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Hi,
I want to build a website for my small business.
I will show some product images, and information, on the pages.
I am not techy, but have some knowledge.
Suggest best way tool/template etc + Domain name registration process for my small business.
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I would work with Microsoft and their Office 365 service for small businesses because they will help you with all of that!

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/business/office-365-small-business-small-business-software-FX103887194.aspx

You can host your domain, email and website with them!
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If you are not familiar with building a web site, stick to the templated/hosted solutions:

http://www.squarespace.com
http://www.wix.com
http://www.weebly.com
http://www.wordpress.com/

These services will allow you to create very nicely formatted pages with varying degrees of extra stuff for a moderate monthly fee.  Because the services are all hosted for you, the host takes care of security and other issues that a novice web developer will not fully understand nor implement correctly.  As you work towards the limits of the above, you will gain enough knowledge to branch out to your own systems or more advanced content management solutions.
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THis is what we use.
Excellent support, resources, training, etc., it is paid though.

http://www.magentocommerce.com/
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Drupal and Wordpress are free, MicroSoft, Magento and other solutions are not. So it depends on how much you want to spend. I am most familiar with Drupal, it has easy ways to add products although a fairly steep learning curve. But you have us here to answer questions.
Are you going to use the website to sell these products?
It  is good to register your domain name and use hosting in the same place. Godaddy is cheap for registering the name, but their hosting can suddenly screw up your whole website. Dreamhost is pretty cheap for hosting and more reliable, but they have certain rules, like if you set up a contact form, the email cannot have a from email address of the person contacting you, which means you can't just hit reply to answer. The best hosting for Drupal is Civihosting.com. They charge $10 to register a domain name if you are hosting there. They have a LOT of tech support for Drupal.
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Dreamhost is pretty cheap for hosting and more reliable, but they have certain rules, like if you set up a contact form, the email cannot have a from email address of the person contacting you, which means you can't just hit reply to answer.

FYI: This rule goes away if you go with VPS or Dedicated hosting.
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Jason - how expensive is VPS or dedicated hosting, and can you sign up for that with limited knowledge on running a website let alone the server stuff?
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The VPS on Dreamhost isn't that bad.  Base cost is $15/month and it scales up depending on how much RAM you need to allocate to the VPS.  More RAM = more $$$. I think it maxes out at 4 gigs RAM for $200/month.

The dedicated stuff is a bit more expensive, has a higher baseline, and you also need to account for drive space:  2gigs RAM, 500 gig drive on a desktop machine for $109/month up to a quad-core, 16gig RAM, 1 TB drive, RAID 1 server for $229/month.  

You can successfully run VPS or dedicated using nothing but the Dreamhost Control Panel.  The servers come preconfigured with LAMP stuff and ready to run.  The big difference from the shared hosting is that you get sudo access to the machines and their support will tell you "if you break it, you fix it" but in reality they still give you good support and still roll in patches and updates for you.  If you decide to upgrade PHP yourself, you can but you have do it...they won't do something like that for you.
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by:sharepointDepot
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Hi,
If Office 365 gives office (Word, Excel, PPTs)suit.    But... do they give place for creating public facing websites to place content on it in the same package ?
because the other solutions surely gives that  CMS :
http://www.squarespace.com/tour/businesses/
but do office 365 gives that all ?
Pls suggest .
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by:Skyler Kincaid
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Yes they do. They offer hosting of pretty much everything. I would recommend calling them and seeing what kind of deal they can give you on the service as a package.
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Hi,
Public website, no links available on  office 365 website link.
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