How To Get .com Website

Business By amybunce Updated 25 Mar 2009 , 10:03pm by cylstrial

amybunce Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 3:25pm
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I see many of you have your own cake .com website. How do you do that? And is there a cost? I'm just beginning to branch out and want a website. I want the address to be .com, and have already chosen one that isn't taken. I have done a little research and see there is a yearly fee. I don't want to jump in then learn later you can get it elsewhere free. Is the yearly fee something that is inevitable? Any help to get my website started is appreciated.


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CristyInMiami Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 3:52pm
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There are many places you can get a free webpage but it won't be just a .com. It think that ones like geocites or microsoft will have something like www. mycakes/microsoftoffice. com or something to that effect. I know that YAHOO offers .coms at a really affordable monthly fee around $12 and a one time sign up fee. THey give you tools to help you build it if you dont know HTML or just don't want to use it.

I have been trying to learn more about it too and hopefully someone else can come around and help us both out!

cylstrial Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 3:57pm
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I'm trying to figure out the same thing myself. Thanks for starting this thread. I can't wait to see what everyone else has to say!

amybunce Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 4:00pm
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I really want it to be .com for ease of remembering the site for my clients. I saw some of the free ones that also advertise that company's site. So maybe you have to pay if you are only considering .com?

pipe-dreams Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 4:06pm
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I know that vista spaces) offers websites. Unfortunately, I can't tell you if it's .com, or the price. I just ordered business cards from there, and right now you can try a website free for one month. My friend is a web designer, so I will email him to find out what he says, and I'll post it as soon as I hear from him. Hopefully someone can help in the meantime.

psurrette Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 4:15pm
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I use webpiston for my hosting and its a .com I pay 19.99 a month they are wonderful. one way to get around paying so much is if you register with a free site and then purchase a domain name from go daddy and they can redirect it to your free site. It sounds hard but it sure isnt.

Melvira Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 4:17pm
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You can have your website hosted for free at any of those free sites, but you are going to have to pay for a domain name if you want a .com. You can usually get it for around $10 a year or so. Go to and look around. You will have to do a search to make sure your domain name is available, and if it's not, they will make some suggestions on what you could use instead. Then, you just have to pay for that name. Then, if you don't want to pay to have your site hosted there, you can make a free webpage and have this name that you registered 'point' to that wedsite. So that way, your customers don't have to type in net or something crazy like that... they can just type missprettycakes. com and it will go straight to your site at net. Personally I am a .net because the .com version was taken. I WISH I had gotten the .com because for some reason it's easier for people to remember. I don't know why. It's on the interNET, why is .net so confusing? hahaha. Goos luck all!

Melvira Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 4:22pm
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Also, you can get hosting from GoDaddy for under $75 a year. I pay like $72 I believe. It's worth it.

PSurrette, great minds think alike, eh? thumbs_up.gif

psurrette Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 5:00pm
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HA HA I think so Melvira! I could change to a less expensive hosting with go daddy but I would have to rebuild my site again and I dont have time for that.

amybunce Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 5:18pm
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Melvira, I took "a walk" around your website - very creative - love your writings! You don't have anything posted about pricing. I see some sites at per serving prices. You think it's better not to say anything about pricing, and just have them fill out the order form? Then you get back to them with a quote?

I think I'm going with godaddy too.


patticakesnc Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 5:30pm
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I like Yahoo. I have used their Webhosting for years and built many websites with the Yahoo Sitebuilder. See I built that site for them. The price is great and you can do so many things with it and you don't have to be HTML literate!

muddpuppy Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 10:38pm
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I agree. Yahoo is super easy. I love it.

Melvira Posted 21 Mar 2009 , 11:40pm
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Originally Posted by amybunce

Melvira, I took "a walk" around your website - very creative - love your writings! You don't have anything posted about pricing. I see some sites at per serving prices. You think it's better not to say anything about pricing, and just have them fill out the order form? Then you get back to them with a quote?

Thank you amybunce! Writing is my other true skill... I write poetry and stories, I am even working on a novel though progress is slow with two little ones and a cake biz!

As for the pricing question, I used to have a price guideline on there, but removed it for a few reasons. 1. No one ever looked at it, they'd just call and ask me how much it was. 2. Prices can change quickly and if I forget to update it or am slow in updating it, and someone comes to me and hears a higher price then I have to explain or sometimes honor the lower price, etc. I have been working on a menu which tells all the flavors I offer and all the starting prices, etc. I am going to post that when it's finished, but again... with all the distractions... icon_rolleyes.gif

moreCakePlz Posted 22 Mar 2009 , 11:33pm
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Hi Amybunce,

If you dont want annoying popups and third-party ads on your site, you are going to have to pay for your hosting/domain name.

