I don’t want to get deep here – just brief and to the point – hehe.
There is a huge learning curve for me sometimes. I find that I overlook important factors and as a result miss things all the times. But I catch on quicker then the hammer of a pistol.
Purchasing a domain name is important but I am not covering that now. Keeping your domain is better. If you or someone you know has a registered domain name but have not really pursued anything with a website or otherwise you might consider dropping the annoying annual registration fee. DO NOT. Hold onto your domain name, in fact if you don’t have plans or you are too busy do do anything with a domain name let someone else.
Let me clarify what I mean by “let someone else”, let your kid nephew, cousin, or brother – who is near graduation from tech school for design, etc, build a website, manage a community or just show videos – whatever – as a project. Random idea I know.
As a gift because you love and care for them.
This type of project is right up their alley. In fact this could add or begin a portfolio for them that will directly tie them to accounts they may close -with all that ambition they got from your side of the family – and income generated. Trust me, a family member that invests in another family members financial future by increasing skills is a pretty darn cool family person or people. That said I should mention that this investment is as little as a one time $120 payment.
I promise this is a soft sell and I don’t intend to make any money from this idea – it’s just a random idea.
The what is a year of hosting for that domain. $120 these days
*drag and drop web site builder
*web file management
*supports every type of multimedia application
*unl email accounts
*unl register additional domains sharing host
*bulletin board (message forum)
*world class tech support
*our customer support
*consulting w/ me for 2 sessions (avg 45 – 60 min)
Trust me – when I started getting into web stuff and away from hardware I learned that there are unlimited toys and tools available – many out of the box with hosting like this.
I bought my first domain a few years back and learned from scratch. Built www.jarodemerson.com (pseudo) with basic HTML, then applied tables and graphics which I learned as I went. Next came understanding CSS and lastly was taking advantage of the world wide web with it’s w3c validated css styles, commands, semantic html and templates. WOW – what a trip. Imagine what I’ve learned since those days.
Looking back – best $120 investment ever.
Ok – so great idea but after you get started and purchase hosting what then? If basic skills don’t come naturally I am happy to provide crash courses on any related subject and give more resources and tools than ten people would know what to do with – but I’ll explain and teach what little I actually know of the vast structure we call the web.
I should update my linkedin sometime… I used to teach computer classes on desktop functions, basic computer skills and computer software use. Teaching is fun and the teacher learns much too. Favorite class given was on WMM, Windows Movie Maker. Chances are you have it – it’s great for beginners on video…
Anyways, there you have it.
You could actually get hosting for less than 120$ but not much. The cheapest I’ve found it is $70.00 here Obviously if you buy it right out you don’t get Green Thumb but the learning process is fairly straightforward with a little research and a few calls to tech support. But seriously $100 for crash course and 1yr hosting is awesome!
Purchase hosting for the domain and give them the hosting as a gift – love.
In other news regarding domain names – the value of a domain name with a website hosted on it increases every year. Just like a piece of real estate a domain name and website can hold value and be bought and sold on “the market”.
Someday I will talk specifically about this practice, but for now I have wore as many caps as I can today.