Once you have decided you need a web presence, you will have to decide which host provider you will be working with as well as which content management system (CMS) you will use. Today there are many CMS where you can receive free websites in a matter of minutes. However, while these may work for small businesses, it is always better to get a domain of your own and be self hosted from day one.
You may wonder why you should pay to have a website when you can get one for free. Well, firstly when you have a website with, say, Blogger or WordPress (free site), you will not have a domain that is completely your own. For example if you have a business called X you could have a website called www.X.com. However, with a free site you will have it called www.X.blogspot.com. While you may think that it does not matter much, the former does tend to look more professional and gives you an edge.
Most businesses which begin on any of the free sites ultimately decide to go self hosted after some time. Later though, once you have built up your page rank and presence on the internet, you will find that when you suddenly go from being hosted by WordPress or Blogger to being self hosted, you will lose your page rank and it will take some time before your presence on the internet comes back to its former glory. So again it is best to have your own website from day one.
Nowadays, there are very competitive rates for hosting your website. Bluehost offers extremely inexpensive hosting with excellent features. It also has great customer service which is very important in this line of work.
Joomla is a content management system which allows you to create a website in a few easy steps. The great thing about Joomla is that there is a demo feature. You can actually create a web page and content with their free account. The account remains live for a month during which you can use all the features that Joomla has to offer. All you need is an active email account.
Joomla is also great for more complex business requirements, for example reservation systems, inventory control systems, ecommerce integration and product catalogs. It is definitely a boon for more experienced developers to work with a system like this.
Joomla has a comprehensive community site with popular forums. If you have a question all you need to do is ask and there is always someone on hand to provide an answer. Bluehost likewise has a great support system making it easy for customers to find help with any of their queries. Their response time is also very short so you do not need to wait for a long time to continue with your website building.
Bluehost Joomla hosting is very popular both with businesses and people looking to create their own personal web presence. With a combination such as this you can be assured that you are receiving the best with respect to hosting and creating your website.