Do-It-Yourself Websites

Would you let me know the name of a company that helps startups build Websites and also develop blogs? –N. Turner, Philadelphia

A growing number of Internet companies are helping small business owners establish a presence on the Web. They’ll also help you set up a blog on your site, or you can register on an independent blogging site.

For example, Homestead.com is a one-stop service dedicated to providing small businesses with affordable, easy-to-use tools and services–from hosting to publishing their own Website. It offers toll-free support from its Web experts at any time. Basic prices start at $4.99 per month and go as high as $49.99 per month. Users design their own Website by choosing from 2,000 template designs created for 100 different industries.

NetworkSolutions.com is another do-it-yourself Website service that offers the support of a dedicated designer. You can choose from a gallery of designs for $49.95 per month (plus a $399 one-time design fee) or a custom site for $59.95 and a one-time design fee of $999.

You can easily start your own blog by finding a decent blogging provider that appeals to you and registering for free. Most of these sites, like Blogger.com, Xanga.com, or BlogDrive.com, provide pre-made templates and push-button publishing and don’t require much technical know-how.
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