Step One: Develop Content
You may hire the finest graphic artists and the most talented web designers in the country to actually build your web site, but ultimately you're the one that determines whether your web site is a success or failure. Well written, useful content is the core of any good web site. You will need pics, articles, blogs, videos - you will also need - pics, articles, blogs, and videos - OH WAIT - I already said that...If we have to search content, get pics, video, artles, and blogs there will be a charge of $65 an hour. Seriously.
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Step Two: Pick a Domain
Picking out and registering a domain is an important step in building a successful web site. Your domain (or web address or URL) will become your identity on the web and a confusing, misleading, or embarrassing domain name can make it difficult for your web site (and thus, your firm or organization) to be taken seriously. The same is true for your email address, which will likely also use your domain name.
When it comes to picking the domain name to register, here are some tips:
A Word of Warning! You may notice that some hosting companies offer "free domains" if you sign up for their hosting service. Make sure you read the fine print. In many cases, the "free domain" is registered in the name of the hosting company and if you change hosts or if the host goes out of business, you could lose your domain.
Step Three: Hosting
You've put together a good plan for your site, you've written some of the content, and you've registered a domain name. Now it's time to think about where your web site will live. We are the one stop shop for domains and hosting.
All too often, a web designer will have a potential client visit his or her office with a horror story that begins something like this: "Well, my golf buddy said his neighbor's kid was really great with computers, so..." Invariably, that story ends with the potential client admitting that he or she has wasted thousands of dollars and months of work on an incomplete, non-functional, or simply non-existant web site. The moral of the story? Professional web sites are built by professionals. If you hire an inexperienced amateur, delegate the project to a non-web designer employee, or even try to do it yourself, there's a good chance you'll end up exhausting your budget without getting a product you can be proud of in return. That said, if you understand the process and the options that are available, a solid and effective web site can be developed even on the slimmest budget.
Thanks to the always-on nature of web sites, a neglected or broken web site can be just as harmful to your business or organization as a functional web site can be useful. If a potential client finds your web site and discovers it's full of outdated content, broken links, missing images, or incorrect contact information, he or she is likely to develop a strongly negative opinion as to your ministry or organization's professionalism. As discussed above, before your web site is built you should have budgeted the time and money for regular upkeep and you should have worked out a plan with your designer (or picked an appropriate out-of-the-box solution) to ensure easy maintenance.
Here are some tips to keep your web site in top form:
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