Monday, August 31, 2015
Determine what you plan to use your Web site for. GoDaddy hosts small business and personal Web sites. Visit the GoDaddy 'Hosting Plans' Web page to view your options (see Resources below).
Decide how much storage and transfer capacity you need as well as how much you're willing to pay. Your storage and transfer needs will be dictated by how large your Web site will be and how much traffic you expect to get. You will also need to decide whether you will be using a Linux or Windows platform for your site.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Choose a name you would like to use as the URL, also called domain name, for your web site. Verify that the name is available by using the free service at Network Solutions.
Open your browser window. Type 'VPS Hosting' into the search bar of your favorite search engine. Research available plans from the VPS providers listed in the search. Determine how many gigabytes of disk space and bandwidth you will require along with how much you would like to spend on hosting per month. Sign up for the hosting plan of your choice and make any required payments.
Research the Internet for any necessary software programs needed to create the web site such as an HTML editor or WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor and image editor. Download the programs to your computer.
Create any images including a header, background, banners and buttons that will be used on your website with your image editor.
Open your page editing program. Choose a color scheme that will be used for your site. Add a header image which includes your domain name to the top of your site. Include additional images, text and links in the body. Save your work.
Connect to your VPS by entering your username, password, and IP address into the proper fields of the FTP portion of your web page editor. Upload your web site using the 'Publish' feature. Test your web site by entering the URL into your browsers address window. Check that all links function properly.
Provide your friends and family with a link to your web site. Use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to invite your contacts. Increase traffic to your web site by adding the URL to the footer of your email, leaving comments on other web sites and submitting the link to search engines.
Register your domain name. You may register your domain name through various sites like Yahoo, Godaddy and many more. Choose a name that represents your company but is easy and short enough for customers to remember. You may also purchase multiple domain names that navigate back to one site. This is a great tool to help customers find your site when they are unsure of the actual address. For example, btob.com may want to also purchase backtobusiness.com.
Choose your hosting plan. Hosting is what makes your website accessible via World Wide Web. Basically, you are renting web space. Several website-hosting plans are available depending on the amount of information you want to display on your website. Choose a hosting plan that supports website shopping carts.
Select a website template. Search for ecommerce website templates and select a template that best represents your business. Templates Box has been providing professional website templates since 2002. Once you purchase a template, you will have the option to have your site customized or you can choose to do it yourself. Having your site customized will cost extra money.
Customize your website. Enter your business content and set up your shopping cart. When using a template, simply upload the items you wish to sell and price your items accordingly. You will have the option to link your shopping cart to a PayPal or credit-card account.
Upload your completed website to your hosting server.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Login to your account on your website hosting service provider's website. If you do not currently have a website hosting package, sign up for one. Various companies offer economical hosting plans for first-time website developers. North America's largest and most budget-friendly web host is 1and1. Another popular, albeit more expensive host, is Go Daddy (links in the Resources section).
Check that your web hosting package supports the MySQL Internet technology. If not, contact your service provider to upgrade your plan to a package that does support MySQL. All bulletin board software require MySQL databases to operate.
Click the MySQL control panel in your account webpage and create a new MySQL database. Most web hosts provide clear instructions and one-click database creation. If the process is unclear, consult your web host's FAQ or call its support team.
Download bulletin board software. There are various options available to website owners. The largest paid software is vBulletin, while phpBB offers similar features for free (links in the Resources section). Compare the technical features of both programs and select the bulletin board software that best fits your needs and budget. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, the download process may take several minutes.
Double-click the file you downloaded to extract the contents of the bulletin board software. Click the file that is named 'README.' Follow the detailed instructions to install the bulletin board software on your website.
Upload the bulletin board folder to your web hosting account. Install the bulletin board directory in your home directory. Thus, the bulletin board will be the first page that visitors see when they visit your website domain.
Access the bulletin board's control panel using the administrator account you created during the installation process. Customize the board as you wish, then save all changes. The bulletin board software is now active on your website. Visitors to your page will be able to create a new account, post messages and reply to messages.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Shop around for a web hosting reseller. There are literally thousands of reseller hosting companies to choose from. A few of the more popular ones include HostGator.com, PremiumReseller.com and HostDime.com. Each service offers a series of different packages at different prices ranging from $15 a month to $99 a month. Pay close attention to the disk space and bandwidth provided for each plan, as well as the number of domains you will be permitted to host. These will be the primary limitations to the size of your business.
Purchase your reseller hosting package. Most packages offer both a monthly rate and a discounted yearly rate.