Ive tried a few different hosting sites over the years and Im currently using InMotion Hosting:

The cheapest plan they offer (that has a web site builder included) is $4 month and $8 yearly fee for domain name registration. If you opt for a business account (which lets you have shopping carts, etc), it is $7 month and the domain name registration is free. I havent used the web site builder on the $4 plan, but the site builder on the business class is pretty slick. You can include blogs, image galleries, forums, and as many pages as you want.

Here is a site I just built for our Home Owners Association.


amybunce Posted 22 Mar 2009 , 11:37pm
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Thanks, Carol and everyone else for the info and suggestions. I just finished building my site on It's vey basic - my first time building a site. I did go with one I have to pay for to get the dot com and for the other benefits. I just hit "Publish" and it says it will be up in 24-48 hours.

Thanks for all the help, CC friends!

juleebug Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 5:54pm
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Add your web address to your Forum Info profile and you'll have a "www" button at the end of all your posts.

pipe-dreams Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 7:50pm
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Ok, I'm html retarded! I got a domain one, and they are hosting my site. It says to download a FTP client, which I did. But the client thing won't connect to my server>? Any suggestions??

twentyfingers Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 10:25pm
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I just wanted to remind everyone to submit your website to search engines. If you don't, when someone searches for through a search engine, it won't show up.

Example: If you type directly into the address bar it will go directly to your site. But, if you google or even amyshappycakes, google won't find your site unless you've submitted it.

DO NOT pay for this service, there are plenty of free services out there. I suggest making an e-mail address just for website submission because some places will sell your e-mail. You can also go directly to google, yahoo, etc. and submit your website directly but the free services usually do the job.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions. I do web design for friends & live vicariously through you all. I would love to be able to decorate like you ladies! thumbs_up.gif

amybunce Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 11:06pm
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Twentyfingers, thanks for the info. I had already googled myself and knew it didn't pop up and I needed to learn what to do. I went to and filled it out, but now it says:

Please cut and paste this section on top of your HTML page in a text editor. You should replace the section from <HTML> to </HEAD>.

I have no idea what that means.


juleebug Posted 23 Mar 2009 , 11:47pm
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I believe what it means is to replace the section I've circled in this image with the code they have provided. If I remember correctly, my husband said it is this section of a website's code that search engines scan to match keywords to websites.

If I'm wrong, don't stone me... it's my hubby who is a nerd. icon_biggrin.gif

I tried to add the image but it was HUGE! When I resized it, you couldn't see the area I was talking about. I posted it on my website. If you click the link you'll see what I'm talking about.

Melvira Posted 24 Mar 2009 , 12:08am
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Originally Posted by amybunce

I had already googled myself...

Ew... TMI! Hahaha. Just kidding!

BlondiezBakery Posted 24 Mar 2009 , 5:01am
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I purchased my domain at GoDaddy. However, I bought a macbook last year and it has been awesome! I have a mac application that I get to modify my site on, and I host it through apple for $100 a year (and that includes about 3 to 4 other sites I have built).

BlondiezBakery Posted 24 Mar 2009 , 5:03am
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thanks twentyfingers! I need to do the same us!

twentyfingers Posted 24 Mar 2009 , 4:01pm
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Juleebug is correct. Depending on what your building your site in, your software might have the same function built into it. The metatags are different than submitting though, you need to do both. Did you figure out how to do it?

Blondiez ~
When I google, the page that google links to is an error page. Maybe your home page isn't set correctly? Your site is very cute though, love the theme!

pipe-dreams Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 2:11am
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Juleebug...can your hubby help me??!! I just finished my website through
Then my friend said to go to google webmaster tools to put it in the google database. BUt when I did this it said to verify(kind of like your html example). But my website isn't html, it's the WYSIWYG format. So I have no idea where to put the meta tag to verify I am the owner of the website.
Any advise would be SO Helpful!! Thanks!

juleebug Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 4:08am
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Julia's husband has invaded the forum.

Please PM your website address to Julia or post it in line here.

350BakerStreet Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 6:14am
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If you want something TRULY simple to put together...go to I've been using them for about 3 years now and they are great!

You get the domain, email and a bunch of other stuff like WYSIWYG page building tools...they are sooo easy to use, and it's only $20/month.

I'm actually trying to teach myself HTML, CSS and Javascript so I can have more control over certain design aspects of my site. If you're ambitious like me, check out these books:

Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual
JavaScript: The Missing Manual

I hope this helps icon_smile.gif

cylstrial Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 10:03pm
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Amy -- your website looked great!

And to the lady who sent the immotion website info, thanks! Your home webpage looked great!

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