We often get asked the same questions by different customers, so we thought putting it all together on our site for all to access would be helpful:
Q: Where do I start? I have a name for my company in mind, but now what!!?
A: OK, first thing is to make sure it is available as a website, for eg. www.thenameyouwant.com
You then need to register it as soon as possible, so that you know you can use it. Nothing worse than having a great name, a logo etc. and then the website name isn’t available! You secure it by registering the Domain Name at a registrar, like:
Do not pay more than about $10 a YEAR to register the name.
Q: I have the website name registered. Now what?
A: Now you need to have a host for your site. The store your pages on their servers for you which makes your website available to the public. They vary in price according to what they offer you. You need to make sure they offer what you need.
You can pay something between $4.95 – $49.95 a month on a host. We offer 2 hosting plans – Basic Hosting and Semi-Dedicated…ask for details.
Q: I need a calendar for my site. What is a good one?
A: There is a great calendar at www.localendar.com
Free – sign up and send us the log in info then I will make it match the site and incorporate it into the website calendar page. You make the changes to the events on the calendar right on that website, and the changes will automatically show up on your calendar page on your site. They also offer a premium plan at a monthly rate.
Samples of sites using LoCalendar:
Q: I need a shopping cart. What are the options you have dealt with in the past?
Q: I want a gallery that my customers can load pictures to themselves. Any suggestions?
A: There is a gallery you would need to purchase at: www.photopost.com
Here are samples of this gallery:
Or the freeware version called Coppermine Gallery (comes installed free with our hosting)
Q: I want a message board. What is out there?
A: The only two we have dealt with are http://www.www.phpBB.com and http://www.vbulletin.com/
PhpBB is often available at the host already, and we offer that install for free as part of our hosting package.