Website Tutorial #8: Use Website Builder Software

Using a website builder, rather than design software, can make the website process quicker and easier to tackle.  If you are contemplating your choices, here are a few reasons why you should consider using a site builder.

 

Using a site builder can save you money in the beginning.  Design software can easily run upwards of $200 or more.  Many website builders will cost less than $20 per month, and that will usually include your hosting.  And, since your website builder and web host are connected, publishing your site will be as easy as pushing a button.

 

Website builders are designed to be easy to use.  They will feature a “what you see is what you get” editor (known as WYSIWYG). This allows you to see exactly what your website will look like while you create it.  You will not need to know HTML at all.  When you look at the editor, you will see something similar to a word processing screen.  You simply type away and are able to apply text formatting, insert pictures, and more.  What you see on your screen is what your website visitors will see when they pull your website up into their browser.

 

Most website builders will come loaded with various templates and graphics that you can use.  While web design software programs will usually have some templates or themes installed, they do not usually come packaged with any graphics.  If you want to include pictures on your website, you can use stock images found online.

 

A stock image is an image that has been submitted to a website by the photographer or illustrator who created the image.  There are some very affordable stock image websites, but there are also some expensive ones.  If you plan on using lots of graphics, using a website builder could potentially save you some money.

 

As mentioned above, the monthly fee you pay for your website builder will include your web hosting service.  Other features, such as message boards, online photo albums, shopping carts and more may also be included.

 

Website builders will also include some type of technical support.  This may include phone and email support, or just one of the two.  Either way, it will be much easier to get in touch with them for help, rather than calling Microsoft for help with FrontPage.

 

This Website Builder will have you up and on the web tonight. No HTML needed. Complete with a hosting set-up, shopping cart, autoresponder, and web site submission software. 10-day free trial. http://snipurl.com/o1mz.  If you want to get started online almost immediately and have no web building skills, this is an expedient way to get started.

 

NACWIB is a site that was built using this website builder.

 

You don’t have to use just this web builder.  In fact, you can do a search online and find various web builders.  Just enter “web builder” into your search engine and look at the various options, pricing, services. Be sure to select a site builder with good support services. 

Website Tutorial #7: Three Methods to Build a Website

On the technical side, you can choose from three methods to create your own web pages:* Do it yourself (D.I.Y.) – if you are well versed in using web page tools such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage to create your web pages then this option is probably the best for you.

 

 

W3 Schools provides free web building courses.   You can learn everything you need to know to put up a site from scratch using HTML language and al of the other protocols needed to build a website. Here’s my two sense on this; even if you plan to let someone else build you site, or you select one of the easier, quicker web site builders to use, learn a bit of HTML language.

 

 

As with any new language, once you learn the basic you can see where It’s going. I was totally pleased with how often I can now “read” HTML language and make minor changes on my websites as a result.  With a free class, you can’t lose..  http://www.w3schools.com/

 


* Hire A Free Lancer, Professional or Internal IT Team – if you don’t know how to create web pages, you may want to consider hiring professional help as learning how to create your own web pages can be time-consuming. While it can incur high professional fee, this option can be your best value for money in the long run. However, this option should be filtered out if you’re on a strict budget.* Use a Site Builder instead of web Design Software and do it yourself. If you are new to the world of online businesses, building your first website can be an intimidating thought.  Of course, you know that having a website is important and can greatly increase your business.

 

 

Website Tutorial #6: How to Build a Site with FrontPage

Let me just say that I love FrontPage and have built most of my sites with that software.  The unfortunate thing is that FrontPage is no longer being produced. You’d have to find a copy of the software on eBay or somewhere else.  So if you don’t already have it, these instructions may not work for you.  If you do have it, here’s how to get a site up. 

 

Building a website in FrontPage is quite easy, and you do not need any prior HTML experience. Here are some basic instructions for creating a simple website.

 

Create site: Click the icon on the top of your toolbar that looks like a blank piece of paper. From there, click site. This will create a new, blank website.

 

Add tables: Adding tables to your site will make the design process easy. To insert a table, go to “Table”, then “insert table”. A dialog box will open and you can determine the number of columns and rows you want your table to contain.

 

I like to use a table that is 1 column x 1 row on top (for my heading). Under that, I insert a table that is 3 columns x 1 row. This is for the “body” of my site. The column that is further to the left will contain my navigation, the middle column will contain articles and the far right column can contain ads. At the bottom of my site, I create another 1 column x 1 row table for my footer.

