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Domain Names, Web Hosting & SSL Certificates | Email Marketing | Credit Card Payments | Printing | Free Stock Images | Misc Tech Stuff

Domain Names, Web Hosting & SSL Certificates

Your website requires a few ongoing expenses.  These include: 

  • Domain Name
  • Web Hosting
  • SSL Certificate

As you probably already know, a domain name, also known as a URL or web address, is the identity of your website. Most web hosts will register your domain name for you when buying hosting. So what is “hosting” exactly? Basically you need to store the files that the run your website on a web server. Web hosts offer this service for a monthly or annual fee.

The last item you’ll need for your website is an SSL certificate.  Have you ever tried to visit a website only to have your browser tell you “your connection is not secure” or “your connection is not private”?  That’s because the website owner doesn’t have a properly installed SSL certificate.  You’ll need to have this component in order to have folks be able to access your site.

So what can you expect to pay?

  • Domain names are typically $10-$20/year
  • Basic hosting can range from $5-$20/month
  • SSL certificates typically are about $60/year.
    (They can be more depending on your site’s needs, but they can also be free if it’s included in your web hosting plan.)

These prices vary, of course, and I’m happy to help you choose the right level for your needs.

  • GOOD NamecheapThis company offers discounted hosting & domain names – score! Often you’ll also get a free SSL certificate for the first year. If you have a simple site, use them and save. (I personally use NameCheap).
  • BEST SiteGround
    Officially recommended by WordPress.org. Fast loading speed and knowledgeable support. Choose SiteGround if you have more robust needs.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is when you send out bulk email to your target audience. Why use a service? Not only can you create beautiful emails using templates, but you can track your message’s clicks and engagement. Best of all, all the sign ups and unsubscribes are taken care of automatically!

Taking Credit Card Payments

It’s easier then you think to accept credit card payments.

  • Square
    Best if you want to accept payments in-person and online.
  • PayPal
    Best if you want to accept payment online only.

Printing Services

Don’t already have a local print shop that you work with? No problem! I’ve had wonderful experiences printing online (and saving a few dollars too).

Free Stock Photos & Graphics

Here are a few great resources for free photos and graphics to use – enjoy!

  • Unsplash
    Beautiful free photos

  • Pexels
    Lots of free stock photos

  • Pixabay
    Large selection of photos, illustration, and vectors

  • Burst
    Free stock photo site created by Shopify

  • Vecteezy 
    Large selection of free vectors


Misc Tech Stuff

I also recommend that you use these basic services on your computer…

Just a heads up, some of the recommendations on this page contain affiliate links. Rest assured, I only promote services that I have real-life experience with and truly believe will be a value to you. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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