The four questions / answers that most beginners ask when trying to build a website or a blog are:
Question-1: What should you build, a website or a blog?
Answer-1: Many beginners are under the impression that they must build a website (static) or a blog.
If you need to build static contents; that is, without changing it, static web pages will be enough. In this case, you don’t need a blog and you end up with a static website.
If you need to update your content or add pages all the time; then, you need a blog and this is called dynamic website.
The good news is that, you can have both blog and static website built under one domain. This way you will create a website with static pages and dynamic pages (blog).
Question-2: Do you need a web designer, programmer, copywriter, and a graphic designer; or can I do it myself?
Answer-2: whether you need experienced people to help you depends on you, and what you are requesting.
If you are willing to learn the basics of using web design tools, create basic graphics, and write contents; then you will not need other services to do the work for you.
Question-3: If you will do it, what tools and services do you need?
Answer-3: You will need to start a domain name and web hosting. Once you have them, you will use the control panel to learn the tools and how to use them.
You can use the online help and request help from technical support of your web hosting.
Once you get familiar with the tools, then you start building web pages that will make your website and blog.
If you need advanced features, graphics, content. Then, you can do that with certain expenses.
Question-4-: How much does it cost, can I make money, and how fast I can make the money?
Answer-4: The cost of a website and a blog can vary depending on the option and what you need. The cost usually is as follows: -Domain name and web Hosting are required.
-Mailing list provider- required only if you are building a list of subscribers. All of those charges vary from one service to another. That is why I don’t want to mislead you and provide money amounts.
Concerning the money that you can make, that depends on many factor and takes time. There is no magic about it. With time and hard working, and being patient, you can build traffic to your website.
When you build traffic, there are many ways to monetize it. How fast depends on how fast you get traffic, and if the traffic converts.
In my opinion and from my experience trying different tools, I prefer the use the basics. After learning the basics, I will advance to the higher level.
Usually, most web hosting provide you a beginner needs. If you become advanced, then you start exploring advanced options.
Don’t be afraid to try and switch among different options; like domain registrars, web hosting services, design tools.
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