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Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Saturday January 9, 2010 Establishing a District Web Presence Establishing a District Web Presence I t appears that everyone is online these days with most businesses having some sort of web presence. So why not your Lodge or District. S o what does it involve?
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It appears that everyone is online these days with most businesses having some sort of web presence. So why not your Lodge or District.
So what does it involve?
How easy is it to design a website?
Options… What can a website offer?
What about hosting?
How Easy? The answer isvery easyif you know what you are doing!
This presentation will help you avoid some of the pitfalls and help your Brothers and Friends establish a site to be proud of.
Pricing starts at about $7.00 per calendar year (depending on
a domain. If you type slow, it takes about five minutes…
District. If a Brother passes on to that celestial Lodge above
he’ll take the domain with him (not really, but it is a real pain
domain registration & hosting with 24/7 technical support.
inexpensive (between $40 - $80).
online for under $100. The learning curve for Frontpage is low and
the program is extremely user friendly.
shop around – good web designers are a dime a dozen.
$300 and $500.
the designer does a bad job you are not left with a poor web
them are real good. But you’ll still need a software package to
update the website.
when the design and content are seamless and you don't notice
need. The content makes you want to return again and again
and, most importantly, a great design will give credibility to our
many of you have been annoyed by bells and whistles on
websites. Apply the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid).
There is nothing wrong with using a basic HTML source code.
the predominant markup language for web pages. It provides
a means to create structured documents by denoting
structural segments of text such as headings, paragraphs, lists
etc as well as for hyper-links (links to external pages & files).
can be used to create interactive forms.
surrounded by angle brackets. Tags give instructions on how
your site will be displayed.
down to view [source]. This is a great way to learn how the
site was designed. I’ve borrowed a lot of source code in my
Lodge Protocols before publishing your design.
treat it with the respect it deserves.
from your computer (local drive) to the server side. Your files
have to be published and posted on a server side to be viewed.
So you’ll need a program for this (free one’s on the Internet).
files, photographs, document files, etc. These files have to be
moved from your web designer’s local hard drive to the
(FTP) application installed on your computer. There are many
free one’s on the Internet. CuteFTP is a power, yet an
Hosting – FTP’ing the Basics
Local Side Server Side
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