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19
Jan

Snow we go its time for your own website some basic advice

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As you can imagine I get a lot of questions asked about websites so thought I would explain what you need to do to get a website presence. For any business (small or big), charity, organisation or community project you need a web presence basically its a shop window or sign post to you 27/7 (24 hrs - seven days a week)

A good website needs planning I always say think big but start small I use a CMS (Content Management System) called joomla which allows you to easily expand without too much cost. The costly part of a website is your time producing the content. As i say a website is as only good as its content. You can make it look 'pretty' but you need to make sure your content is updated and relevant for returning customers.

You can start your website for free with google websites > https://sites.google.com an ideal start to get to understand a website and then decide if you want to take more control and add more dynamic features.

Plan your site on paper first. What pages do you want? Start with a home page with links to a About Us, Contact us, News / Blog, Advice / FAQs

Also try writing a free blog to get into a habit of writing content if you cannot get into the habit of writing content your website will fail so a blog is a good start and you can if using a system like I use joomla you can easily import all your content into your website from your blog later. A good free blogger is http://www.blogger.com/ You do not need to write a lot, little and often like most things in life is best *smile* I do have another blog about setting up a blog.

Of course the first thing is to come up with a name / brand. Take time thinking about this and look to see what is out there using google. For my business I went for cf10ten (long story) rather than chris franklin. As you will see if you googl there are many chris franklin! (167,000,000 results) and with cf10ten ( 359,000 results which are mainly mine)

A good place to start http://namechk.com/ which will check your name for domains and social networking which you will need. No need to buy from them.

Its good to have a social network presence on facebook and twitter but do not rely on this as though a must your content will be lost on social networks and is not always free as you will find out. Best method is to add content to your website and push it to your facebook / twitter pages and with most website builders this can be set up to publish automatically. I always set this up on my customers joomla websites.

Also worth setting up a youtube account as video is getting more important and its easy to add video to your website, more on this soon.

Then consider a logo / graphic and of course you can have a play yourself or go for a professional design contact Emma at > This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know a good designer let me know.

Next step you will need a domain name and this will cost you  about £6- £12 a year I will give more advice on this soon and point you in the right direction. This is just your domain name think of it as a registration like a car number plate which is unique to you / company.

If you take the step for your own website you will need web space, basically is a folder on a server which allows you to put in content and share to the world via the internet and your domain name. Webspace will cost you around £50 - £75 a year and will give you the space for a large website and your own email addresses. I will write more on this and of course happy to point you in the right direction.

You will then need something to build your website. I recommend joomla as its open source no license fee, no software required (just need an internet connection) and well supported and developed. There are others all very good but will stick with joomla and will give more advice but of course feel free to contact me with your questions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What else can you have on your joomla website? photo / video galleries, forms, shop, blog, document management system, forums, directories, events calendar, search and so much more but apparently it can't make your coffee... yet! *smile*

Okay covered a lot of ground and will write more soon. Feel free to ask me questions or of course ask for a quote........ now go write your own blog or start website planning  *smile*

Just to show off a few photos from the snow uploaded nto my website with a couple of clicks *smile*

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