Domain Names
Web Hosting
Web Design
Merchant Accounts
Using Directories
Pay Per Click


1.  Choose & purchase a domain name.  
It is a good idea to purchase your domain name as soon as possible, even if you aren't ready to have a site designed.  Domain names are being taken all the time - and the longer you wait, the less likely it will be that you'll get the name you want.  You can select and register for this this yourself, or I can help you with it if you are using my design services..

2. Select  a hosting company  
There are numerous hosting companies available.  If I am designing and/or maintaining your website I prefer to handle the hosting.  The cost is $15 per month, payable through PayPal or automatic check draft.

3. Design your site.   
There are some relatively inexpensive 'do-it-yourself' website creators (several hosting companies offer these), but you don't have as much flexibility there as you would using the ftp protocol to publish your site.  You can learn to do it yourself, or you can pay someone else to do it.

4. Set up a merchant account, if necessary.    
If you are not selling a product or service you probably don't need a merchant account.  Or, even if you are, you may be able to get by using PayPal to accept credit cards and checks.  But should you need a merchant account, there are several factors you should consider in making your choice.

5. Market your site.  
Once you have a website, you need visitors.  There are many ways to bring traffic to your website.  The methods you use will depend on the type of information, service or product you offer - and your budget. 

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