Thursday, February 8, 2007

Website Making Experience

I never thought of getting into the Internet world as much as I am involved in it now. Way back in 1995, when I was first exposed to the Internet, I was only addicted to chatting (IRC), spending hours and hours infront of the computer, virtually meeting people who were miles and miles away from me. Yet it was a very amusing experience, keeping in touch with these people through the wonderful thing called - the Internet.

The Push

I got so frustrated when I found out that there was no website providing information about my home province - Bohol. All I wanted was to make information about Bohol to be available in the Internet. And so, I started to do a research on how to make a website. In 1999, after four long years of chatting and surfing in the Internet, I finally published my own website - www.bohol-island.com

The Start

I wasn't that easy. We didn't have softwares, designing tools, formal training and experience in working on a website then. Fortunately, my husband, who is also into computers, discovered how to design a website using a very simple tool using the Netscape. He also taught me how to do it and there it is, I got hooked.

Registering a domain name then wasn't that easy, the same way finding a webhost was equally not easy too. And in addition to that, I didn't own a credit card. So, I had to send US dollars to my friend in Seattle, and she paid the domain names and hosting fees for me.

Nowadays, we are very lucky because, we can buy domain names so easily. There are lots of domain name registrars around who offer special deals, such as:

$8.95 Domain Names Transfers from Dotster

Finance your Domain Name Purchase


When I started, domain names cost $35/year and only provided by NetWorkSolutions and nothing else. But now, domain names are already very affordable.

Choosing a webhost was also not easy. In my case, I had to choose a webhost who was willing to accept my terms, since I am based in the Philippines. I have ceased being connected to my first webhost. I can't even remember what was the name of that company. I am just very lucky that I found a very reliable and trustworthy webhost company whos owner and his wife has already become my friends.

However, for starters, you may choose from any of these companies:

Host Unlimited Domains on 1 Account

IX Web Hosting

PowWeb Hosting - Only $7.77 per month


Bluehost.com Web Hosting $6.95

HostRocket.Com - 1000MB 50GB - $9.95


Fast, Reliable Website Hosting