Domain Registered? Now What?

Written by George M Ewing

I own a company that, among other things, develops web sites, and I've had my own business and personal sites sincerepparttar early 1990's. While each web site project has its own challenges and rewards, there are some common elements to all of them.

First, make sure thatrepparttar 134782 ISP or web development firm registeredrepparttar 134783 domain name in your or your client's name, and not their own. Even today, outsourcers will often register domains in their own names, leaving you out inrepparttar 134784 cold ifrepparttar 134785 site becomes popular, unless you already hadrepparttar 134786 domain name trademarked. If you arerepparttar 134787 web developer, registerrepparttar 134788 domain in your client's name so that your ethics won't be questioned later.

Second, help your client (or yourself) by developing a master plan from which elements can be added torepparttar 134789 sites as time and money allows. A lot of businesses think they have to have a web site to stay current in today's business environment, but haven't given much thought about what that means. Some ofrepparttar 134790 questions I ask are:

1. Is it for public consumption, or are you providing information to clients, suppliers, or business partners? 2. Is your intended audience local, regional, national, or global? 3. What repetitive information are your customers, suppliers, or partners calling you about that could be presented on a web site? 4. Does your product or service catalog change often enough that reflecting those changes on your web site might garner more sales? 5. What information can you present that prospective customers will find useful? 6. Do you use a sales strategy (a presentation, or a decision tree) that can be translated to a web site? 7. Can you use your site as an Extranet as well as an Internet site? 8. What graphical elements (logos, pictures, etc.) will you want to have onrepparttar 134791 site, and where? 9. Willrepparttar 134792 site contain advertising and how willrepparttar 134793 design accommodate that? 10.

Practically every web site will have a slightly different focus depending on for whom it is developed. The answers to these and similar questions will help definerepparttar 134794 purpose ofrepparttar 134795 site, its scope, how it will be organized, and what kind of information will be presented on it. It also helps compile a list of things that may have to be developed separately, thus affectingrepparttar 134796 project schedule (e.g., a paragraph describingrepparttar 134797 company in 50 words or less, a new logo, gathering a list of product data, etc.).

ADD GRAPHICS TO YOUR WEBSITE - without losing your mind!

Written by Rick Hunter

We've heard it over and over again - adding graphics to a website is a GOOD thing. They can generally make your site more appealing, illustrate points or products, and provide creative icons for people to click through for more information.

So you are developing a website, and you really want to add cool graphics. But how?

Well, you can run out and buy a bunch of expensive graphics programs and 'dummies' books to learn how to use them.

Or you can sign up for courses, on or off-line, for various amounts of money. But you'll probably be old and gray byrepparttar time you sort through allrepparttar 134781 mumbo-jumbo you'll need to sort through, or you'll be stressed torepparttar 134782 max, andrepparttar 134783 opportunity your website originally presented will be long- gone.

Adding graphic images to your site should be easy and fun.

It is possible to:

- find graphics you can use at little or no cost; or - jazz up your own pictures or graphics

Throwrepparttar 134784 mumbo-jumbo commands, books, and classrooms outrepparttar 134785 window. If you just want to find graphics or photos you can use, start by doing a search on your favorite search engine(s) for 'royalty-free graphics.' You'll probably be kept busy for quite awhile chasing downrepparttar 134786 links you'll find. Many ofrepparttar 134787 sites that provide these graphics also include instructions or coding to add them directly to your site - so you don't have to be a rocket scientist to jazz up your web pages, after all!

Here's a few things to remember when creating web graphics:

1. Don't Sacrifice Speed For The Price Of Quality

Your main webpage should be under 40 KB in size for graphic intensive pages. Since a graphic file usually downloads slower than a normal text file (i.e. html page), you have to ensure that your graphics are small, fast at loading and visually appealing atrepparttar 134788 same time.

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