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Need Help Establishing a Dot Com Website

submitted on March 3, 2010 by midget in "Member's Lounge"
I'm looking to open up an online business and need help with dot coms.

Is it better to have a dot com, dot net, or dot org?
I'm thinking the dot com is used more and might attract more people as opposed to the others? (not sure)

Also who has the best rates and caters to the html impaired.

What am i getting into by doing this?

Also whatever website anyone recommends needs to have the ability to add paypal pay now buttons to it.

I need to know everything before I jump into this.

I'm not even sure what questions I need to be asking since this is my 1st time trying to establish my own website as a business.

Any and all help any of you can give me is welcome.
     

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  • 54568
    emma123
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    Posted by emma123 on March 3, 2010
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    What kind of online business????
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    midget
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    Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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    A store
  • 54574
    emma123
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    Posted by emma123 on March 3, 2010
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    You can try Ebay store and once you are confident enough you can launch your own store.(Suggestion Mr Green ).
  • 54578
    midget
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    Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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    no no. It's not an ebay thing. I will be catering to a certain group of people.

    I just need advice on the ins and outs of making the website, costs I'm looking at, who has the best site to place my dot com with, how to get the most traffic possible to it, etc.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on March 3, 2010
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      Expect to lose money your first 1-2 years, so you will need some capital to draw upon.

      Most shopping sites do not take off overnight and require serious time to create a customer base.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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      Solsice, You're actually one of the people I wanted input from on this.

      I wont be catering to the public so to speak but need the website to be public.

      I know there's a cost for the website but what other charges will I be incurring? Is registration a separate fee and done with another site other than the one I'm making the dot.com with?

      So many questions....
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on March 3, 2010
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      Retaining my services as a consultant would be one of the aforementioned costs. Big Grin
  • 54584
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    Posted by equipurple on March 3, 2010
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    The difference between .com and .org .net .us etc are generally minimal. The biggest thing to watch out for is the prominence or competitive nature of a similar site. If you are midget.net, you want to be careful that anyone who mistypes it as midget.com is not being sent to a competitor.
    Dot com is certainly preferred, but less important to have these days.
    GoDaddy has decent support and reasonable prices.
    Bluehost has nice tools that may be a little more intimidating for the HTML challenged. Tons of other hosts are available too. Expect to pay about $100-$150 a year for hosting service.
    If you want more than a (frequently junkie) templated site, prepare to spend from $500 - $2000 for a small site design.
    If you want more detailed info, figure out who I am on FB and ping me.

    Paypal codes are simple to insert in any site.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on March 3, 2010
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    Do you already have a business and just want to add a website or is it a brand new idea?
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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      Ok, I guess I'll be more specific so maybe people will understand and can help more knowing all info.

      I'm looking to open 2 different websites/2 seperate business that cater to inmates and their families/friends.

      I already have one website established on a free website but because it's free, the website name is really long. Need to turn it into a dot.com and have it visible when people type my website into google or any browser.

      The other website hasn't been established yet but once I get the first one all wrapped up I'll do the other one.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on March 3, 2010
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      The easiest fix for your first problem is to purchase a domain (around $10 a year at GoDaddy.com) and redirect it to your old website (costs nothing). Going this route has certain implications regarding search traffic to your website's inner pages but this is probably better to be discussed in more relevant online forums.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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      What are the more relevant sites to discuss this on Yan? I'd like to get the best advice possible.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on March 3, 2010
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      SitePoint has very active forums. I am sure you will get a lot of help from people who have many times done this same thing that you are doing

      http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/
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    Posted by equipurple on March 3, 2010
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    Traffic is a whole other story. Outside marketing is your best bet until you are sufficiently set up and perhaps ready to embark on an SEO campaign.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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      I don't think the trafficking will be a problem. I already have the list prepared. Looking at options for having mass amounts of copies made to be mailed out. My "company" will be based largely on the mailer and word of mouth.

      I have a large target market since there are lots of prisons all over the US and very few competitors.

      The website is for the friends and families of the inmates to purchase the items from me and have the items shipped to the inmates directly by me
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on March 3, 2010
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      Cool idea. talk about your "captive audience." ...groan...
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    midget
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    Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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    I already have the site built on a free website and they charge $15 to turn it into a .com site.

    If I pay this $15 to turn it into a .com what steps do i need to make after that.

    Does turning it into a .com automatically register the site or is this seperate?

    You say I'm looking to spend about $100-$150 a year? What would this be for? can you break it down and tell me the steps and costs associated with it please?
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on March 3, 2010
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      Domain registration (owning midget.com) costs about $10 a year.

      Web site hosting (having a place to put midget.com, making sure that people get there, handing midget@midget.com email) costs about $10 per month.

      I am not sure about what your free site conversion offer entails.
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    • MrCheap
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      Posted by MrCheap on March 3, 2010
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      midget.com is taken and you do not want to use it! LOL
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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      I had no intention of using my buxr name as my website but since you said this I had to see why I wouldn't want to use it so i typed it into google.

      You're right, that's a website I wouldn't want any part of!
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    midget
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    Posted by midget on March 3, 2010
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    ok, so then I'm only looking at about $20 a year as opposed to the $100-$150 you quoted earlier?

    If I can find a good, cheap website to do this on I'll dump the freebie site.

    the freebie site I have this on right now has a section built in where you just add paypal coding with the click of a button.

    I need something cheap and easy. The freebie site I have right now has tools i used to put pics and the paypal buttons.
  • 54622
    redsoxrokk
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    Posted by redsoxrokk on March 3, 2010
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    I have a good hosting site. It is called http://www.110mb.com It is free to try, and has ONE TIME fees to upgrade your account. Very good service, and I would recommend that to anyone.
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    busant20
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    Posted by busant20 on March 3, 2010
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    This is another best thread, I had more information than before.
    Thanks all of you guys Big Grin Idea

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