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Creating, Managing and Marketing Your Own Web Site by Andy Crowther BCS Belgium Section WebMaster. Contents. Introduction Creating Marketing Managing Lessons Learned. Increased Use of Web. More and more people are using the WWW each day whether it be for Business or pleasure Hobbies

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contents
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Creating
  • Marketing
  • Managing
  • Lessons Learned
increased use of web
Increased Use of Web
  • More and more people are using the WWW each day whether it be for
    • Business or pleasure
    • Hobbies
    • Online banking
95 of web sites fail
95% of Web Sites Fail

Some Reasons are:

  • It is generally a lot cheaper to start an online business than an offline one
  • It takes time and effort to make a successful online business
  • No or inadequate marketing
how much will it cost
How much will it Cost?
  • As much as you want to spend
  • With the tools available on the web today it can all be done for free
  • A Consultant can do it all for you at a price
  • A route some where in between
my history
My History
  • Working in IT for over 15 years
  • Started as a Programmer and occupied numerous roles including Team Leader positions
  • Working at HP in Belgium for last 3 years as an Independent
my web site
My Web Site
  • With my technical background I decided to try my hand at developing my own web site in early 2002
  • I launched my first site CoursesForFree.co.uk in August 2002
aim of presentation
Aim of Presentation
  • Not to promote my CFF website, although if you want to explore it you can!
  • The aim is to share my real life experience gained along the way
  • Help anyone thinking ‘I want to develop my own web site’ but does not know where to start
aim of presentation1
Aim of Presentation
  • There is no definitive wrong or right way to produce a web site
  • I will provide a lot of information to help you Create, Manage and Market your own web site
creating your web site
Creating Your Web Site
  • Planning
  • Idea
  • Purpose
  • Demand
  • Site Structure
  • Web Site Name
  • Web Host
  • Development
  • Testing
  • Implementation
planning
Planning
  • As with any project this is essential
  • Will save you time & money in the long term
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Idea
  • When you have an idea for a web site you should first start by doing some general investigation and research
  • Stimulate ideas
stages
Stages
  • Find similar sites using search engine
  • For each site found answer the following:
  • What is its aim? (selling, informing)
  • What are its good and bad points?
  • What do you like and don’t like?
  • Where could you do it better?
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Idea
  • If it does not feel right then leave it alone as it is more likely to fail
  • Use your own area of expertise we all have one in either work or leisure
  • Start thinking about keywords for your idea and make a list
idea keywords
Idea Keywords

CoursesForFree examples:

