Ok, so you may be wondering why I am offering advice on Web Design & Building. Well I am just providing links to some useful sites to visit that will detail the professional approach to creating a Web site and sites where you can get that all important Domain name. So read on as there may be something to help you create your own Web Site.
Think about it - you go to a Web site and find a subject you are interested in and the particular page is a little disappointing with a message saying "under construction" and has little content. Do you a) instantly hit the back button and go searching for a new site or b) bookmark the page and think "I'll go back there soon and see if it it finished yet!". Ok, so how many of you chose option b) - not many I expect. If a Web page cannot offer you the information you want right now then you are very unlikely to bookmark it and go back again at a later date.
I made this mistake (and am still making it) with my Web site as I was anxious to get at least something up and running and some of the pages contained little information of the subject of interest - e.g my "cats" page only contained pictures of my cats - and this is not what people want.
I am in the process of correcting this but was also wary of removing any existing pages (that weren't 100%) as visitors do not like to find pages deleted even if they contained little information.
So my advice to you (and I am now taking it myself) is to not publish a page until you are 90% happy with it and are sure that visitors can gain something from it.
Looking for a Domain name then try this site. This is where I purchased my Domain name mismatch.co.uk.
On the site you will be able to enter your chosen Domain name and then you will be able to find out if the Domain name is free with varying Domains (e.g. .com, .co.uk, .net, .org, .org.uk). You can also see who has bought that Domain name that you so badly wanted (I was unable to buy mismatch.com as it had already gone!)
The cost (as at Feb 01) for 2 years is generally as follows:
£35 for .net, .com and .org
Click below to search for your ideal Domain name:
Web Hosting Sites
Check out "Active ASP" to see if they are suitable
to host your Web site.
You really can earn money while you sleep if you sign up to an affiliate program.
There are two main ways of earning commissions -
1) Add a link to your Web site and make money from each person that clicks on your link.
2) Add a link to your Web site and make money from each sale that is generated from the link.
Each affiliate program has its pro's and con's and you need to read all the small print to see if the program is appropriate for you and your site. Most sites do not pay the commission until you reach a minimum amount (usually between £25 and £50) and this may take some time if you only have a small site and not many visitors.
I have joined a few affiliate sites and will let you know how I get on!
Don't expect to get rich quick from these programs but they may provide an additional income for your site if you are prepared to add links to your site.
Sites Offering Affiliate Programs
There are hundreds of sites offering Affiliate programs but some of the more popular sites offer them too. Click on these links to take you directly to the Affiliate program information:
Visit Tradedoubler to register for loads of affiliate programs. View the individual terms and conditions to see how much money you can make and any restrictions.
Here are some site offering a variety of tools to not only help you build your Web site but maintain it and get it submitted to search engines.
A useful site for everything Web design related. There are lots of free tools on the site and one of the most useful tool I use of their site is "Hitbox Doctor". The following are FREE services:
HitBox Image Reducer
HitBox Meta Tag Generator
1) to act as a webmaster community/portal and
2) to be home to the HitBox line of Internet-based Web audience analysis services.
The objective of HitBox.com is to
be the first place webmasters go to find tools and resources to improve their Web presence
and to interact with other webmasters.
Technologies, tools, and services
Internet-based Web audience analysis services:
I found a lot of useful Java scripts on this site and they are all free. The random lottery number script was downloaded from this site and they also provide such utilities as search engines, utilities to check your Web site and many categories of scripts such as banners, games, music, sound, utilities, multimedia etc. etc.
Click on the banner above to go to their home page or click on the link below to go direct to their Java script download page:
If you have Satellite TV then check out ".tv". One of the best programs it does is "Masterclass". This provides all sorts of advice and tips on using both software and hardware.
They have question & answer sessions and talk you through using software products for the first time. They do some excellent shows about building Web sites so it is well worth a look.