Mar 7, 2004, 10:15 PM
Post #3 of 3
Domain name registration alone should actually run significantly less than $100 USD/year, more on the order of $10 to $20 USD. Try GoDaddy, ServerCentral (who's actually reselling registration via eNom, or Dotster. Even the evil bloodsuckers encarnate, Network Solutions is only charging $35/year, with discounts given for multi-year registrations.
I suspect the $100/year price included a "starter" hosting package, which typically includes a block of 1-10 email addresses/boxes, and a limited amount of webspace and monthly bandwidth. Unless you have big plans some of these packages are worthwhile investigating particularly as they often include simplified web page builder software.
One thing to consider with regards to Microsoft Frontpage is that is has a reputation for generating ugly, non-standards compliant code, which, except for very simple websites causes problems for browsers other than Internet Explorer and machines which do not have strong Microsoft underpinnings. For full functionality it also requires a webhost that provides access to "Frontpage extensions", which creates truely ugly directory structures.
The times I attempted to work with Frontpage, I found it to be extremely non-intuitive. Personally I'd either go cheap, or because there's learning time that's going to be invested step out and get something industrial strength (and unfortunately priced) like Macromedia Dreamweaver or Adobe GoLive.