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I am a newbie and not quite up and running yet just trying to get phone lines active, attend as many business seminars I can, finalizing my registration for my company name with the state on NH, network with people at the seminars and through the Women's Business Center, and to get my website created. Which is why I am writing today.

 

I cannot afford to have someone design my website and I really want to get one started as soon as I can. This is a great networking tool and I think this will benefit my business. I did purchase a .net for my company I just don't know what to do with it. I keep attempting to create my own website but am unsure of my abilities. I don't want it to be boring but I don't want to much information and what do I do with it once it is completed. I have a program called WebEasy and it seems complicated I have not dug into it yet. Should I use WebEasy or is it better to use MS Publisher? I know MS. How do I host my own site to try and save money or is it a smarter choice to let someone else, like GoDaddy or Yahoo, host? I don't want a site that will sit I want to make sure it is receiving activity from Search Engines. This part is out of my league but I am interested in learning how to design and host websites which again would be a benefit for my business.

 

I feel lost on this subject and would like any suggestions so that I can move forward.

 

I work full-time and can't wait to operate my business from home. In time it will come I have hope it will happen for me and my family.

 

Thank you.

Amy

Seacoast Virtual Assistants, LLC

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Amy,

 

I'm curious about what your niche is. It doesn't sound like you have a solid background in web design so I'm not sure I would advise you to try it yourself or specialize in it as a VA...at least right now.

 

If you are looking for a webmaster, you might check out local colleges or ask your friends. Almost everyone knows someone who knows someone. Of course you'd have to make sure they know their stuff. Ask to see their own website or samples of their work. Don't be afraid to ask questions. LOTS of questions. It's what VAs do best. To make an informed decision you have to have all the information.

 

Can you take some classes at your local college on web design? If you just take one class per semester the cost would not be prohibitive and it would give you the education and experience you need to try it on your own. It sounds like you have the drive to succeed which is also a VA trait.

 

If you haven't sat down and concentrated on reading the archives on this forum, I would also suggest that. The information is amazing. The more you dig, the more you find and the more you find, the more you want to find.

 

Good luck. Let us know when the website is up and running.

 

Nancy

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Hi Amy and welcome to VANA!

 

I too work part-time out of the home and had no idea what I was doing when it came time to do my website. I took my time and outlined my website on paper first, writing each page content so I had at least that figured out once I decided what I was doing about getting my site up and running. I took a look at a lot of VA sites and got ideas, IDEAS ONLY! Be careful, you don't want to copy anyone's content! Most of them are copyrighted and you'll be infringing on their copyrights. Be yourself and use your own words and thoughts.

 

A friend of mine recommended onewebhosting.com, so that is who I went through for my site. I bought my domain name through them and they host my website for me. They have oodles of templates you can use to design your site yourself. It was very easy and since I had my site outlined before hand, it was quick getting it up and running. I just went with a basic design and when I have the time can work on modifying it a bit.

 

Getting your business up and running takes patience and time. Don't worry, you'll get there!

 

Best of luck, Shannon

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I am a newbie and not quite up and running yet just trying to get phone lines active, attend as many business seminars I can, finalizing my registration for my company name with the state on NH, network with people at the seminars and through the Women's Business Center, and to get my website created. Which is why I am writing today.

 

I cannot afford to have someone design my website and I really want to get one started as soon as I can. This is a great networking tool and I think this will benefit my business. I did purchase a .net for my company I just don't know what to do with it. I keep attempting to create my own website but am unsure of my abilities. I don't want it to be boring but I don't want to much information and what do I do with it once it is completed. I have a program called WebEasy and it seems complicated I have not dug into it yet. Should I use WebEasy or is it better to use MS Publisher? I know MS. How do I host my own site to try and save money or is it a smarter choice to let someone else, like GoDaddy or Yahoo, host? I don't want a site that will sit I want to make sure it is receiving activity from Search Engines. This part is out of my league but I am interested in learning how to design and host websites which again would be a benefit for my business.

