Homestead is far from the only operation offering low-priced Web hosting complete with hand-holding. Even Chicago-based Hostway Corp., which provides sites for a global base of big companies, midsize outfits and ordinary consumers like this writer, now offers an optional Web-based Site Clerk to simplify creation.
Yahoo also offers a version of Site Builder, as do many others. A Google search with Site Builder as a key word will show the scope of this race to make opening a hobby or e-commerce Web site as easy as and much cheaper than renting a strip mall storefront.
Back when Site Builder started, a lot of folks were raking in thousands--if not hundreds of thousands of dollars--creating Web sites for companies and wealthy institutions as the Internet boom turned out those irritating hordes of garage-based Web millionaires.
These savvy folks wanted site building to seem impossibly difficult. So they encouraged the widespread myth that to create a Web presence one needed to be a hyperkinetic Diet Pepsi-swilling, pizza-breath, acne-challenged geek genius with taped eyeglasses, a pocket protector and an IQ to match grandpa's cholesterol reading.
Bottom line - cheap web hosting and web designers are charging way too much.