  • Course
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Computing
  • Free
purpose
Purpose
  • Hobby
  • Information
  • For Profit
  • Promote/Support off line business
demand
Demand
  • Look at search engines and see how many searches are made for your keywords
  • Establish if demand exists
  • Niche market or offline customers may not be as critical
defining a structure
Defining a Structure
  • Will there be a dbase?
  • Will the screens be fixed or dynamic?
  • What screens are required?
web site name
Web Site Name
  • Usually tells people what the site is about
  • CoursesForFree.co.uk
  • CoursesForFree.com
  • .co.uk - registered in the UK
  • .com - registered in USA
  • .be - registered in Belgium
purchasing web site name
Purchasing Web Site Name
  • Shop around as price differs considerably for same extension
  • For .co.uk I use
    • https://www.123-reg.co.uk/
    • 2.59GBP approx $4.14 (minimum 2 years)
  • For .Com I use
    • https://registrar.godaddy.com/
    • $8.95 per year or $6.95 if buy 10 years
be warned
Be Warned
  • They sell the web site names at minimum profit and make money out of other things they offer
    • Web hosting packages
    • Submission to search engines
    • Email accounts
    • Web building tools
  • You do NOT need to purchase these from the same source
existing web site names
Existing Web Site Names
  • As more and more names are registered less choice available
  • Alternative buy an existing name
    • Via Auctions
    • Expired not renewed
    • Direct approach to owner
web host
Web Host
  • You can get free or relatively inexpensive web hosting on the internet and in a lot of cases you get what you pay for
  • After developing a web site you do not want to find it is unavailable all the time as the server is down
web host requirements
Web Host Requirements
  • Uptime Guarantee
  • Disc space
  • Bandwidth
  • Dedicated IP Address
  • POP 3 email
  • Windows, Unix or Linux
  • Dbases
  • Scripting languages
web host requirements1
Web Host Requirements
  • Forum to buy direct
    • http://www.webhostingtalk.com/
    • Shared WebHosting Special Offers
    • Dedicated Servers Special Offers
    • Web Hosting Requests - place own web request
web host pricing
Web Host Pricing
  • Work out the price per year so can compare like with like
  • Some price monthly some annual
  • Some offer substantial discounts for annual payments in advance as less administration
web host pricing1
Web Host Pricing
  • Things to add to the cost
    • Initial set up cost for account
    • Extra disc space charge
    • Extra bandwidth charges
    • Procedure if exceed bandwidth
web host i use
Web Host I Use
  • Very reliable and stable company state of the art equipment
    • 50 MB disc space
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Free trial
    • $10 setup fee
    • $14.95 per month
    • Refer 6 people get hosting for free
  • http://www.cashculture.com/?ref=andychess
development common pages
Development Common Pages
  • Introduction
  • FAQ
  • Feedback
  • Newsletter Sign Up
development platform
Development Platform
  • Own PC or server
  • On web
development
Development
  • There are thousands of packages on the market that allow you to develop your site faster
  • They are designed to build your site without having to learn the languages
  • They are very helpful but not necessary
development products
Development Products
  • Instant site maker
  • FAQ factory
  • Pop up Creators
  • Deadline Generators
  • Payment acceptor & protector
  • Instant meta makers
development tools
Development Tools
  • These can all be bought on the web
  • I have bought a partnership in a software company that allows me to use and resell over 60 software products and 100’s of ebooks
  • You can have 1 for $39
    • http://www.free-software-forever.com/sales/sale-00162002.htm
testing
Testing
  • This is very important
  • Need detail testing plan
  • Someone else to test on another PC if possible
testing plan
Testing Plan
  • Tick list to detail every screen and all the
    • Buttons
    • Links
  • Proof Reading – spelling
  • Feedback form sends email
  • Registration form
    • Adds user to list
    • Sends appropriate email to user
    • Displays correct thank you screen
implementation
Implementation
  • Move all code to production server
  • Go through all items on the testing plan to ensure they still work
marketing
Marketing
  • ‘If you build it they will come’
  • Does not apply to the WWW
  • People have to know your site exists
traffic required
Traffic Required
  • Indicated that only 1% of visitors to a web site will want what is on offer
  • Others say it is as low as 0.1%
  • This means you need 1000 visitors to reach 1 person who is interested
traffic utilisation
Traffic Utilisation
  • To best utilise traffic to your site
  • It is suggested that you create a newsletter and capture email addresses of all those interested
  • People who do not want what is on offer today may be interested in the future
traffic generation
Traffic Generation
  • There are hundreds of methods for promoting your web site
  • You can do it all for free or you can employ a marketing consultancy to do all the work for you
traffic generation online
Search engine

Pay per click

Pop up Window

Pop under Window

Classified Ads

Banners

Exit Exchange

Link Exchange

Free For all

Safe lists

Traffic Generation Online
traffic blasting tools
Traffic Blasting tools
  • To increase your coverage you can now buy tools which blast your 1 web site advertisement to many places at the same time
    • Classified ad blaster
    • Safe list blaster
traffic auctions
Traffic Auctions
  • Numerous sites auction advertisement specials on the WWW
  • These can provide cheap access to a diversified market
  • You could sell advertising on your site to generate profit
traffic co ops
Traffic Co-ops
  • If you do not have time to spend marketing your business then you can pay a traffic co-op to generate the leads for you
  • This is now big business on the WWW with businesses dedicated to it
traffic generation1
Traffic Generation
  • Do not forget, just because your site is on the WWW does not mean that you can not use traditional offline methods of advertising
  • In fact combining both offline and online marketing can be the best combination
traffic generation offline
Traffic Generation Offline
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Trade Magazine Ads
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Direct mailing
  • Business Cards
managing
Managing
  • Once your web site is up and running and you have started marketing your web site you have to consider the ongoing management
  • A web site should be a living entity, constantly evolving
management tasks
Management Tasks
  • Responding to email queries in a timely manner
  • Production of newsletters
  • Updating site content
  • Updating advertisements
  • Checking site for dead links
  • Backup
    • Dbase
    • Website
    • Mailing List
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Took longer to develop than expected due to the number of new skills required, but these new skills should enhance my future job prospects
    • HTML
    • PHP
    • MYSQL
lessons learned1
Lessons Learned
  • Need to shop around for the best deals on web site hosting and domain names
  • Marketing of the site is a bigger task than I expected
need a web site building
Need a Web Site Building
  • I will be available after April 2003 when my current contract ends!!
  • If you have any further queries I can be contacted via email at:

Andy@CoursesForFree.Co.UK