Familiarize yourself with the web hosting management interface. Your reseller account comes with an interface that allows you to create and manage web host accounts for your clients. Ensure you understand the process before you begin selling hosting accounts.
Set up your web hosting sales website. Most reseller accounts offer a number of templates for selling web hosting services. Select a template you like or have one designed for you. Determine the exact services you will be offering and the prices of each web hosting package you intend to sell. Add your sales copy to your web pages and test the billing system.
Advertise your web hosting services by promoting your sales website. Many resellers provide excellent guidance on marketing and advertising. Take advantage of any marketing services they offer.
Click on the 'Create a Free Account' link on MediaFire's website. Enter your name and email address. Next, select a display name and password for your account. Click the 'Create Account & Continue' button. When the plan options menu appears, select the 'Basic' plan.
Click the 'Upload Files' button. The 'Select files to upload' message box will appear. Select the audio files you want to upload to MediaFire. You can select multiple files by holding in the 'Ctrl' button on your keyboard and individually selecting each file with your mouse. You can also upload multiple files by clicking the 'Add More Files' link and individually selecting each music track.
Click the 'Begin Uploading Files' button.
Check the box next to each file you want to share. When you're finished selecting your files, click the 'Share' button.
Click on the 'Share by Email' tab. Enter your email address, as well as your recipients' email addresses, and click the 'Send Link' button. A link to your audio files will be automatically sent to your friends or family members. You can also share your audio files on social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Click the 'Facebook/Twitter' tab, check the box next to your preferred social network, enter a message and click the 'Send' button.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Tour wedding venues 6 to 12 months before your wedding. Pay particular attention to the landscaping of the ceremony area and the condition of the parking lot. For a nighttime wedding, the terrain should be as flat as possible to prevent guests from tripping in the dark.
Book your wedding venue. Ask for a venue map to use throughout your wedding planning process.
Plan your ceremony seating chart. Make sure that the aisles and rows between seats allow for easy navigation in dim or dark lighting conditions.
Select lighting for the parking and ceremony areas. Choose lights that will coordinate with the theme and formality of your wedding. Rent stadium lamps, garden lights or twinkle lights.
Coordinate accommodations for out-of-town guests. Contact hotels near your venue to inquire about getting a discounted rate for booking multiple rooms.
Hire a photographer for your ceremony who is experienced in shooting in dark or dim conditions. This is especially important for outdoor ceremonies.
Set up everything for the wedding ceremony before sunset on the day of your wedding. Test all lights to make sure they are working properly.
Decide on the type of server you want to use. You can use your computer as a server, but once you shut down the computer, no one can use it. A dedicated server is in use 24-7 and will be unavailable for your own personal use.
Find a game to host by contacting developers or programmers working on games. If you want to court a large company like Blizzard, then you need to have large servers that can host a large-scale game. If you plan on courting a small company, then you don't need such a large system.
Figure out how you plan to charge. If you are working with a large company, they will likely lease your servers for their game; that will be the primary source of revenue. If you host a small scale or even local game, then you can charge people a monthly fee to play.
Create your pay-for-access system by working with your Internet service provider or hosting company. They both have the ability to set up a username and password system for either a membership section of your website, which you can provide access to your server, or directly with the server itself for a limited time. This will give only paying customers access to the server and the game.
Publicize your gaming space. If you are hosting a local game, then you will need to publicize your business in order to get people to come and play the game. The most common ways of publicizing products are advertising, social media and news coverage.
Upgrade the servers when needed. If you want to continue making money, then you will need to upgrade your servers when the number of people gets too large or the games take up too much memory on the server.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Decide how many kids you can handle. The general rule for kids' birthday parties is one child for every year of the child's life; so six kids for a 6-year-old's birthday, for example -- but this may be too many to handle all night long. If there's another adult in the house, a three to one kid-to-adult ratio might work; but if you're by yourself, handling six little ones might be overwhelming. Ask your daughter to make a list of possible candidates to start, so you know how many she expects to have.
Send invitations to the kids you think can handle the sleepover -- and the kids you think you can handle. Ideally, you'll know the invitees already, since you'll have had them over for shorter play dates. That way, you'll know who might be too hyperactive, frightened or shy to handle an all-nighter. In the invitation, provide the date, the time the party will begin and end, your phone number and address, and any items the girls will need to bring, such as sleeping bags or swimsuits, for example. Ask each family to RSVP at least a week before the big night, so you'll have a head count for preparing food and sleeping arrangements.
