Building a Website

by Dick Evans www.rwevans.com

I believe my hosting company, www.evanshosting.com offers the best options for creating and maintaining a site. But first lets take a look at some free options.

Blogger.com allows you to create a blog site at no cost. They offer a number of useful templates to choose from and make it easy to add pages to the site turning it into a website with a blog instead of just a blog.

You address would be yourname.blogspot.com with  yourname being whatever you like as long as it has not already been used by someone else. Here is an example of a website built using blogger. http://fgbmfi-ri.blogspot.com/ 

If you are a church or Christian fellowship, I offer a free site on ApostolicNet.com. Your address would be yourname.apostolicnet.com. I would set up the site and maintain it, You would bave no access to doing so yourself. This is usually a good option for getting a presence on the web, but requiring little in the way of maintenance.

Here is an example of one of these free sites: http://oasis.apostolicnet.com/ 

Weebly.com is a site that allows you to build a free site on their servers. Your address would be yourname.weebly.com. The building is pretty easy with the many templates they have available to choose from.

Here is an example of a free Weebly site: http://gracehavenfl.weebly.com/ 

Webstarts.com is another fee one that is easy to build using their many templates. Like the others, you address would be yourname.webstarts.com.

Here is an example of one of their sites: http://pggoodmanfhaconsultants.com/ 

With Evans Hosting you purchase a domain name right up front for $15 a year. So you address is www.yourname.com. You also will have a business site with unlimited space for $5 a month. So total annual cost is $75. This includes email addresses with your domain name.

You can add your own domain name to the free ones, but at a higher annual cost. Adding a domain name for a blogger site cost from $10-$15 per year through Evans Hosting. If you want your own domain name it will cost $30 per year. Weebly offers it for $40 per year. Webstarts is less at $30 per year.