 

When I create tables, I use the following specs: width is 750 pixels, cell padding is 3, cell spacing is 2, and the background color is white.

 

Set Theme: The “theme” is the color scheme of your text, hyperlinks, background color, etc. FrontPage has several pre-installed themes. To set the theme, click on Format, then Theme. A box will open on your right, and it will display the pre-installed selections. Under the selections will be a link titled “create new theme”. Click on it to customize your own color scheme.

 

Add Content: Now you can start adding content to your site. If you have prior experience with Microsoft Word or Publisher, you will feel right at home in FrontPage. You can type, add pictures, and everything else you would do in a normal word processing software.

 

Add More Pages: When you are ready to add new pages to your site, you simply click on “new page” under “File”. 

Website Tutorial #5: Set Up the Nameservers

A nameserver is a set of letters and numbers that help your web browser find your website. When a visitor to your website types in yourdomain.com into their browser, the name server points your browser to your host, and then your website.

An example of a nameserver would be: “NS335.YourHost.com”.

 

Even if you purchased your domain from a company that also offers hosting, you do not have to use them. There are many hosting companies out there, and you can shop around and find one that offers you the best deal for your needs.

 

You will need to go to the company where you purchased your domains from and change your nameservers to the ones that were provided to you by the hosting company.

 

To do this:

 

Go to the website where you purchased your domain and enter your log-in information. There should be some navigation that you can click on to access your domains.

 

Once you are at a screen that contains a list of your domains, click on the one that you are updating the information for.

After you have selected the correct domain, you should be able to click on nameservers”. This should bring up a screen that allows you to change your nameservers.

 

Note: Your hosting company will give you your name server information in their welcome email.

It can take up to 48 hours for this change to take effect. During this time, your site may fluctuate between being online and offline.

Website Tutorial #4: Get a Web Host

The next thing to do is find a web host. Any business needs a place to call home. If you run a conventional business, you have to rent space in an office or shopping complex. In the case of setting up an Internet Business, you need to set up a virtual space. You do so by creating a website and finding a host for your site. A web host company that makes your site available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) by maintaining it on a Web server.

 

The host of your website is the server. Your website sits on the hard disk of a big computer called a server that is connected to the Internet 24 hours a day. The server can also host other websites simultaneously.


Selecting a Web Host: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

 

With thousands of web hosting companies to choose from, you have plenty of opportunity to select the one that’s right for your business. It is always a good idea to research web host companies before signing on with one, especially one that requires a certain term of service.

 

Though there are a large number of free web hosting services, there are many reasons to select a paid hosting company. In order to be a professional and successful online business, you need your own domain name. If you use a free service, your domain name will be something like

 

“www.AnotherCompany.com/YourCompany”

 

This is difficult to remember, and it’s a big-time hint to savvy internet users that you’re running a small-time company. Also, free web hosts don’t provide you with your own e-mail addresses. An e-mail address of flowersforever@yahoo.com is another tip-off that you’re the sole employee of your business.

 

 

Fortunately, you can find a good web host for a low price. Here’s a site for a quality, dependable web host with packages starting at $5.00 a month for one site, $10.00 a month for multiple sites. The site provides great technical support. Click this http://snipurl.com/1fcou

 


When sourcing for a good web host, you want to make sure that your host has a fast connection to the Internet and can handle large numbers of simultaneous visits (also known as hits) that your website is sure to get eventually. You also want to make sure that your web host offers a variety of related services, including some or all of the following:

 

E-mail addresses. You’re like to be able to get several e-mail addresses for your own. Many web hosts also give you special e-mail addresses called autoresponders.

 

Domain name. You and I have just covered this subject above.* Web page software. Some web hosting services include web page authoring / editing software.

* Multimedia / CGI scripts. Some web hosting services have the ability to serve complex and memory-intensive content such as RealAudio sound files or RealVideo video clips. They also let you process web page forms that you include on your site by executing computer programs called CGI scripts.

* Shopping Cart software. Most organizations prove you with Web page forms that you can fill out to create sale items and offer them in an online shopping cart.

* Site statistics. Site statistics give you an idea of how many visitors you have received.

* Shopping and electronic commerce features and more.

 

 

 

What is an FTP program?FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. An FTP Program enables you to deliver digital files to your website’s host directly from your own computer through the Internet so that your website can be ready to be viewed by your visitors. This program is also enables you to edit and delete existing web pages and images. A web host will provide the FTP program for you.