For anyone who can answer --What are the pros and cons regarding do-it-yourself sites (that sound like something I might be able to handle) vs. hiring a web hosting service? Who owns the domain name? I don`t even know what questions I need to ask! Anyone`s input would be appreciated.
You can buy a template and modify it checkout www.templatemonster.com. Good for beginners but you need to know how to use dreamweaver and photoshop. If you dont want to learn those you can find someone to custom build you a 5-7 page site for a couple thousand.
Domain names: Buy your own name. You will own the domain and are responsible for paying fees on an annual or term basis. I usually buy domains in 2 year blocks. I like www.aplus.net to purchase domain names because they have live support if I need assistance.
You have to have a web hosting service to host your website. Startlogic is fantastic. Yahoo also has a good host solution, but I prefer startlogic because of the price and service is phenomenal. www.startlogic.com
Thats all you need to create a killer website. You need someone or to hire someone that knows HTML, Flash, and Photoshop. If you hire someone make sure they teach you basic website updating skills so that you can handle content changes on your site yourself.
Hope this helps.
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