Planning a website to market your home based business part2

Written by Kathy Joyce

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Don't use large graphics for navigation buttons as it makesrepparttar page slow to download. Rollover buttons can look good but make sure thatrepparttar 117174 graphics are optimised first so that they are as small as possible.

Debabblizer is great for optimising images and supports many different file types.

If you don't know how to create rollover buttons they are very simple and just require two small images both of which arerepparttar 117175 same size. Make sure that both graphics are inrepparttar 117176 same directory and name them image1.gif and image2.gif

Here is a tutorial that you may find useful, it shows you how to build rollover buttons using javascript. You don't need any knowledge of programing.

A good graphics program which is inexpensive and capable of doing lots of things with graphics is Paint Shop Pro. Download it from here at just $99 and get $75 free software You can create images using it's advanced drawing tools or import your own.

Also if you use graphics make sure that you use alt tags with descriptions. this is a good idea as ifrepparttar 117177 buttons take a few seconds to downloadrepparttar 117178 alt tag will appear first. It's also good forrepparttar 117179 visually impaired.

If you use plain text links in your navigation bar instead of just givingrepparttar 117180 page name e.g. "blue widgets", make it more interesting encouraging visitors to click onrepparttar 117181 link. e.g. "For an outstanding, hard wearing blue widget click here"

Logo Design a logo for your site. This will appear atrepparttar 117182 top of every page in your site. Keep it simple and make sure thatrepparttar 117183 image doesn't take more than a couple of seconds to download. Design it on paper first and then create it using a graphics program.

Building a website isn't difficult. Knowing what your site is about, carefull planning,(maybe some basic knowledge of HTML) and some software is really all you need. There are also many tutorials and articles onrepparttar 117184 internet which can help.

Kathy has her own mlm online business which you can visit at She has written several other articles which you can find at

How to plan a website to market your home based business part1

Written by Kathy Joyce

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3 What is your content going to be, and how are you going to present it?

Good content is vital. Make each page theme focused and write as if you were talking to a friend. Think what it is that you are trying to achieve and work towards a most wanted response atrepparttar end ofrepparttar 117173 page.

What do you want your visitor to do?

4 Get yourself a domain name. It looks much more professional to have your own domain name rather than userepparttar 117174 free space that comes with your service provider.

It doesn't cost much to buy a domain name and it will give you an enormous advantage. Next you will need to find a web hosting company. I can recommend They charge $19.95 a month (or just under 12 a month) with a 60 day money back guarantee. I use them for several of my websites and always find them to be helpful and quick to respond to any queries I may have.

When you have made these important decisions thenrepparttar 117175 next step is to planrepparttar 117176 site.

Planning your site

Plan your website on paper first. First plan your pages. Start withrepparttar 117177 index or home page and draw a diagram showing howrepparttar 117178 pages will link fromrepparttar 117179 index page. Produce a simple flow chart to show how users can navigate throughrepparttar 117180 site. On another piece of paper draw out where you wantrepparttar 117181 page elements to go. This includesrepparttar 117182 navigation bar, header, logo, main text area, and any other navigation such as a sub menu.

Good planning will make it a lot easier when you come to constructrepparttar 117183 site onrepparttar 117184 computer.

Do some research and take a look at other sites who have a similar theme to yours. Study their design and note ifrepparttar 117185 navigation works well or not. Does it take long to downoad? You can often learn a lot from other webdesigners.

When you are happy with your design then it's time to open uprepparttar 117186 software you are going to use.

In part 2 I will discuss designingrepparttar 117187 page elements of your website.

Kathy has her own mlm online business which you can visit at She has written several other articles on online marketing which you can find at

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