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By Friscojw ·
I am in need to find the best web presence solution. I've got a Small Business Server 2000 setup at my small office and I need to get a web site setup. Should I develop something with FrontPAge and host it on the SMS? What will that mean and what issues should I be concerned about. I am looking for the pros and cons. At the same time I need alternatives. Do I pay to get a site developed then have it hosted by an outside company? Who are some good companies to use? What is the average cost? I want to outline the options and costs but need to better understand the architecture. ANy feedback would be appreciated

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by nikki96 In reply to Web solution

Hosting your own site can get expensive. Besides having to watch out for all the latest viruses and attacks that will kill your server, you need to always have connections going and serving up pages (and images, files, etc) to visitors. That takes bandwidth. Bandwidth is not cheap. Not to mention the time to keep up with and apply all the latest patches for your server. If anyone takes down your server, and it has anything on there not web-related, your data is compromised.

Frontpage is awful and used by only the most amature. It creates large files that take too long to download and pages that only work properly in the latest version of IE. If your customers use Netscape, Opera, Mozilla, or other browsers, many FP pages will not work properly.
Dreamweaver is better, but still not as good as having a professional do it. Generators are for people who don't know how to code. If they don't know how to code, how will they fix it when a new browser comes out and the page crashes?

You can get a simple (no e-commerce) site (200MB storage, 1Gig transfer, 24/7 uptime, etc) hosted for $120 a year and created for reasonable rates. Search for "Freelance web designers" in google or...

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by MadestroITSolutions In reply to Web solution

Hi Frisco,
It depends on what you want to do and how much you are looking to spend.
I classify websites in 2 groups: advertising and e-commerce.
If you want to stablish your presence on the web(advertising), host it with someone. Buy the domainname, and setup your hosting with a company. I recommend Interland (www.Interland.com) They have fast, efficient and cheap services. Check their website for fees.
IF you want to sell products or services over the web (e-commerce), you need a better option. You can host the site on your server, but you will have to get a fast connection, a static IP address, set up a firewall, and mantain it with security updates. However, the cost of a high speed line + the bandwith is high. You can still choose to host your site with someone. E-commerce sites get lots of traffic, which puts stress on the server. You will have to get a business account which is more expensive, or a dedicated server. Dedicated plans go for about $150 a month and up. You can also collocate a server, which means you send them a server, and they will put it in their facilities, and give it output to the web. This one is also expensive. It usually runs from $200 to $400 a month.

As for web design, I do not recommend doing it yourself with Frontpage or any other code generator. My friend in answer 1 is right. They make terrible pages full of junk code, and they dont work accross different browsers. Have it done by a proffesional. After all, we are talking about your company's image. You want it to look proffesional. The cost varies depending on the complexity and features of the site. It can go anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000 or even more.

My name is Juan Romero, a web designer/software engineer with over4 years of experience.

(Had to reduce answer to fit here. If you need any more help, dont hesitate to drop a line at: juanr@akaconsulting.com)

Good Luck!

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by Friscojw In reply to Web solution

Thanks. I appreciated the assistance

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