Everyone needs to establish a web presence, and, depending on your specific needs, doing so can be free or very inexpensive. For people looking to get started with establishing a web presence for themselves or a specific project, I recommend beginning by registering for a WordPress account. This is free. Once you have set up a WordPress account and chosen a name for your WordPress website, you will have access to a website that you can update and edit regularly. The address for this website will be yourwebsitename.wordpress.com. If you’d like your website address not to include wordpress in the name, there are several options. The least expensive and easiest, is to register your website name with WordPress. You can do this by going to the site dashboard, clicking on Store, and registering a domain. WordPress currently charges $5 per year for this service. For the majority of individuals, this is really all you need to get started on the web. It will take some time to become familiar with the WordPress dashboard, but it is worth the investment since, at the moment, WordPress is an Open Source application, meaning it can be used for free, and it has large user base. As a result, many websites are built around it and learning a bit more about how to use this tool is a good investment since you may be able to apply this knowledge in managing not only your own website but for contributing to other websites as well.
If you are developing a website that includes advertising or ecommerce, meaning the ability to sell products, you will need to take a few additional steps. I will cover these issues in posts dedicated to each one of these subjects.
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