The $9 Website #2: Start at the beginning

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Blog entry by Dchip posted 10-13-2010 06:52 PM 1226 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the age of blogging, it seems that there are an overwhelming amount of ways to obtain an online presence. The free options are plentiful, though they will inevitably leave you with a less than desirable website address (e.g. endings with .blogspot, .wordpress). This led me to investigate buying (or technically renting for a choice of years) a domain name for what I was surprised to discover was a relatively modest sum of $8.99 a year for a .com (though I’m sad to say it’s now up to $11.99; lying on the first post, not off to a good start…). I hate to admit that TV commercials work at times, but I went to not really knowing where else to go. I am now aware that there are many options for this, and I would encourage you to explore. Just be aware that this blog relies on certain free software available through GoDaddy, though I’m sure the techniques can be adopted to other simple, entry level software found on competing sites.

Now onto choosing a name. A simple solution to this is your own given name, with maybe some following description, though I went a different route mine since just didn’t have the ring I was looking for. The story behind 9×7woodworks can be read about under my workshop section. A big decider will most likely be what is available.

Once you find an available selection, you will be presented with lists upon lists of choices urging you to spend more money on .infos and .mobis and such. I would hold off for now, as I don’t see any threat in “yourselection”.mobi being swept up anytime soon should you need to jump on it in the future. After declining, they will try one more time to get you to buy, but for the purposes of this blog you should walk away with a domain name and nothing more. You can upgrade at anytime once you find something you need, but it is far harder to cancel something you don’t.

With your domain name you get “credits” you can use towards additions to your site. Here is where you want to open a “Website Tonight” account, which will be the page editor that will serve as the means to avoiding html coding and all that other stuff I’m personally a bit afraid of ever confronting.

Once you have Website Tonight open, I would recommend going through establishing a “Coming Soon” page just to publish your website quickly.

Feel free to use my example above, but you should try to be a little more creative. We’ll leave it at here for now. Have fun typing in your address and getting comfortable in your new virtual home. It may be cheap, small, and have a funny smell, but oh the possibilities.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 08:57 PM

Congrats on starting your blog. I hate to bring rain to a party but since you are offering suggestions for others to get started, you’d get better performance and features by buying a domain name as you’ve done, but use the domain name on a wordpress or blogspot blog. Less upkeep, better with search engines, lots more options.

Unfortunately with tools like GoDaddy’s “Website Tonight” or 1&1’s “WebsiteBuilder” they make it really easy to get started and it takes a while to realize that what they’ve done is helped you paint yourself into a corner.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 09:23 PM

I have a blog on blogspot. I have had paid for blogs in the past. From my experience, I can’t tell a bit of difference in the two and have had just as much traffic to both (not much).


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#3 posted 10-13-2010 09:50 PM

Hi Swirt, Thanks for the input. I have only had experience with Website Tonight, and while I do realize it’s a bit archaic in certain aspects, I have found ways to make it work for me. IMO, my personal website is just a means of displaying my work so if I give out a business card someone has a place to view my whole collection. Search engine optimization is not a big concern for me since I’m not trying to get my name out there as a business beyond friends and family. I realize this may be different for others (or me at a future time) so i would love for you to elaborate on your experiences with those two services as well as any others.

As I mentioned earlier, it seems that this is a topic not really covered in depth on LJ’s, yet is something that is becoming more and more relevant. If you are looking to run a serious marketplace from your website, then my blog will be quite inadequate. There are others out there that are more qualified, and if they are willing to offer their advise I would encourage them.

My goal for this blog was just to outline my experiences with the world of websites and perhaps encourage others to give it a try with some of the techniques and tools that may already be at their disposal. It will be greatly improved, though, with participation from those who have already been where I am at.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 09:05 PM

Websites are my day-job. Lets just say that I come here to escape there. So I pretty much avoid conversations that are website related. I know there are quite a few of us techies on Lumberjocks and I’ve noticed they are often quiet on the website topics too. I think it is a matter of people not wanting their worlds colliding. ;)

Keep with whatever product makes you happy. I mainly added my advice above not to dissuade you, but for anyone that may be reading and wanting to follow your lead.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 12:30 AM

I agree with swirt, my site is hosted with for $3.95 per month with domain name included and built it for me at a reasonable price. or if you want you can install your own wordpress, forum or shopping cart from the control panel with about 10 clicks of the mouse but you need to be familiar with doing your own graphics and have a little knoweledge of html.

-- Fred, Texas, Acts 2:38

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