Do It Yourself

CloudLadder takes care of the grubby details for most clients. Others tackle building their website themselves. This page provides links to resources for those who have the skills, time, and determination to slug through acquiring domain names, purchasing hosting, preparing the site code and more.

Domain Names and Hosting

There are many providers in this field and there is much competition. The prices for services change rapidly as the technology evolves.

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Google offers domain names with a very wide range of suffixes (TLD – top level domains) [CloudLadder is not affiliated with Google]:

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Warpline – low-cost hosting service and domain name registration

DreamHost – Full service hosting and domain name registration



1and1 – Full service hosting and domain name registration

Bluehost – Full service hosting and domain name registration



Website engine for use in your own hosted site – see

WordPress help page for setting up a business site

For a no cost approach use

Live Writer

For many years the very best editing tool was Microsoft Windows Live Writer. Sadly Microsoft has discontinued this tool, but the code was opened to the Open Source community. Open Live Writer was released in 2017, however it has not seen any recent updates.

Download Open Live Writer

For Live Writer tutorials and tips see


Expression Web 4

A complete website can be built with a HTML editor. Years ago Microsoft offered a fine graphical tool, Expression Web. This has been discontinued for many years, but the editor continues to be available from Microsoft.  To build your own website using an easy graphical interface or HTML you can get Microsoft Expression Web 4 – it is free!

Download Expression Web 4

Social Media

Just so you wont forget the social media part, here are some links



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