Some Simple Website Advice

Recently, I was asked some advice about building and managing a website. I have two different paths I believe small business owners should take: hosting your own site and using

If you aren’t trying to directly do eCommerce through your website, is a great option for building a simple business site. It is an easy to use content management system, and at $130 Canadian for the year, it isn’t very expensive either. It comes with a free domain name registration or if you already have a domain, you can map it to

If you want to host it yourself, the following are my recommendations.

I recommend A Small Orange for hosting. Their $50 USD a year basic plan is pretty nice, and their $20 USD per month business plan includes a free SSL. I have always had a good experience with them, and their support is top notch.

Google Apps for Work is great for email hosting and management. It is $60/user/year and provides lots of email storage, and ease of use. For this price, you also get 10 aliases. Aliases are email addresses that go to the same user. So you can have, and all going to the same inbox.

As for domain registration/renewal and management, I recommend Hover for $13/year.

I just recently talked a family friend through all of this, and then we decided to go with because it was fast, easy and simple. I am sure he will be very happy with the results.

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Updated the price of Google Apps. Thanks Tom!

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