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Toastmasters Club Websites http://www.tmdistrict12.org Marco N. Rodriguez Jr. [email protected] Presented at District 12, TLI – January 7, 2006 A Question to Start Us Off -- What are the benefits of having a website for your club? http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

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toastmasters club websites http www tmdistrict12 org

Toastmasters Club Websiteshttp://www.tmdistrict12.org

Marco N. Rodriguez Jr.

[email protected]

Presented at District 12, TLI – January 7, 2006

a question to start us off what are the benefits of having a website for your club
A Question to Start Us Off --What are the benefits of having a website for your club?

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

topics for discussion
Topics For Discussion:
  • Planning your website
  • Website Lingo
    • ISPs
    • URLs
    • Domains, Redirecting, Forwarding
    • Web Hosting
  • Webpage Building Tools
  • Tutorials & Reference Materials
  • Free vs. Fee?

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website planning tips
Website Planning Tips
  • Checkout other websites!
  • Organization
    • What will your site accomplish?
    • Make it simple
    • Design and layout (navigation)
  • Content
    • Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?
  • Appearance
    • What impression will a visitor get?
    • Branding & uniformity

Adapted from www.efuse.com

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take control
Take Control!

Practice makes perfect.

It may not be easy at first, but don’t give up!

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website lingo
Website Lingo
  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
    • How do you connect to the internet?
    • Dial-up, DSL, Cable
    • AOL, Cox, Microsoft, Netzero, Verizon, Yahoo
  • Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
    • The address of documents / files on the WWW
    • URL = IP Address + Domain name
    • HTTP & FTP

What kind of doctor fixes broken websites?

a URL-ogist

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Website Lingo
  • Domain Names
    • Not too long; helps to identify; makes sense
    • Registering a domain name isn’t expensive
    • GoDaddy.com, Yahoo.com
  • Domain Redirection & Forwarding
    • Some ISPs give free web hosting accounts
    • You can “point” & “mask” these free domains
    • Spyproductions.com, Yahoo.com

Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

website hosting
Website Hosting
  • What is hosting?
    • This is a computer server that stores your website
    • Once you've uploaded your pages to the web server, your page is officially on the web!
    • www.top-10-web-hosting.com
  • Some ISPs offer free hosting!
    • AOL, Verizon, etc. (small amount of space)
    • Free hosting usually includes advertisements

Who offers FREE hosting?

Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

website hosting9
Website Hosting
  • Two free web hosting services

www.orgsites.com

This company offers free website hosting space. Very easy to use online webpage creation tools!

www.freetoasthost.org

No cost professional web hosting. Allows for uploading of club information and additional content and resources.

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webpage building tools
Webpage Building Tools
  • HTML Editors
    • CoffeeCup, Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage, Word, Publisher, Web Studio, Web Weaver
    • Many Web Hosting companies offer their own online HTML editors:
      • GoDaddy – Website Tonight
      • Homestead – SiteBuilder Tools
    • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML Frames, JavaScript, PHP, ASP, CGI Scripts, databases, blogs, music, video, flash, etc.
  • FTP Clients click here for ftp tutorial
    • Allow you to transfer files from your computer to the server
    • AceFTP, CoffeeCup, Composer (Netscape), CuteFTP, FileZilla, FTP Voyager, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft FrontPage, Smart FTP, WS_FTP

Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

reference materials
Reference Materials
  • Check out these FREE resources!

Very Good!

www.efuse.com

www.webdiner.com/webadv

office.microsoft.com

www.make-a-web-site.com

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Final Thoughts
  • Free or Fee?
    • Paying for your URL & Web hosting gives you more freedom & control over your website
    • Paying for your website services gives you more scalability and all of the “bells & whistles”
    • How much is your club willing to spend?
  • Free website hosting will give you a basic web presence. This is better than nothing!
  • Start Free then decide if you need to move to Fee based

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  • This presentation will be available for download at: www.tmdistrict12.org

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Extra Slides

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File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

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Microsoft FrontPage

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