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  1. Toastmasters Club Websiteshttp://www.tmdistrict12.org Marco N. Rodriguez Jr. mnrodriguez1@msn.com Presented at District 12, TLI – January 7, 2006

  2. 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

  3. Topics For Discussion: • Planning your website • Website Lingo • ISPs • URLs • Domains, Redirecting, Forwarding • Web Hosting • Webpage Building Tools • Tutorials & Reference Materials • Free vs. Fee? Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  4. 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 Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  5. Take Control! Practice makes perfect. It may not be easy at first, but don’t give up! Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  6. 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 Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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. 1 2 Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  10. 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

  11. 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 Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  12. 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 Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  13. Please leave your Evaluation forms • This presentation will be available for download at: www.tmdistrict12.org Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  14. Extra Slides Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  15. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006

  16. Microsoft FrontPage Toastmasters Club Websites – Jan 7, 2006