Domain Registered? Now What?

Written by George M Ewing

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I have an insurance and investments broker client who, from veryrepparttar start, was particular about how he wantedrepparttar 134782 site to "look", but he hadn't given any thought about whatrepparttar 134783 site would accomplish. It took several months and many hours of conversation to develop a site plan. His site allows his clients to submit claims information, prospects to request more information about specific products, casual browsers to learn about his services, and his clients' employees to look up medical providers from various HMO and PPO plans. Without some planning, he could have ended up with a fancy "business card" and never gotten lots of leads from people who have visited his site.

Third, check whetherrepparttar 134784 web hosting company is providing Front Page extensions. Microsoft's Front Page 2000 (and other high-end web page editors), is a huge timesaver and gives you access to a wide selection of advanced functionality for your site (automatic form creation, marquees, java scripts, tables, etc.). Of course, you can always be a purist and learn HTML coding in your spare time.

Fourth, think long and hard about using affiliate advertising. My most successful web clients waited a year or more to gain any significant site traffic, and that was only as a result of a concerted marketing plan that publicizedrepparttar 134785 site to existing customers. Too many people, with no background in page layout and design, plop ads all over their sites and wait forrepparttar 134786 referral checks to roll in. The only thing they actually achieve is making their sites look like shoddy billboards for other sites. Affiliate ads "can" help drive traffic, but map out a plan and be very picky about who you sign up with. If your site is a local or regional site, look for ads from local and regional businesses that you (or your prospects) may already have a relationship with inrepparttar 134787 brick and mortar world.

Finally,repparttar 134788 best web sites are "works in progress". The web is an evolving collection of styles and technologies, and your presence on it can be as well. Keep tweaking.

George M Ewing, Help Desk Services, Inc., Malvern, PA, Tel. 610-408-0300

ADD GRAPHICS TO YOUR WEBSITE - without losing your mind!

Written by Rick Hunter

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2. Graphics Should Be Appropriate, Not Just Look Good

One mistake a lot of web developers and Internet marketers make is putting "cute" online graphics or photos on a website just because they look good. This is a great technique ifrepparttar images are relevant, irrelevant image placement just creates slower loading pages.

3. Don't Use Graphics When You Can Use Text

One logo, no matter how small, could take up to 5 seconds to load on a website. While this may not seem like a great length of time, it could meanrepparttar 134781 difference between losing an impatient customer or gettingrepparttar 134782 sale.

If your logos or graphics are based on simple fonts, then why use a graphic when one line of HTML code can producerepparttar 134783 same text effect? And it'll take 1/100th ofrepparttar 134784 time to load that one line of HTML as opposed torepparttar 134785 graphic.

You can also learn - quickly and easily - how to 'jazz up' your own photos or images to add them to your site. For example, if you just need to prepare your GIF or JPG images forrepparttar 134786 web by compressing them so that they will load faster, check outrepparttar 134787 free, ready-to-use "image cruncher" utilities at

This software is really simple to use. It requires no knowledge of computers and it has a fast learning curve.

This is just one example ofrepparttar 134788 information that's available onrepparttar 134789 web. With allrepparttar 134790 free and inexpensive online resources available to budding web designers, there's no excuse not to have a site that's jazzed up justrepparttar 134791 way you want it to be - without having to get a university degree or spend six months profit to do it.

Rick Hunter has more tools for new graphic designers at his website,

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