Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Choose a domain name. You can obtain a domain name by choosing a domain registrar company. Create a list of possible domain names, and check the domain registrar's website to see if the domain is available. When you find an available domain, purchase and register it.
Choose a hosting company online. To have an active website, you will need a place to host your content. For smaller hobby sites, you can find free hosting services such as Tripod.com or blogger.com. For serious projects, you should obtain a fee-based hosting plan. Select a plan that provides enough space and bandwidth for your website goals.
Select the type of website you want to build. You can choose from blogs (for personal content), forums (for communities), or static websites (for public content, products, or services). Next, choose a software application specifically created for your website style. There are many free software packages you can use to build your site, such as Wordpress.org (for blogs), SimpleMachines.org (for forums), or Joomla.org (for static sites).
Configure your domain name to direct users to your hosted site. Log into your domain name registrar, and click on the 'manage domain' section. Follow the registrar's instructions to point the domain to your hosted site. You should also familiarize yourself with the software application you choose to manage your site, and follow any software-specific instructions when configuring your site online.
Build the content on your site. Most websites contain written articles, pictures, and more. Use the software application you chose to publish content online. Build the content in a logical and organized way, so readers can access your pages with ease.
Promote your site online. Submit your site to the major search engines by manually visiting each one, and following the 'Add URL' instructions. Also visit the popular directories and manually add your website to the appropriate category. Seek out other websites that focus on similar topics and exchange links with the webmasters.
Actively manage your website. This includes duties such as continually building content, adding hyperlinks to pages within your site, optimizing your site for search engines (by building hyperlinks and using proper keywords in your page titles), and repairing broken links. You also need to renew your hosting plan each month, and your domain name annually to keep your site active on the web.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Go to the AT&T personal web creation page (see Resources section).
Click 'Register Today,' and then type in your AT&T logon information. Once you are logged in, click 'Register for Personal Pages.'
Click 'I agree' to proceed. Click 'publish.att.net' to begin creating your page.
Click the 'Quick Template' option to use the guided tutorial to create a quick basic web page. When prompted to, select images you want on your page from your computer or other web pages. Follow the rest of the guided steps to create a basic page.
Click 'Personal Webwizard' to create a personal page with more information. This wizard will guide you on selecting background colors and web layouts.
Scan through the different options and select what works best for you. You will be given a section to add to other websites.
Click the 'FTP (File Transfer Protocol)' tool when you are done customizing to publish your webpages. Follow the FTP guided steps to publish and finalize your website.
Review the major companies that offer designers the infrastructure to produce, process and deliver their designs. Major brands include CafePress, Zazzle, and Printfection. Compare the base prices on the garments you plan to sell, initial or ongoing fees, shipping rates, shipping destinations and customer reviews. Order a similar product from each supplier and rate each according to garment quality, print quality, price and shipping time.
Navigate to the account creation page of the best supplier as determined by the previous step and follow the onscreen instructions to create an account as an online store. Account creation requires personal contact information such as your name, address and, in some cases, your business entity's information. You must also provide details on how you wish to be paid. Common options include check or via PayPal. Some services also charge setup or monthly fees.
Use the integrated tools to customize your store and create your clothing designs. Select the types of garments you want to offer along with the sizes and colors available. Each service has tutorials on the specifics of their tools and the sizes, resolution and formats that produce the highest quality garment designs.
Open a new tab or window in your browser and navigate to a Web hosting service. Follow the onscreen instructions to sign up for a domain name and Web hosting service for your store. This gives your store an added layer of professionalism as many of the suppliers ship your products with your logo on the packaging to further brand your store. Some sites, such as CafePress, do not support the option to use your own domain for their online stores.
Promote your online clothing store. Common approaches include creating articles about custom clothing with links to your store or creating a Facebook fan page to promote your brand and building a social group of people interested in your type of clothing. For example, if you promote clothes for surfers, interact with other groups and fan pages to invite their members to your fan page and subsequently your store. Use pay-per-click advertising for keywords related to the types of clothing in your store and banner ads on sites related to your target market. Use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool's 'keyword' and 'placement' options to research keyword search volumes and related websites, respectively. The keyword search volume gives you an idea of what words to use for your pay-per-click campaigns and the 'placement' tool allows you to research banner ad space available on websites for your target market.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Download and install video stream viewing software. This example will use sopcast. Sopcast is free and very reliable. You may want some other options--see the resources section for more information.
