Web Designers Beware!

Written by Gene Tewksbury

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  • These templates, while very impressive, are still templates. They still requirerepparttar knowledge and skills of a professional for them to function to their full potential. So consider promoting your customization skills to those clients who are looking for a low cost solution. You can still make a pretty profit onrepparttar 134963 website and you'll get it done much faster. Another advantage to this method is thatrepparttar 134964 client has already chosen a design, sorepparttar 134965 process of “back and forth” designing is removed.
  • Finally, you may choose to directly promote templates on your own website. You may feel that you're cutting your own wrists, but as mentioned before,repparttar 134966 clients who wish to use a template most likely didn't want to spendrepparttar 134967 money for your custom work anyway. Once you've saved them money on design work by selling them a template, you have a much better chance of upgrading their order with add-ons like chat rooms, help desks and newsletters. Inrepparttar 134968 end you may end up coming out ahead.
  • Whether or not our careers as designers will survive this competition remains to be seen; but inrepparttar 134969 meantime it doesn't hurt to at least become familiar with web templates. Knowing your competition is key to success.

    Written by Gene Tewksbury Webmaster/Lead Designer at Blue Gel Media Exciting custom web and multimedia design and development.

    Copyright © 2005 Blue Gel Media

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    How To Select A Good Website Hosting Company

    Written by Jeff Colburn

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    Free sites may also changerepparttar rules about what you can have on your site. You may suddenly find that one or more of your pages are banned because of their content. I started out with free hosting years ago, but soon outgrew it and had to buy my own domain name, create a new website and start all over again getting my pages listed with search engines. When my free site was removed, allrepparttar 134922 links on search engines to that site no longer worked.

    Avoid a hosting company that gives you Shared or Virtual Hosting. Shared hosting means thatrepparttar 134923 server,repparttar 134924 computer where your website resides, is shared with possibly hundreds of websites who all userepparttar 134925 same server software. The hosting company gives you a certain amount of storage space onrepparttar 134926 server's hard drive for your site, and that hard drive stores as many sites as space allows. The problem is that since allrepparttar 134927 websites are sharingrepparttar 134928 same server software, if one website is attacked by a virus or hacker andrepparttar 134929 server software is damaged, then allrepparttar 134930 websites on that server will be affectedrepparttar 134931 same way that single site is affected.

    Look for a host that offers a Virtual Private Server. This means that your website resides in a partitioned section ofrepparttar 134932 server and has its own server software. I've used Westhost for several years with no problems. They have great tech support and constantly improverepparttar 134933 features they offer. You can find a banner link to them atrepparttar 134934 bottom of my page at http://www.creativecauldron.com/WebsiteDesign.shtml

    To look for other web hosting services try these links.

    • Compare Web Hosts http://www.comparewebhosts.com/BudgetWebHosting.asp
    • Consumers Review http://www.consumersreview.org/webhosting.html
    • Host Index http://www.hostindex.com/
    • Web Hosting Reviews http://www.web-hosting-reviews.org/
    • Web Hosting Unleashed http://www.webhostingunleashed.com/
    • Web Site Hosting http://www.web-site-hosting.md/
    • Webhosting Top 10 http://www.webhosting-top10.com/us32/

    As you check out web hosting services you will encounter some words that you may not have heard before. Here's some useful terminology that will clear things up for you.

    • Auto Responder - An automated program that, when it receives an e-mail, sends out an e-mail with a message and/or attachment torepparttar 134935 person who sentrepparttar 134936 e-mail. This is often used with websites that sell ebooks and other electronic information. The person clicks on an e-mail link forrepparttar 134937 ebook they want andrepparttar 134938 autoresponder sends it to them. It's a real time saver.
    • Bandwidth (Data Transfer) - This isrepparttar 134939 amount of data that you or others upload to your site and download from your site. A typical site uses less than 5 GB (Gigabytes) per month.
    • CGI Bin -repparttar 134940 Common Gateway Interface bin is where programs are stored that let you put things on your site like a guestbook and bulletin board.
    • Control Panel - This is an interface that lets you controlrepparttar 134941 tools, settings and utilities that your web host provides.
    • Disk Space - This isrepparttar 134942 amount of space you have onrepparttar 134943 server's hard drive to store your website. Unless your site is loaded with graphics, which it shouldn't be, then you don't need a lot of space.
    • FTP - File Transfer Protocol is a common way to upload and download your website pages and files.

    Once you find a few place you like, check them out atrepparttar 134944 Better Business Bureau at http://bbb.org/ and do a search on Yahoo and Google to see if anyone has posted anything bad about them.

    It can be difficult to know what to look for in a hosting company if you're new torepparttar 134945 Internet. The best solution is to do a lot of research, talk to people you know who have websites and start trying different hosts who offer a 30-day money back guarantee. As long as you own your domain name, and you have created your own website, or had someone create it for you, then you will be fine. With these two things done, you can take your site to almost any host without any problems.

    http://www.CreativeCauldron.com Jeff Colburn is a website designer and writer. His goal is to make the process of creating or updating your website easy and simple for you, while creating a website that meets all your needs and expectations. Jeff can also create all of the copy for your website.

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