Start an Online Business – Make a Website For Free, Or Almost Free

Many people who are just beginning to think about ways to start an online business don’t have a lot of extra cash just laying around. After all, they want an online business to make money, not cost them money they may not be able to spare. So they look for ways they can make a website for free. There are many ways you can create a free website or blog, but be warned. Using free sites is a fast way to be save a few dollars a month and end up having it cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run. So instead of looking for ways to make a free website, look more closely at an inexpensive method that is powerful enough to support a thriving online business.

It is very possible to make a website and get it online for under $20 a month. While it might be easier and faster if you have more money to spend, you can do it for that small amount of money. Amazing, isn’t it, when you consider how much it costs to have a bricks and mortar business.

One of the best ways to do this is to use a blog, and we recommend WordPress. OK, I can hear you saying already, “Wait! I can have a free blog on WordPress.com and it won’t cost me a dime!” Yes, you can, but then you are risking your business on the whims and changes of someone else’s decisions. If you plan to start a real online business (and not a hobby site), then you simply have to host your own WordPress blog.

The good news is that hosting your own blog is easy to do. First, decide on a keyword-rich domain name for your blog, and if possible, you want the dot-com version of the name. Then purchase that domain name (that should cost you about $10 a year, with some price fluctuation depending upon the domain service you use). Now you need to subscribe to a web hosting service. Typical hosting will cost you about $10 a month, if you carefully avoid any of the upsells in the setting-up process. Plan to get web hosting on a different service than you used for buying your domain name. Also look for a web host that offers cPanel (the control panel for your web host) and either Fantastico Deluxe or SimpleScripts. You don’t need to know what these are right now; you just need to be sure your web host includes them.

Then you have to point your domain name servers (DNS) to your web host, and install the free WordPress software. That installation (if you did what we recommend in the previous paragraph) will take you a few simple clicks. Finally you’ll want to find a good theme to use to make your blog look a bit customized, and you are ready to start blogging. You now have your own website on which you can start an online business, for under $20 a month.