How To Create An Effective Website
- Decide what to say on your website and who you intend to say it to. Words are most important.
- Analyze your market. Pretend you're someone who needs to visit your website but doesn't know it yet. What keywords would that person search for? Search for those words to see what that person would find. How many web pages deal with that subject?
- Make sure that your titles and headings include those keywords, and that your paragraphs discuss those topics. If your website provides a valuable service to its visitors, other websites should want to link to it.
- Choose a domain name (www.yourdomain.com or www.yourgroup.org, etc.). You can get one for less than $10 a year. We use Wholesome Domains to register our domains.
- Find a hosting company. A web host allows you to copy your web pages from a folder on your computer (such as c://My Documents/) to a folder on their computer. Then people can view your web pages when they type "www.yourdomain.com" into their browser. If your web host provides email (most do so for free), it routes email to "firstname.lastname@example.org." We provide website hosting for selected clients.
Constantly add value to your website. Check for broken links, clarify your statements, write more content every week.
- You don't need to pay a lot to get a lot. Most websites should cost less than $10 a month for hosting. This includes disk space (room for your files on your host's hard drive) and bandwidth (how many megabytes of files a month will be served to your website's visitors).
- You probably won't need a lot of disk space or bandwidth transfer. The typical website takes up less than 30 megabytes(MB) of disk space, and a properly-designed web page takes up less than 30K of space. So you could fit 1,000 web pages into 30 megabytes (1,000K = 1MB)
- How much bandwidth will you need? If your web host allowed you to use 1 gigabyte (GB) of bandwidth each month, that means 33,333 people could view your 30 kilobyte home page each month, without putting you over your limit. Of course, if your visitors are downloading music or videos from your website, you will need more bandwidth.