starting a new website, because you’re putting something into existence that has never been out on the Internet before. But often, it is difficult to know where to start the process. Companies like Network Solutions offer simple services to make the process go more smoothly, and to help you make the best website possible.
(Disclaimer – this article was written by Charles Cooper and I have been compensated for placing it in my blog. I was domain customer of Network Solutions before they approached me, because I’d heard positive comments about their services.)