Where to Start with a Website

I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of people visiting this site who know very little about the whole process of setting up a good website. I’m sure there are many who are intimidated by the process, as well as those who simply haven’t due to the apparent exorbitant prices of doing so.

I want you to know that setting up and maintaining a website does not have to be either difficult or excessively expensive. In fact, you can do it for under $11 / month. The only thing that might be confusing to some is simply terminology and I’ll do my best in this lesson to explain what things are as well as how they work.

When it comes right down to it, there are three simple aspects to creating a website.

1. You need something called “HOSTING”.
HOSTING is simply the word that we use to refer to where your website is stored. We will use the analogy of a house. In this analogy, your HOSTING provider is sort of like your house. You can put things INTO your house… and people can come TO your house to see the things that you have on display.

When you get HOSTING, you receive something like an address. Just as with a real house, this address indicates to other people where they can find your website. Now, unfortunately, this address can be complicated at times. Usually, it is in the form of a number something like 192.168.125.57. Sometimes, you may not have a specific number at all, so using this address can be fairly complicated for people. That’s why we get the next item on the list called a “DOMAIN”.

This website, for example, is hosted at DreamHost. They’re a company down in California which specializes in HOSTING and they’re both good and inexpensive. In fact, we very highly recommend them. For under $10 / month, they provide everything that we need to run this website, and they make it VERY easy to use. Check out DreamHost if you’re looking for somewhere good to host your websites.

We also have HOSTING COUPONS for $50 OFF. Click for more info.
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About the Owner of WarkenSoft Productions

As owner and author of this blog, I would like to take a little time to introduce myself and give some background on what it is that I do. My name is James Warkentin and I work as a full time PHP programmer at a non-profit ministry in Canada called TruthMedia. TruthMedia is part of a larger non-profit organization called Campus Crusade for Christ.

Campus Crusade for Christ is a Christian organization which works to bring hope to hurting people around the world. We do this in a number of ways, including sharing the good news that Jesus Christ has saved each one of us from our sins. Campus Crusade also works with a number of other agencies including the “Global Aid Network”, providing relief supplies to countries dealing with local crises, and assisting with projects that promote sustainable development.

As one of the main developers of Campus Crusade’s Internet presence, TruthMedia seeks to bring the same message of hope to hurting people on the Internet.

We build online communities where the message of Jesus’ salvation is shared, and spiritual growth takes place. Activities include evangelistic websites, spiritual chat rooms, training online mentors, and support for other groups wanting to develop their own Internet ministry. (www.crusade.org)

Because of the fact that TruthMedia is non-profit, I am required to raise all the costs associated with my employment there as tax deductible donations from people who want to support the work that we do. These costs include things like my salary, medical benefits and any other costs associated with being an employee.

In light of that, part of my job involves going to people and asking them to consider helping to support me in this ministry. I would like to do that here. If you would be willing to consider helping me financially in this ministry, I would LOVE to talk to you more about it. Feel free to email me through the contact form on this site with your thoughts or questions. OR, if you would like to donate directly to my ministry, feel free to do so using one of the following links:

Please choose the donation link which pertains to your location. Doing this will allow you to receive a tax deductible receipt for the appropriate country.

Thank you so much for your consideration of me in this ministry.
Have a great day,

James Warkentin

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