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Many are unfamiliar with the costs associated with the creation and maintenance of WEB sites. The following questions and answers may be helpful in understanding the details surrounding a presence on the WEB. If you don't find the information you need on this page, please email us and we will do our best to answer any questions you might have!

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How do I get on the World Wide Web?

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If you have an e-mail address and internet access, chances are you could have a simple site on the Web with no extra cost. Online services such as AOL currently allow some Web space for their members. Also, most ISP's (Internet Service Providers) allow their customers some Web space for personal pages. A typical amount would be 2 (two) megabytes of space at no charge. Even ISP's who charge for space are very reasonable in their rates.

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Can Web Sites get expensive?

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Certainly they can. A simple site costs very little. However, there are many extras which ISP's offer at additional cost. Extra email addresses, extra megabytes of space, domain names and CGI scripting all will add up. These could drive up the cost of a WEB site considerably. Check with your ISP for quotes on these additional costs.

A professional site can be established on the WEB with few of these extras. It all depends upon the needs of your company or church.

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What is a Domain Name?

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Surely you have noticed on the Web that many sites have as their address the name of the company. For example, to go to the IBM site, you need only type: www.ibm.com. This is not free! Domain names cost money. Most often, your ISP will be willing to host these domain names, and take care of the paperwork (for a fee, of course!) There are two types of URL's (Universal Resource Locators, the Web address):

  • A URL that is hosted by your local ISP. For example, the following is a URL of a church page I designed:
      http://www.flash.net/~woodmont
        The page is hosted by FlashNet, and the "~woodmont" designation is the root directory of the user. In this case the Woodmont church of Christ.
  • A Domain Name. For example, the domain name of the Internet magazine I publish:
      http://www.watchmanmag.com
        This site is also on FlashNet. But with an exclusive domain name, the site has a more professional presence, at a cost. To many, the cost is definitely worth it. A domain name gives your company a look of professionalism, and makes it easier for people to locate your Web site. For example, people have less trouble remembering the address of Watchman Magazine, with the domain name we use.

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How much does Watchman Publishing charge to design a Web site?

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Now you're getting personal! The simple answer is that it depends on how extensive you want your site to be. A simple site for a church could be as little as $150 dollars to set up. An average corporate site such as BEDZzz Inc. might cost $500 or more depending on how extensive it is.

After the initial site setup, any changes or additions to the site will be handled on a flat hourly charge. $20/hour is our corporate rate, and $15/hour is what we charge for churches.

The estimates for initial setup are approximate only, and much will depend on your particular needs. Be sure to email us, and we will work together to determine what those needs are, and what the cost would be to set up a site for you.

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Why do I need you? Can't I do it myself?

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The simple answer is, you don't need me! You certainly can publish and design your own site if you have the proper software, an eye for design, and the time and desire to learn how. This is not brain surgery. But, for those who have better things to do, leave the designing to us!

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Who are you?

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My name is Stan Cox, and I am a preacher. I am working with the West Side church of Christ in Ft. Worth, TX. I have been in full time work for over 14 years now. This business is a sideline, which I accomplish in my spare time.

My purpose in starting this business is two-fold. One, to make a little extra money. Two, to develop my son's talents in this area. Eventually, we are hopeful that Joshua will turn this into a profitable venture, and that he will take over the publishing of our Internet Magazine, Watchman.

Because this is a "side-line" we will only take on projects that will enable us to fulfill our primary responsibilities, and allow us to provide personal and timely service to you our customer. That's why we say we give you the "personal touch, with results that compare to the 'big boys.'"

Questions? Then email us. Or, go to our SITES! page to see examples of our work!

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