Your site needs somewhere to live on the net. The free space from your ISP is OK
for playing around, but serious sites need serious space. We have our own top-notch
dedicated server, to get very fast, very reliable service.
Costs from £10.00 per month per site (cheaper than you could buy independently),
and depends on size and traffic, plus a bit extra for each extra referring domain.
You do need back-up and maintenance to keep the site 100% working. The average monthly
cost for a smallish site is, hosting, backup and maintenance is around £18.00.
Sites are not static. For example, restaurant sites always need to up-date their
menus and wine lists. That work is charged at our hourly rate. Usually less than
half an hour each month, unless major changes are needed.
Full e-mail, with different addresses for different people and purposes - no problem,
with spam filtering if you need it (I use Gmail). You are not then tied to your ISP,
so, email@example.com is with you permanently. Also, when you go on holiday,
I’m happy to field your e-mail, and send acknowledgements to messages.
Domain names are cheap! If there is a possibility of needing one, get it and its
variations. The basic cost for a .co.uk domain is £6.00 for two years, and £18.00
for a .com (try to avoid the others). I charge you, only the cost to me. Generally,
.co.uk domains are the ones, with .com if necessary. The only reason for not having
several variations is that they have a small maintenance cost, and renewal after
two years is more expensive: £10.00 for two years, .co.uk, and .com’s, £20.00. I
get a discount from my server company and only charge you the cost price.
Let me know what you’re after and I’ll check it out. But even if you don’t use me,
make sure registration is in your name and address. Changing details later costs
If you already have a domain name, it can be transferred in free. Your existing host
may, or may not, charge for transferring out. Should be under £15. My server company
charges £10 transfer-out fee.