So you want to create a website. You have a topic or a product in mind, but you aren’t quite sure about all the gritty details involved in planning a website. For example, how much will a website cost? How do I find a web host and obtain a domain name? Are there copyright laws I should be aware of? Will I have to pay taxes on my site? How long will it take to create a completed website? And most importantly, do I even have the technical and creative skills to make a website work?
If you are asking these questions and more, you have already taken the first step to successful website planning. In fact, the more questions you ask, and the more information you obtain prior to beginning the creation process, the more successful your completed website will be.
The Cost of Creating a Website
In order to create a website, you must pay for a domain name—i.e. what your site is called—in addition to a web host fee. While the fee for domain names is typically paid annually, ranging from $5 to $15 per year, the fee to maintain a web host is typically a monthly fee of $3.50 to $7.75. Do not make the mistake of going a free web host, as this will affect your ranking with major search engines and thereby limit your site’s exposure.
Additional fees involved in creating a website include an outsourcing fee, if you decide to pay someone else to design your site, and possibly the cost of investing in a Web Editor program, if you decide to the design the site yourself. Professional web designers typically charge $25 to several hundred dollars per hour, while a solid Web Editor program will run you anywhere from $50 to $400. If you are creating an online store, you might also have to pay a fee for setting up a shopping cart, and for processing some credit card payments.
Paying Taxes on a Website
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Depending on the amount of revenue your site produces, you might be required to pay taxes on these earnings.
Timeframe for Creating a Website
While it is possible to create a website within hours, taking the necessary time to plan the site is imperative your website’s success. For this reason, you shouldn’t focus the amount of time it takes to create a site, so much as on the content of the website itself. In other words, slow down, do your homework, and stay focused on creating an engaging, user-friendly website, as opposed to a website your six year old daughter could have created in an hour.
In the Website Planning Part 2 we would focus on Website Copyright Laws, Necessary Skill Building and User-Friendly Factor till then enjoy…