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Hosting The Content

After creating your content, the next step is to host the content on the Internet. One problem: most small businesses cannot afford the cost of purchasing a dedicated web server and renting high speed Internet access lines.

The solution is simple. Rent space on a computer that's already connected to the Internet. Thanks to cheaper hard disk drives, storage space is widely available at very little cost. You should be able to locate a hosting service for as little as $10-20 per month, depending on features and extras.

Domain Names

As part of your hosting solution, you will also want to register a unique domain name for your website. The domain name allows your customers to enter a shorter and easier to remember address to your website. Having your own domain name also will make any future changes of hosting services much less difficult.

Domain names are licensed for $35 per year. While a domain name can be registered with any of the six authorities, it is best for novices to register a domain name through their chosen web hosting service. Registering through a hosting service ensures that required domain name servers (DNS) are quickly and properly configured - a technical nightmare for both techies and non-techies. Most reputable hosting services assist in the registering of domain names at no extra cost.

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