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Many small-business operators have been especially hard-hit when it comes to managing their IT resources -- including their Web sites. Those who want to keep up a professional front despite the recent economic woes might find they can do a lot more with less with some strategic outsourcing. "The economy is making [small-business owners] jittery when it comes to committing dollars," Michael Schultz, director of marketing and product manager for Microsoft Office Live, told TechNewsWorld.
I strongly suggest you hire an expert.
Do you do your taxes yourself or hire an accountant? Do you fix your car or hire a mechanic? Do you do yr own plumbing or hire a plumber?
There are GOOD valid reasons why you hire an expert.
One is you just do not have the skills - and when it comes to web design unless you are skilled in design, SEO, link building, design with a purpose, making websites PROFITABLE - you probably do not have the skills - although these DIY sites will attempt to convince you otherwise.
Two is opportunity cost. You could spend 100 hours building and tweaking your site - lets say that saves you $2000 - are you happy to work for $20 an hour? Or would you rather be working ON your business as opposed to IN it....You may have saved $2000 but you may have lost $20,000 in other profit you could have created.
You do the math and decide!
hostman, nice sales pitch for The Blue Kingdom dot com...
This article doesn't reveal any new secrets; however, it is OK for someone who is not in the field, to figure out and organize thoughts before delving into the biz of web development.
As for the hosting - my favorite one www.1and1.com/?k_id=7871735 also offers free domain registration with the purchase of hosting services! It's also very affordable and with stable customer support (unlike e.g. registerfly dot com...)
When you are starting your website choosing a Web Host can be a tricky choice. I recommend shopping around and looking for a combination of the best price, service, and add-ons to fit your needs. To find about a hosts customer support you will need to ask around on forums and blogs. Don't spend too much because you could be spending more on things that really matter, like web design and content. I recommend http://www.TheBlueKingdom.com as a host. Very affordable and good customer support. Perfect for a small business! Good Luck!