Four hundred simolians? Nah! You can have your own domain for
much less! There’s a hundred smackers for InterNIC, which is
two years registration of the domain name, fifty per year. You
will have to renew for fifty more on your third year and every
year thereafter. By-the-by, it used to be free, but people
started snatching up hundreds of domain names in the hopes of
brokering them later. They just want to make sure people are
actually using the domain names they register.
Okay, then there’s probably an application fee of $25, or so,
for the ISP to do the “paperwork” for you. You can actually
apply for the domain name yourself, but you will need an IP
address and other … probably better/easier to let
the ISP do it for you. And maybe a “virtual domain” setup fee
for the vendor to implement your domain and Web hosting.
Beyond that, you shouldn’t have any expenses beyond monthly
hosting fees. Oh yeah, Web authoring… if you are not
authoring your own site (which you should be). These days, Web
authoring is no more difficult than desktop publishing!
If just the setup is running you more than $200, including
InterNIC charges, you need to be looking elsewhere! Let me know
if you want to know some good and inexpensive hosting services!
I have my Frontpage domain hosted by Mindspring, and the service
and reliability are excellent. There are hosting service
available for less, but Mindspring is first class.
Charlotte, NC (USA)