Plan an activity that involves movement early in the evening, to help the girls to get their sillies out. If you have a park nearby, this might involve a soccer game or a game of Frisbee; if you have a car large enough, it could also include a trip to an amusement park or a skate party. Whatever you plan to do, be sure to inform the girls' parents, just in case there are any issues you need to be prepared for. For example, one child may need an inhaler when she runs a lot; another might not be able to swim, which could nix the idea of a swimming adventure. When it gets late, have a quieter activity planned, such as a movie night or a relatively mellow series of games.
Stock up on easy-to-prepare foods. You may be tempted to treat everyone to home-cooked lasagna or other special treats -- but as soon as the fun starts, you're likely going to find very little time for such gourmet options. Think simple: pizza or nachos for dinner, popcorn or cheese and crackers for snacks, and toaster waffles for breakfast.
Prepare a place for sleeping that will allow you some peace and quiet -- while still being able to keep a close eye on the action. If you have a den in the basement or an attic playroom, that might be a preferable place for sleeping versus your daughter's bedroom just next to yours. You might inform the girls that they're to go to bed at a certain hour -- but in the excitement, don't expect them to comply.
Get a good night's sleep the night before the sleepover. That goes for both you and your daughter -- who is likely to spend most of the sleepover night giggling with her buddies.
Talk to each parent as they drop off their daughter, to get emergency phone numbers and find out about any dietary needs or special circumstances you might need to know about. Hopefully the parents will have let you know about those diet issues when they RSVP'd, but better late than never.
Get as much help as you can from other family members in the house. You might get your daughter's older sister to help with making popcorn, or your neighbor to help keep an eye out for your brood when you're running around the local park.
Check on the group often -- especially around bedtime. When it gets close to sleep time, you may find some girls need a little extra attention, a night light or help getting into their pajamas. Nip any bullying or making-fun in the bud to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and happy as they drift off to sleep.
Choose the name for your website. Search for a domain hosting service which offers a control panel (CPanel), such as HostGator or GoDaddy.
Search for your chosen domain name at the hosting site of your choice. Pay the domain registration fee.
Choose from the hosting service's monthly plan options. Pay the first month's hosting fee. Note down your username and password in a safe place.
Log into your CPanel using your username and password.
Locate the Fantastico Suite Smiley Face icon near the bottom of the page. Find the WordPress download link on the top left of the next page. Click to start your new WordPress installation.Upload WordPress to your new website. Save all of the usernames and passwords as you upload the program.
Email a copy of the installation data to yourself. Check your Inbox to locate the installation data email. Save it in a safe place for future reference.
Decide your show's format (i.e., video or just an audio recording?). Record a practice segment and play it back to assess the recording quality. Compare the quality of other podcasts and decide if you are satisfied with your set-up or if you want to upgrade your equipment.
Set a publication schedule. Decide if it will be a monthly or weekly show, or published on some other schedule. Let people know when to expect a new episode and then try to keep on schedule; that is the best way to get subscribers to keep coming back.
Plan your first episode. Decide the format for each episode. You may have opening music, you might have one segment that is just you talking, followed by another segment with an interview, and a third segment with listener or viewer comments or questions. Put some kind of music or sound effect in between, to help listeners know you are transitioning from one segment to another.
Record your first episode. You can use software you already have, such as Windows Sound Recorder, or you can get a podcast recording program such as Audacity or iPodcast Producer.
Add in any special effects and transitions, and edit out mistakes. It's usually best to record each section separately because it's easier to go for short periods without making a mistake than it is to record a long show with perfect content. Save the file in a format that is easy to share, such as MP3 for audio or M4V for video.
Publish your podcast. The best option is to create an RSS feed and upload it to a Web service that specializes in hosting podcast files. You probably want to host your podcast files separately from where your Web site is hosted, because many Web hosts don't allow video and audio files. Also, podcast servers often have options your regular Web host won't have, such as an RSS feed generator.
Set up an RSS feed for your podcast. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it is an easy way to allow people to subscribe to your podcast. Subscribers are notified when new episodes have been uploaded.
Test your podcast. Go to the hosting Web site (e.g., YouTube or your blog), or subscribe to the feed and download it to iTunes or another podcast-aggregating application. Play it to make sure the sound quality is adequate and that the entire file was transmitted.
Access a web provider such as JustHost.com, 1and1.com or FatCow.com and review the hosting plans to see which one fits your needs best. You also can review a comprehensive web hosting comparison page such as Top-10-Web-Hosting.com (see Resources). A web host provider offers website-building tools along with space for your website files so that the files can be published on the Internet. Typically, you can purchase options that charge as little as a few dollars a month, or opt to pay a flat fee on a yearly basis.
