It’s pretty much accepted that a writer (or any other small business) needs a website these days. The real question for many writers is “how much will a website cost me?” After all, most writers aren’t made of money.
The good news is that it is pretty inexpensive and easy these days to put up a website. If you want to go the shared hosting route and just have a blog, the cost can be free. Go to one of the shared sites like WordPress.com, Blogger or LiveJournal and you can be blogging immediately.
If you want your own website with full control over it, you want to go the self-hosting route.
To set up your own site, here’s what you’ll need:
This is the “address” of your website. janedoe.com, for example. To register a domain name (aka buying a domain) costs between $9 and$15 per year, depending on where you get it and if they’re offering any deals for buying additional services from them.
Many will offer additional services in addition to the domain name – like business registration and private registration. You don’t really need any additional services though private registration is nice. For a small fee, the domain registration company will list their own information as the contact for your domain, keeping your name and address hidden. A nice feature for when you become wildly famous and need some anonymity from zealous fans.
After you’ve purchased your domain name, you’ll need somewhere to host your website. This means signing up with a hosting company – GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost, DreamHost, etc. Hosting runs from $5 – 15/month. You can sometimes get a lower price by paying for a year or two in advance.
Also, before you buy your domain name, check to see if the hosting company you’re going to go with offers free or reduced cost domain registration service. You could save a few bucks that way.
That’s it. You need a domain and hosting to set up a website, so for about $10 to get your domain and up to $15/month to run it, you can have your own home on the Internet.
Sure there’s some set up involved in getting your site running, but the overall cost isn’t that expensive.
If you don’t have your own site yet, what are you waiting for?