Designing a website is analogous to building a house.
 
A house has an address, like 399 Poundridge Road, so your friends and clients can find you. In the same way, a website needs an address. It's called a domain name, and is most usually in the form of www.yourbusiness.com.
 
To establish your domain name and keep it unique, you must register it. There are many approved registrars, each with their own fees for registration. Names are registered for at least one year, and sometimes as long as ten years. Generally, the longer the registration period, the less expensive the annual rate.
 
To continue the house analogy, the house needs a plot of land on which it can be built. A website needs a place to reside as well. Companies which provide this service are called web hosts, and the actual space they reserve for your site on one of their servers (computers) is called web space. Web space costs vary, but it is typical to spend about $20 per month for more space than you are ever likely to use.
 
Some web designers provide their clients with web space. This means that the designer is responsible for the availability of that web space 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Few designers have the ability to monitor their servers 100% of the time, nor are they usually available at all hours of the day or night to remedy any problems which occur.
 
I strongly recommend using an independent major web hosting company to host your site. You have the best assurance that your site will be available whenever anyone in the world goes looking for it.
 
You are free to choose a web host of your own, or I will be happy to recommend one and set the web space and domain name up for you.
 

A sample of one of the websites I have designed:

Club Sandwich in New Canaan, Connecticut specializes in the fine art of sandwich making.

 

 

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