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I am wanting to start a website for my small business and am pretty well illiterate when it comes to that. Am curious if anyone has any tips, links, etc. Thanks in advance.
 

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I used Yahoo/Geocities to make my personal website.......It was free then, maybe still is....not too difficult, trial and error and you get the hang of it.

For a real simple solution, you could make a Yahoo or MSN group as your website.......not real adaptable though, but it is out there.

Your best bet, is probably to hire someone to make a proffesional looking site for you.........
 

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I would check with your internet provider (ISP) depending on the plan you have they would more then likely have this service included with your account. Many of them offer personal and bis web site building tools. It is easy if you are just advertising your wears, but it becomes more involved if you require a shopping basket, so your customers could buy online. Be prepared to lay down some cash at this point, inventory control and shopping require a separate purchase of software............ good luck
 

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As far as I understand (my very little knowledge) it goes like this
1) You need to buy a domain. Try www.godaddy.com for cheap domains (6 bucks a year)
2) Then you need to make a website (can be done offline) in a program like Dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage (your comp shoulda come with this out of the package)
3) Then you dump your site unto your domain, this is called publishing.
I was advised to buy the "Dummies" book for making websites, apparently it's really helpful.


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Quite simple but the easiest method is by using a web authoring tool. They can be found in Microsoft Word, or Phortoshop. Once you find a provider (mine supplies 20 meg site per email address as part of your monthly rate) they can provide further assistance on what will work best, i.e "fttp" etc.
Here are two that I have done, the "daltonboys" is still under construction but will give you some idea what can be done very easily. I have kept both rather simple but can be updated, changed rather quickly. If you need some assistance please feel free to ask.

Regards.

http://members.shaw.ca/mainstreetcruisers/

http://members.shaw.ca/daltonboys
 

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Nightfire said:
As far as I understand (my very little knowledge) it goes like this
1) You need to buy a domain. Try www.godaddy.com for cheap domains (6 bucks a year)
2) Then you need to make a website (can be done offline) in a program like Dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage (your comp shoulda come with this out of the package)
3) Then you dump your site unto your domain, this is called publishing.
I was advised to buy the "Dummies" book for making websites, apparently it's really helpful.


Mike
best advice in this thread so far.

geocities/yahoo and even local providers do offer webhosting and tools to build sites, but they are not at all professional in their appearance or their domain name. Do you really want customers to have to type http://geocities.yourcompany.com ???

since you are posting this on here, and saying that you dont know much, i would seriously recommend hiring someone to do this for you.

the best way to go about it is to purchase a domain name (ocbaud.com for example) from a place like godaddy.com. with that you would need to setup a dns service to forward the domain name to the ip address of your server or hosting service. It would probably be easiest on you to use a hosting service instead of setting up your own dedicated webserver.

figure anywhere between $200-$2000 for initial setup of a site.

domain name = $ (yearly fee, cheap though)
webhosting = $ ($10-$200+ a month)
web site design = $$$ (name your price and you'll get what you pay for)


my site, www.ocbaud.com , is really cheap because i do it all myself.

the webserver i run myself, so its free
the domain name is something like $7 a year
and the design is an easily modified cms layout for photoblogs
 

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Nightfire said:
As far as I understand (my very little knowledge) it goes like this
1) You need to buy a domain. Try www.godaddy.com for cheap domains (6 bucks a year)
2) Then you need to make a website (can be done offline) in a program like Dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage (your comp shoulda come with this out of the package)
3) Then you dump your site unto your domain, this is called publishing.
I was advised to buy the "Dummies" book for making websites, apparently it's really helpful.


Mike
I suggest you check out http://nodaddy.com before GoDaddy. You might not like having a registrar who appears to be ready to jerk the domain out from under you with 52 seconds warning.

As for creating a web site using Microsoft Frontpage, that's the next to last piece of software I'd turn to, especially for a business site. The only thing worse would be to use MS Office (any of the multitude of versions). Both products are notorious and infamous for creating bloated, broken, non-standard web pages.

The first thing to do before creating a business website is to decide what you want it to accomplish:

1. Is it simply to provide a means of contact?

2. Is it to provide a showplace -- to inform potential customers of the business, what it offers, and where to go?

3. Is it to provide a means of ordering online?

Each of those goals has very different requirements, with number 3 being the toughest. If you provide a means of a customer using a credit card on a website, you need to be aware of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. You can get some info about that at http://www.visa.com/cisp

The other two goals can be accomplished without much trouble. If your storage space (for the files needed for your web pages) is small and your bandwidth (how many bytes will be transferred during a given month) is low, you might get by with free hosting or get by with what your ISP provides. Free hosting generally involves the hosting service provider slapping their own advertisements on your pages as they are served to visitors. The "page" provided by the typical ISP will have a URL something like

www . yourISP . com / ~yourusername

That doesn't help your business name get recognition unless your ISP account is in that business name. A lot of ISP's charge more for business accounts.

A domain can be registered -- see http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html for a list of accredited ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) registrars. Prices, service, and protection varies widely with registrars. (See the above link to nodaddy.com GoDaddy is cheap but apparently will sell out a customer on a rumor).

Registering a domain gets that domain name recognized by the root servers of the Internet. It does not get a website online. For that, you need a hosting service, either yourself or hired. Since you're asking about putting a website online, I strongly suggest you not host it yourself. (Botnets of MS Windows computers are going for $50 - $60 per 1,000 to 2,000 computers right now and the world doesn't need another spam generator going online).

Just as a sampling of the range of hosting service providers (there are thousands available):

http://evilhosting.org
http://dreamhost.com
http://pair.com
http://www.rackspace.com

There are hosting service providers which will provide several drop-in scripts or functions for business sites. Others are geared mostly toward "vanity" sites. You should check out reputations and your needs before choosing.

Writing the web pages is the easiest part. As I indicated before, stay away from MS Office and MS Frontpage, unless you want to exclude large chunks of visitors, use up to 10 times as much bandwidth as really needed for your pages, and be left with hard to maintain, non-standard HTML.

If you want an excellent tutorial on writing HTML, broken into quick and easy, numbered lessons, see http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tut/lessons.html

Here is an example of a simple, hand-written, standards-compliant static HTML page:

http://edge-op.org/grouch/plant_stand.html

Use "view source" in your web browser to see the "code" (HTML).

Here is an example of a dynamic (written in PHP, interpreted by the webserver on-the-fly), standards-compliant page:

http://edge-op.org/1949_Oldsmobile/index.php

The source for that page is:

http://edge-op.org/1949_Oldsmobile/index.phps

It's pretty much like everything else: You decide what you want to accomplish and then pick the path that gets you there.
 

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Hosting can be an issue. You will need a server or rent one at a company. Rack space can be expensive.
If you decide to do this at home check with your ISP. You may bandwidth limitations. You will need a lot of upstream speed. You don't want people getting frustrated waiting for a page to load.
 
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