Locate a stream hosting site for the sporting event. In this example, the stream hosing site is MyP2P. There are alternatives, but this site is reliable. See the resources section for more information.
Find the specific live football or soccer game you want to stream on a personal computer. The streaming video hosting site usually lists the sporting events by date or sport. Not every game is available on these sites.
Click on the stream link to the game. This should open up the sopcast player and enable you to watch live football and soccer streamed on a personal computer. You may need to input the channel number into the sopcast player to view the game if the player does not open after clicking on the link.
Visit the website of your favorite football or soccer team. This option is more conventional but they do charge for the ability to watch these games live on your PC.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Navigate to the GoDaddy email login website (see Resource 1) and then log in to your account.
Click the 'Settings' menu on the Web page that opens and then click 'Personal Settings.'
Click the 'Auto Reply' tab and then click to select 'Enable Auto Reply.'
Click to select either 'Default' or 'Custom' option below 'Reply From.' If you choose 'Default' then the auto-response email will be sent using the email address from which you normally send emails. On the other hand, if you want the email to be sent from another email address, choose 'Custom' and then type the email address.
Click to select either 'Default' or 'Custom' option below 'Reply Subject.' If you choose 'Default' then the auto-response email will be sent using a subject as set in the GoDaddy mail server. On the other hand, if you want the email to be sent with your specific subject, choose 'Custom' and then type the subject of the auto-response email.
Click to select either 'Start Now' or 'Start On' option below 'Start Time.' 'Start Now' will start the auto-responder immediately. 'Start On' allows you to specify the time from which you want the auto-responder to automatically become active.
Click to select either 'No End Time' or 'End On' option below 'End Time.' 'No End Time' will keep the auto-responder active forever and 'End On' lets you specify the time from which you want the auto-responder to automatically become inactive.
Click to select either the 'Once per email message' or the 'Once per email address' option below 'Reply Frequency.' The 'Once per email message' option will send an auto-response email for every email that is received. On the other hand, the 'Once per email address' option will only send one auto-response email to a particular address irrespective of how many emails come from that address.
Type you auto-response message below 'General Reply Message' and then click 'OK.'
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Set up an account with a wiki-compatible Web host. Not all site hosting accounts are capable of running wiki technology. The server must support Apache, PHP 5+ and MySQL 4+ in order to set up a wiki site. While such hosts are typically pricier than standard hosting, budget hosts such as Fat Cow and Blue Host (see Resources) offer discount hosting that meets the technical requirements of most wiki software.
Download free or paid wiki software. While various companies offer wiki software for personal and public use, WikiMedia's free software (see Resources) is one of the most widely used and has the most comprehensive features because it was originally developed to operate sites such as Wikipedia.
Double-click the file you downloaded in Step 2 to decompress the installation package. A new folder will appear containing all of the wiki software's installation files.
Launch your FTP software and connect to your personal server. Your login information is typically your domain name and the password you chose when registering a hosting account. If you can't remember your login details, refer to the registration documents provided to you when you set up your account with a Web host.
Upload the decompressed installation folder from Step 3 to your hosting server by dragging the folder to your FTP software window. Wait for the FTP program to complete the transfer. Depending on your Internet connection, this may take several minutes.
Open your Web browser. Navigate to the following address: http://yourdomain.com/mediawiki/config/index.php. Replace 'yourdomain.com' with the domain name you registered in Step 1. WikiMedia's installation page will appear.
Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the wiki site setup. You will need to provide specific configuration options, such as the name you wish to use for your wiki and the name of your MySQL database (provided by your Web host).
Click the 'Install MediaWiki' button at the bottom of the page. Your wiki site is now set up and you may begin editing or creating pages from within the wiki interface.
Go to a website that hosts videos. The site can be like YouTube where it will compress and stream a video (usually poor quality) or a site like File Front that hosts the video for public download (and keeps the same quality as it was recorded in).
Register for the website. You will need to provide some personal information, as well as choose a username and password. If you want more space allowed for your videos or you want higher quality videos shown, you may have to register for a type of premium account where you will have to pay a monthly or yearly fee. This all depends on the hosting site you register for, if it even offers a premium account.
Start uploading. Upload any videos you have on your computer that you want to share with people. The larger the video file, the longer it will take to upload.
Send out the video. Streaming hosts like YouTube will allow you to send the link to people so they can view it on YouTube, or you can embed the video on your own Web page or blog and send that link; they cannot save this video. Downloading sites like File Front will allow you to send the link to the download page for the video, and the receiver will be able to save the video file on their computer.