 

I feel lost on this subject and would like any suggestions so that I can move forward.

 

I work full-time and can't wait to operate my business from home. In time it will come I have hope it will happen for me and my family.

 

Thank you.

Amy

Seacoast Virtual Assistants, LLC

 

 

 

Hi Amy:

 

I am just starting my VA business also and have been doing alot of reading on building a website and recently started an on-line course on I-Village.com called "Building Your First Website". It is very basic, you can download a 57 page workbook that teaches the basics of web design, it has quizzes at the end of every chapter. And...it is free. I want to see what I can learn and if I have to, I'll look at basic classes at a community college.

 

One important thing that I have found is to read everything you can get your hands on. Research and most importantly network as much as you can. Also join VA networks. Extremely helpful and great support. I am working full-time also at the moment and really looking forward to the time when I can work on my own.

 

Good luck.

 

Heather


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I am a newbie and not quite up and running yet just trying to get phone lines active, attend as many business seminars I can, finalizing my registration for my company name with the state on NH, network with people at the seminars and through the Women's Business Center, and to get my website created. Which is why I am writing today.

 

I cannot afford to have someone design my website and I really want to get one started as soon as I can. This is a great networking tool and I think this will benefit my business. I did purchase a .net for my company I just don't know what to do with it. I keep attempting to create my own website but am unsure of my abilities. I don't want it to be boring but I don't want to much information and what do I do with it once it is completed. I have a program called WebEasy and it seems complicated I have not dug into it yet. Should I use WebEasy or is it better to use MS Publisher? I know MS. How do I host my own site to try and save money or is it a smarter choice to let someone else, like GoDaddy or Yahoo, host? I don't want a site that will sit I want to make sure it is receiving activity from Search Engines. This part is out of my league but I am interested in learning how to design and host websites which again would be a benefit for my business.

 

I feel lost on this subject and would like any suggestions so that I can move forward.

 

I work full-time and can't wait to operate my business from home. In time it will come I have hope it will happen for me and my family.

 

Thank you.

Amy

Seacoast Virtual Assistants, LLC

 

 

Hi Amy

 

I designed my website with publisher. It doesn't give you flash like a web designer can but it you are looking for a basic website for now until you can do more I definatly recommend publisher. I hosted my webpages through gogater.com, but I recommend GoDaddy.

If you are looking for a cool free webtutor try pagetutor.com. You can take your time with it and its in easy terms. If you want to get a little more advanced, you can pay for the extras.

Hope it works out for you

Stephanie

 

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Please do not use Publisher! Publisher isn't a web design program - the result will be a site so bloated with useless code that it's basically not usable. Sure the site might "look" like you intended but usability is something you can't see and a website must be usable #1 for your site visitor to experience and navigate the site as intended and #2 for the search engines to be able to crawl & index your site and include you in the search results.

 

I understand the need to budget - been there done that. Heck I still budget, not wanting to spend money where I don't have to. But I do have to spend money on my business. That's reality. For you that doesn't necessarily mean you have to hire a web designer (although I personally believe the ROI is worth it) but you may want to look into purchasing a properly designed template and customizing it for your business or going with a web host that provides professional templates or site builders.

 

Jill

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Here here to what Jill said.

Dont use publisher. You know yourself that there is no point having a website if it's not on the search engines, and publisher is definately not search engine friendly.

You will need to purchase hosting space and domain name for your business no matter what, but that doesn't mean you can't create a site for yourself.

http://www.webtasticdesigns.com.au/webdesignSB.html - this page shows you one of the providers out there that give you a site-builder package. You can always modify it more later on once you either have extra funds, or know how to do it yourself.

Either way, good luck, and remember to research research research.

Cheers!

Rosie

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My advice is to find the hosting company that you love so that you won't have to move your site later. Also, once you choose a domain name you may be stuck with it since it will be on all your marketing materials so choose carefully.

 

Another thing, choose a hosting company and domain company that's based in the country that you are in in case you ever have to call them.

