Of late, many online websire businesses have been up and coming using mini sales page sites or mini adsense sites. It’s fairly fast to create a minisite and, highly affordable to get one created.So what is the cheapest way to create a minisite for cheap? What is the cheapest place to have a minisite designed? Or is everyone paying $20/month for each of their 200 sites?
One option is to purchase for a domain with privacy then use a free blog like wordpress, blogger or squidoo. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Buy a name from godaddy, get hosting from Hostgator and then install a simple WordPress theme. Hostgator has tutorial videos to show you how to do EVERYTHING you need to accomplish this. Also, most hosting plans allow add-on domains, which means you can pay about $7 per month to host unlimited domains and websites.
With this in mind, you can literally run all your websites for under $20/ month:
- 1) Get a domain at Namecheap or GoDaddy (Do a google search to find their discount coupons)
- 2) Search for a reliable web host with chat support ($70 – $120/year with add-on domains)
- 3) Use a web host with cpanel and 1-click wordpress installation
Hostgator is the best for new or seasoned internet marketer and only host I would stick after my experience with bluehost, dreamhost, fatcow and the worst of the lot, arvixe. Which ever you decide to choose, I would caution you not to add to many more to the one account. Once your sites start building in size…more pages, more content..etc…then there is a good chance they will start to run slower. Most of the hosting companies say “unlimited” number of sites but that can be a little misleading.
If you are starting to really build a fair amount of sites, it’s a fairly common practice for those with several sites to split your sites up among different IP addresses. This is good for several reasons but a couple of the main concerns for avoiding hosting several blogs on the same IP are as follows:
- 1. If there is a problem with a host that causes down time then it doesnt affect all of your sites
- 2. If all of your sites are on one IP and you do something with one of them to “upset” Google and they “slap” you then there is a good chance all of your sites on that IP cold get punished at the same time. Doesnt mean it will happen but there is a decent chance of it.
There are several other reasons but these are typically the main concerns for hosting multiple blogs on 1 IP.
As a general rule of thumb its a good idea not to host more than 12-15 (some people say less, some more) WP blogs on one IP. As mentioned before your sites can grow to be somewhat large over time, add to that the resources that some plugins require and your sites performance can really slow down.
If you’ve some money to spend, Unbounce dot com is a good choice too. They host all your minisites and offer nicely designed minisite templates. Also, you can customize the templates with its WYSIWYG editing tools. Everything is drag-and-drop so you don’t have to touch the codings part.
You’ll need to buy a domain name elsewhere though.
Host Gator actually is one of the few hosting companies that will allow you to host multiple sites on different class C networks. Many have said it and I repeat for voting in favor of it. Yes, use Hostgator at $10 per month – in theory you can host unlimited number of domains. Yes, buy domain names from reliable resellers – personally I use GoDaddy. And yes, use WordPress – that’s free. If you want to remain really cheap go for a .info – is really cheap for the first year at $1.
Here are a few recommendations for web hosting solutions:
HostGator.com is good but a bit more expensive and you don’t get the dedicated IP and the free domain. But Hostgator has a complete library of how-to videos and a 24 hour phone and online chat support which are essential for beginners.
IXwebhosting also has started a new “Support” system that will certainly be copied by all the other hosting companies. I have 3 support people to email at any time I choose. This is in addition to the 24 hour telephone support etc. I’ve been with them for over 6 years and have no complaints at all. $3.95 per mo is their cheap plan, but I would recommend the next one up. Money back guarantee any time, the last time I checked.
FusionHost.com offers the cheapest hosting for unlimited domains. You also get a free dedicated IP for your hosting account which is great for SEO and a free domain with every account.
Recommendations for website creation software and free resources:
Free web creation software – A cheaper solution is to find free or cheap templates online and edit them yourself using a free HTML Editor like Kompozer, Nvu, HTMLKit or Coffee Cup Editor’s free 28 Days trial.