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Launching the online part of your business is important, maybe vital, for the success of the venture. But what happens if you can’t do it yourself and don’t know who to ask for help?
There are many sites that offer free hosting and various levels of assistance in building the site itself, and now that offer has been taken to a higher level.
Google offer a free website, and free website building tools – including real accounting assistance to properly record what happens within your business. What this means is that your business can be online with a full-function website for zero upfront cost! There are costs from the second year, but then they only become payable if you continue in business, and that assumes that the business is a success!
This offer is specifically for Australian businesses and I’m sure that there are similar offers for other countries, or soon will be. You can find out more about it here: http://bit.ly/fcDHxZ
If you can’t host your own site then you might consider using a WordPress or Blogger based site. Both will host your site for free, and both allow some freedom to include your name or brans in the title.
WordPress also provide a zero-cost environment (called a Content Management System or CMS) that allows you to build your own site without needing any computer programming skills. You can tailor the site to be exactly what you want by using ‘plugins’, which are as the name implies functions that you can ‘plug in’ to the standard WordPress environment. These plugins add functionality to make it easy to share links with your social networking sites and some ‘mobile’ capability. Check out http://bit.ly/dNiWsN for self-hosting and http://bit.ly/fSKWZl for the WordPress hosted version.
Do you have experience with these tools, and would you like to share? Just click on the ‘Comment’ link below this article and let us know what you think.
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