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I like the idea of starting out with a BLOG...you can provide information on your business there. Your website is your first impression and if you have no website design experience, your first impression can go wrong... You would not think of hand writting your brochure because you didn't know how to design one on the computer. I, personally, have been learning website design for 10 years and still feel like a novice...there is too much out there to learn in a short period of time.

 

Start with a BLOG, plan your website content, look for someone do design the website for you after you get your business going.

 

Kim

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Hi Amy,

 

I knew absolutely nothing about creating a website, but was able to teach myself in surprisingly little time. I know that this is not the recommended method, but I didn’t have the money to hire someone to create my website, so I decided to teach myself. I downloaded NVU (like Frontpage and Dreamweaver but open source), did some tutorials and did a search for free CSS templates and my site is up and running. I am now reading a book, that I highly recommend called ‘Sam’s Teach Yourself HTML and XHTML in 24 Hours’ by Dick Oliver and Michael Morrison so I can go back and make any corrections to my site’s code. I would suggest that you read this book before taking the other steps. I can't stress enough what an excellent book this is for anyone trying to learn HTML.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Take care,

 

Kelly

 

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Another option is to start off with a blog. That's what I did. I did get my website up later. I found a blog easier to add information to and I still use it.

 

Blog post about VA Blogs.

 

I just spent some time setting up the blog site you were describing. The only concern I had was how does others see your blog site? It was easy to set up and it is a start while I figure out what to do about my website. I at least have a domain name which I did set up with GoDaddy.com. I may go forth and let them be my host as well as their set up is step by step instructions with templates to use.

 

I did get great news today my phone finally got hooked up. I am going in the up direction and I am very excited to get my business functioning. I will be looking into everyones advice and suggestions. Just say NO to publisher. I have also created my website design on paper first as a guideline so that it will be easier and quicker to do once I decided to go online.

 

Thank you to everyone for all the great advise and the amount of responses.

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Another option is to start off with a blog. That's what I did. I did get my website up later. I found a blog easier to add information to and I still use it.

 

Blog post about VA Blogs.

 

I just spent some time setting up the blog site you were describing. The only concern I had was how does others see your blog site? It was easy to set up and it is a start while I figure out what to do about my website. I at least have a domain name which I did set up with GoDaddy.com. I may go forth and let them be my host as well as their set up is step by step instructions with templates to use.

 

I did get great news today my phone finally got hooked up. I am going in the up direction and I am very excited to get my business functioning. I will be looking into everyones advice and suggestions. Just say NO to publisher. I have also created my website design on paper first as a guideline so that it will be easier and quicker to do once I decided to go online.

 

Thank you to everyone for all the great advise and the amount of responses.

 

I have been nothing but pleased with GoDaddy. They are my domain registrar and have hosted my site since I first put it up over two years ago. They are really economical, for a deluxe hosting package I pay 6.99/month with no contract, less if I pay a year at a time.

 

If you do decide to go with a blog, pay for hosting and host it on your domain. It makes a vast world of difference in how professional you appear.

 

I have to agree about not using Publisher, too. My first site was in Publisher, just a giant version of my first business card, basically, and it took ~forever~ to load. Plus, Publisher sites are not going to be multi-browser friendly - they will work great in IE, but any other browser will be hit and miss.

 

Good luck!

 

Dy

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Definitely don't use publisher. Microsoft FrontPage is no longer produced by Microsoft but you can probably still find it floating around for sale in cyberspace. Microsoft's newest web design program is Expression. You can download a 90 day free trial at microsoft.com.

 

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You could just use Microsoft Office Live basic, it is currently free and very user-friendly. You can get your domain name, hosting and everything in one spot. It's kind of basic, but if your a novice like me and don't really care to learn web design then this is a good one to use. You can find it at www.officelive.com.

 

It does have its quirks, every time I format my site and save it it changes my font. I have to change it 2 or 3 times to get it to take. I'm sure they'll work it out eventually. Just make sure you view your site after you save any changes so you know immediately if they mucked it up.

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