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So you want a website! Why?

It may seem facetious but it's worth sitting down with your colleagues and telling them why you want a website.

What's this site you want going to do? What are the results you want from it? Do you have any outcomes you'd like to see?

If you begin to think about these questions then, when we talk, we can start to contemplate what technologies we need to use to ensure your website does what you want.

Over the years I have worked with a number of web technologies. I've used MindBody Onlineintegrating it into clients sites as well as using the MBO friendly Live Edit Aurora (see yogahome.com). When necessary I hire in coding skills to help me realise clients needs. In a surprising turn of events I find myself enjoying mapping projects (the inner geek I guess) and have used other suppliers to help deliver these projects, See GilesPike and DiverseFutures respectively.

Hosting

I offer domain purchase, hosting and domain related email provision at very competitive rates. I also provide full FTP access to your site and an email user control panel.

CMS

I can provide a comprehensive CMS (Content Management System) that enables you to make alterations to your site's content.

RWD (Responsive Web Design)

With the many media devices now in use it is important you decide if you want your site built so it will 'work' on a mobile, a tablet/i-pad and a desktop. By using recent developments in web design we can render the site's content in different ways so it remains legible on each respective device. A site may look quite different depending upon the platform you are viewing it on.

As of 21 April 2015 Google began to penalise sites that do not have a mobile friendly element; the dreadfully named 'mobilegeddon' (big slap around the back of the head to the fool who coined that phrase). So what does this mean... well simply, your site needs to have a mobile friendly component.

See here for examples...

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation or how to make your site visible to search engines. Here's what the wiki says:

Optimizing a website may involve editing its content, HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic.

Not everyone's site needs to be optimised but a well built site will evince elements of SEO whether they are needed or not. SEO is something we can discuss at length. Good SEO may include use of social media, geographic specificty of your good or service, identifying keywords and phrases with which to populate content, the development of analytic tools to further develop your site's visibilty, etc...

Payment

Electronic payment always preferred. Details by invoice.

 

Assets

First stop should be filehippo.com for a multitude of free software:

Avast anti-virus

They run a corporate version and free version. For free it does what it needs to do. There is NO need to spend money on anti-virus software if you're a small operator. Recommended. We use to recommend AVG but it's become bloated and hungry for your computer's resources.

Open Office

Free office suite, you don't need to buy the Microsoft Office suite, this will cover it.

VLC

Open source media player, plays pretty much everything and doesn't need a pile of codecs to do it. Highly recommneded.

Audacity

Open source audio player and editor

Firefox

A browser and one with a host of free plug-ins that perform all manner of little tricks. Most usefully for me are:

- AdBlock Plus - removes all those unsightly adverts from your browser, much more peaceful (don't forget to register for a 'list' once you've installed this add-on);

- FireFTP - a simple FTP client in-browser. Works most all of the time, some limited functionality with the odd server;

- Firebug - web development tools that run in browser.

Spybot

Removes malware, adware and spyware. Defintetely good to run it on an irregular basis to ensure your machine is free of much of the detritus that adheres to yor machine as you browse the web - view wikipedia article.

 

Maintaining your anonymity online - good article here.

 

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