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Web sites - information

One of our most frequently asked questions is "Can you build me a website".

Building a good website requires several skills and much thought. However, depending on your budget and capabilities, we can help you decide on the route to take.

Take an example - if you have a low budget and would like to be able to maintain your site, then we can show you how to do it yourself!

You may also want to consider registering your own domain name - in other words have an address that reads chris@iwpcs.com rather than something like chris@iwpcs.freeemailprovider.com - which one is more professional and more importantly, memorable? This can cost as little as £1.99 a year and is yours to keep, even if you change your Internet provider.

Here's our advice:

We reckon there are 4 options for your site - a free hosting provider, using your ISPs free webspace, a low cost hosting package or paying a professional designer. Let's discuss the pros and cons of each:


Free Hosting

Several Internet companies like yahoo have free web space available.

Pros Cons
  • Completely free
  • Online design - no software required
  • Templates provided
  • You have to display adverts on your pages
  • Inflexible design
  • Space and bandwidth restrictions
  • A little learning required


Use your ISPs web space

Most internet service providers provide free web space for their customers.

Pros Cons
  • No extra cost
  • May provide templates and online design tools
  • Limited space and bandwidth
  • May not allow commercial use
  • A little learning required


Low cost hosting

Web space is available from several hosts, for instance 1and1.co.uk
Contact us for help in showing you how to do the basics

Pros Cons
  • Low cost
  • Professional looking templates
  • Online software if required
  • Your own domain name
  • Plenty of web space and bandwidth
  • Full FTP access
  • Ability to view logs
  • May not allow you to run your own scripts
  • Is your spelling & grammar up to scratch?
  • A little learning required



Professional designer

The easiest option, but expect to pay for the skill and knowledge. Try Island Graphic Arts

Pros Cons
  • Professional appearance
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Little work required on your part
  • Can usually provide exactly what you require
  • Will offer advice as to content etc.
  • Higher initial cost
  • Ongoing costs for each alteration




If you are based on the Isle of Wight (UK) and require further information, call Chris on 0789 150 9466 or email
chris@iwpcs.com