/ Website design
Is there anyone on here with experience of setting up websites that could help?
Look on nominet to see if the domain is available, assuming uk domain name
You then purchase the domain name, via a registrar, for a period of years from 2 years to 10 years. For 2 years cost is about £7. You then need to buy hosting to store your website pages for your website. Hosting will be around £100 for 2 years. If you buy hosting that supports Php, then you can install Wordpress, joomla, dupral etc. (in increasing order of complexity) to help build and manage your website. If you go for a Linux web hosting package, you'll get Php and MySQL (database) included usually. Linux hosting also often offers one click installs for the above packages.
When I typed "How do I set up a website?" into google this is the first thing returned: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/jul/22/self-employment-set-up-website
Seems on first glance to be very much what you're looking for.
Get a professional to do it and get it done right. You wouldn't build your own extension would you? :)
If a whois lookup on a domain name says it's available, then there are lots of Registrars that you can use to register the name.
I have 4 domains on 123-reg - a few quid each per year, but about £70 per year for a hosting package.
And all 4 sites are "hosted" on that on hosting package.
You may want lots more email addresses for your domain than a basic hosting package costs.
There will also be monthly bandwidth limits, at that price.
Also, it depends on what this company want to do with their website.
If it's just a flat, informational site, with a few pages, then the above is probably fine.
The key is to find your customer's requirement.
Do they want a Contact Management System (CMS) or a Customer Relationship Management System (CRM) ?
If so, those can be quite costly, require a different sort of hosting, and programmers to write code and set up databases.
Thanks everyone for the advice so far, I will have to work my way through some of the technical points but I think I have the gist of it. I intend to get someone competent to do it rather than have a go myself. I want a site similar to UKC in so far as it will have a bit of media in the form of short films etc. and that it will have forums. I also need it to be able to host advertisements throughout the site. I'm guessing this will cost me?
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