Overwhelmed With Web Design Technology – What to Do?

The improvements of the internet and the tools for entrepreneurs and all professionals, that have less than mediocre technical skills, has made all the difference in enabling entrepreneurs to build businesses without breaking the bank. On the flip side, however, is that all the new technology we hear about can be overwhelming and almost counter-productive.

The following are two key ways to both manage costs, frustration, and the sense of being overwhelmed.

·         Keep costs under control.

As an owner of a previous small business (which I did sell), I spent more money than I wish to admit on web designers, maintenance, updates, and search engine optimization. A few years ago when I started Healthy Joyful Living, my Lifestyle and Entrepreneurial Coaching Business, I decided that I was going to find a way to design, update, and manage the website myself. Surfing different sites I found some great companies (and there are plenty today) which offer a variety of templates, tutorials, continuous support, and advanced options for websites. Each week I would try to learn one more technique, one more tool, one more look that I wanted to do. I finally gave in and asked for a few hours of help designing the homepage and the banner as I didn’t have a photoshop. All in all, I built a complete website using an outside person to the extent of $250 and I feel extremely empowered.

I can update, maintain, add, and get as creative as I want at no extra cost.

Check out the various sites and take control of yourself. I found it and love it. When needed, get help, but be aware of ongoing assistance needed or your costs will soar.

·         Don’t engage in more than one new technology a month.

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Online Terminology Related to Website Creation

You are thinking about getting a website. As soon as you mention you want a website, people start tossing terms at you. Saying you don’t understand can cause all sorts of problems. People may begin talking to you like you are stupid or just not be able to explain the terms. Here are some common terms to get you started.

Domain Name

This is your website address, it is also called your URL. It may start with www however many websites are dropping it. You must include for people to find the correct place online. So if you owned Amazon. You would need to include it.

Domain Registrar

Once you pick out a domain name, you need to buy it. You will buy your domain name from a domain registrar. This service registers your domain name in your name.

Web Host

After you register your domain name you will need a web host. This is a service that provides access to your website. You could think of this as a party host, who provides access to their house.

Hosting

This is the actual access to your website. Hosting would be like the party host provides hosting, the web host provides web hosting.

Server

Yet another term related to a web host. This refers to the physical storage of your website and allows the world access to your website. This would be the home of a party host.

Nameserver

This the IP address where your domain name “lives.” When you buy the domain name, your registrar assigns it to their nameserver. You will need to change it to the nameserver your web host provides.

cPanel

Your web host will provide you with a control panel. cPanel provides a graphic interface and automates many tools used by website owners. This gives you … CONTINUE READING >>>