Purchase a plan with your chosen provider and register your domain name. If you already have procured a domain through another site, such as register.com, you can simply enter this name during sign-up so that your host can assign this to your account. Otherwise, you can register the name during the purchase process by following the domain name registration prompts provided.
Log in to your web host account and locate a section such as 'site builder' to survey the tools that are available to help you build your website. Typically, these mechanisms are composed of menus and buttons that allow you to type in your web page content, format your data and insert features such as fill-in forms. Additionally, you can grab digital images from your computer and insert them into your web pages by using the tool's 'image upload' feature. Explore the interface and create the pages to build your website. Many hosts also offer ready-made web pages (templates) that you can simply edit as preferred. If you need help finding these features, access your web host's 'Help' page.
Use your host's 'Preview' feature to see how your website looks before you publish it. If satisfied, save your files by using the 'Save' link or button provided.
Transfer your web files to the directory that houses and publishes your website on the Internet. Look for a 'File Manager,' double click on it and go to a file typically labeled 'Public FTP.' Double click this folder and use the provided links and/or buttons to select your web files and upload them to this folder. When finished, simply type your domain address in a web browser to see your active (live) website.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Learn about basic HTML. If you know how to create a few basic codes, you will be able to customize your website to suit your needs. You don't have to become a programmer, but you do need to know how basic HTML works so that you can correct any problems.
Find a host for your website. Being a webmaster means controlling an independent website. That requires hosting. Look for a hosting plan that delivers exactly the options you need rather than simply looking at the price of the plan. Most hosting companies give price breaks for long-term hosting.
Set up the website. The website will need content, graphics and anything interactive that you want to add. You can outsource that work to a Web writer or a graphic designer, or you can do the work yourself. Set up a timetable so that your completed site is finished as fast as it should be. If you want to create a 10-page site, allow perhaps half a day to develop each of those pages.
Test the site to make sure all of its functions work. You might spend a day or two trying to access the site from different locations and from different browsers. Also contact friends and family to tell you if they have any problems using the site. Make any corrections that need to be made.
Publish the website. Once the website becomes live, it will be available all over the world.
Handle problems that users encounter. Moderate comments and answer questions to keep the website going. Make sure to handle problems fast enough to keep users coming back.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Brainstorm the site's themes, ideas and contents. Most sites are text-heavy and based on informative content, such as how-to guides and research. Other sites may be focused around an interactive element, such as a message board and online forum.
Choose a paid web host. Hosting plans for basic websites can start at a price as low as several dollars per month, though this price can vary by service provider and be exponentially more as you add more services and features. Various companies offer basic web hosting plans for new sites, such as 1and1 and GoDaddy (see Resources). Most plans can also be upgraded with more features as the site grows.
Select a domain name. This is the address that individuals type into their browser to access the site you've built. Some service providers, such as 1and1, include the domain name with the hosting plan. Choose a name that is simple and easy to remember, and one that also represents the theme or purpose of the site. Keep your future goals in mind. For example, don't choose a dog-specific site name if you are starting a dog care site but plan to expand it to include other types of pets.
Plan the general page design of the site you wish to build. Sites are made up of specific components, the main features being the actual content and the navigation. Typically, the navigational features (for example, site links, search bars, etc.) are found at the top and left-hand side of the page. The empty area is typically the page contents. Sketch out the design on a blank page of paper so that you can envision what the final product will look like.
Build the site. You may use a website building software, such as Adobe Dreamweaver (see Resources). Your web host may also provide automated tools to help generate a webpage. If you are confident in your knowledge of HTML and manual website coding, you may even choose to use a basic text editor and write the code by hand. Individuals often benefit from reading an HTML resource book for the basic principles and tags for building a website. Such books are available at your local library, bookstore or online at a retailer such as Amazon.
Check that each page you've built for the site is compliant with W3C web standards (see Resources). All pages must begin with the
tag and end with the appropriate closing tag,
. Likewise, all opening tags within the two HTML codes must have alternate closing tags (accomplished by repeating the tag and inserting a forward-slash into the first portion of the code).
Upload the finished website to your web host. You may use the host's file browser, which is accessible when you login to your webhosting account. However, most web designers typically upload finished sites using an FTP program such as Cyberduck or Fetch (on a Mac) or SmartFTP (for a PC). The FTP program will connect to your server, and files may be uploaded by dragging and dropping the file on your computer into the FTP software's interface.