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.
Navigate to the website on which you want to upload your video file that is over 200 MB in size. YouTube and Flickr both allow videos with file sizes of 200 MB, but you need to create a new account or use an existing account. To upload a video file of 200 MB to Flickr you need to purchase a Pro account; YouTube allows file sizes up to 2 GB. You can also visit free file hosting sites, such as YourFileLink to upload a video.
Click the link or button that allows you to upload the video. A dialog box will open asking you to select the video on your computer that you want to upload.
Choose the video that you want to upload in the dialog box. Once you have chosen the video, the upload process will start, and will complete in some time depending on your Internet speed and availability of free servers on the website on which you are uploading the video.
Set up your web server. You can either build one, purchase one, or rent space on an existing web server. Next you will need to insure the server is connected to a high speed internet connection with a dedicated ip address. Then purchase a domain name and configure name servers such as ns1.yourdomain.com and ns2.yourdomain.com. This will allow those buying web server space from you to point their domains to your web server. Ensure the necessary programs and software are installed, such as the Linux Operating System, Apache Server software, PHP programming environment, and MySQL databases.
Select your administration software. One of the most automatic and easy to use web server administration software is the combination of cPanel and Web Host Manger (WHM). This will allow you to quickly and easily setup new web sites on your server, perform administrative tasks, as well as give limited control and configuration to your customers.
Set up hosting packages. You should create different price points for different packages which include different features and level of storage space and bandwidth. This can be easily done with WHM. Make sure to assign the correct package when setting up a new site for a customer. Changes or upgrades can be easily made as well.
Create a web site to advertise, display the pricing and details of each package, and to take credit card orders is an effective and helpful way to bring in new customers. Create language about support, terms of conditions, ways to order, information about your company, and more.
Set up a PayPal account to accept credit card payments. One of the most cost effective and easiest ways to accept recurring monthly billing through credit cards is with PayPal subscriptions. Creating a PayPal account is free with a 3 to 5 percent fee charged to each order. PayPal is a commonly used method and allows for purchase with a PayPal account, credit card, or debit card. When configured correctly the order will automatically bill each month, year, or whatever period you set up. You can easily email an invoice with a payment link or embed the payment link into your web site.
Create or rent a daily backup solution so that your data and those of your clients are protected from any viruses, hacker attempts, or hardware or software failures. Explain your backup policy to your customers in your terms of agreement and determine any potential problems or limitations ahead of time.
Set up a fee structure for additional services. This includes advanced support, site or data restoration, custom coding, custom configuration, web design, and more. By offering these additional services you can increase your income and continue to meet the needs of your customers.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Log in to your Web hosting “Control Panel.” Select “File Directory” and “Upload.” Browse your computer files to locate and upload the ASX video file to your Web hosting server. If your Web hosting provider does not support the ASX file format, upload the file to a third-party file hosting site that does. An example of such sites include VideoBam, YourFileLink, zShare and Mozy.
Write down the URL for your uploaded ASX file, such as: http://www.yourvideofile.asx
Log in to your Web hosting “Control Panel.”
Click “File Directory.”
Locate and select the page, inside your file directory, to which you want to add the embedded video. Click “Edit” to open the page's file editor.
Type either of the following HTML codes inside the file editor box. The first code results in automatic video playing. The second code results in a manual player. Replace the generic video file name with the name of your actual file. Feel free to adjust the height and width attributes of your video as necessary.Start Video Automatically
Start Video Manually
Click “Save” to save the changes to your page. Click “Publish” (if applicable) to publish your changes live on the Web.
Register a domain name for your website at a domain name registrar such as FreeHostia or GoDaddy (see Resources).
Buy a web hosting package to host your website online. Hosting is available from the domain name registrars listed above and many different sites. Buy a package that includes at least one MySQL database.
Download and extract the newest version of the phpBB Installation Package from its official website (see Resources).
Upload every file and folder you just downloaded into the same public location on your website (such as yoursite.com/forum).
Open a web browser and navigate to the 'install' folder of wherever you put phpBB. If you put it in yoursite.com/forum, go to yoursite.com/forum/install.
Click on the 'Install' tab and follow the on-screen instructions to install phpBB. If you get stuck, you can find detailed installation instructions in INSTALL.html and README.html, in the 'docs' folder.
Find extra add-ons for your forum and different visual styles from the phpBB website (see Resources).
Tell people to come to your site and start talking.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
XAT chat service provides free chat rooms and groups. Creating a registered account takes only a few seconds, and requires only an active e-mail. XAT's chat rooms are coded in Java, as is the standard. However, these chat rooms have many features that other chat providers don't, such as chatroom backgrounds, smiley additions and an extensive font collection.
99Chats is a free chat widget-creation website. This software is designed to embed in your website. Like other chat sites, 99Chats requires an active e-mail and username to register. An interesting addition to this chat site is the ability to choose from a large list of themes. These vary from color options to theme options like 'Ocean Land.'
TinyChat is one of the few chat-creation sites that doesn't require registration to be used. All that is required is to enter the desired name of the chat on the front page, and the chat site is instantly created. Users can login to your chat site using logins for Facebook, Twitter or MySpace or simply using an anonymous username. TinyChat, unlike some of its competitors, uses Flash to create its chat pages, rather than Java.
Create strong passwords for you website's back end, sometimes called the administration page. This is very important because if a cyber criminal can get access to the back end, then he can pretty much do anything he wants, since anything can be done to your site from its back end. Strong passwords include both upper and lowercase letters and numbers and are at least eight characters long. Many website administrators follow a stricter policy when securing their sites' back ends; they make their passwords at least fifteen characters.
Create strong passwords for any FTP, file transfer protocol, accounts that have access to your web server. Follow the same guidelines as you would for you site's back end, but you must also make sure that, if you have given FTP accounts to others, that they do not make simpler passwords for their own convenience.
Update your server operating system regularly. If you are leasing server space from a web hosting provider, then you will not have to worry about this, since your hosting provider will take care of it for you. However, if you are maintaining your own server, then you should check for security updates at least once every two weeks; consult your operating system's documentation for details.
Follow good security practices on all computers that you use FTP to your server from or log into the back end from. No matter how strong your passwords are, a key logger is going to compromise your site's security. This includes having a strong anti-malware suite, including a firewall, and keeping it up to date. Popular anti-malware suites include McAfee, Norton and Vipre.
Trust your users. If you start receiving feedback complaining that there seem to be random glitches on your site or that it is loading slowly or that your site is sending out a lot of spam, then there is a chance that your site has come under attack. Listening to these warnings can save you a lot of time and trouble.
Locate the MP3 song file on your computer. You may have a folder titled 'My Music' in your 'My Documents' folder, for example, that contains your MP3s. Find the MP3 file and remember the name of that file for easy uploading later on.
Visit one of the many MP3 hosting sites. Check www.audiohostings.com for a list of different mp3 hosting sites. Some, such Kiwi6, host only mp3s. Others, though, can host MP4s, WAV or other types of music files. Look through the sites to find the one that you trust the most. Kiwi6 and Filexoom are easy to understand and work well.
Once you've found the MP3 hosting site you'd like to use, locate the 'Upload Now' or 'Browse' button on the website. Find the MP3 file on your computer to upload to the MP3 hosting website. Click 'Upload' and wait for the file to upload onto the computer. You should see a progress bar to watch the upload in progress on most hosting sites.
Get the link provided by the hosting site that will go directly to the song download page or a link that will automatically download the song. This link should be provided immediately upon upload completion on the hosting site. You are now free to post that link in message boards or on a personal website to share with others. Remember to follow any copyright guidelines the song may have attached to it.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Create a free website on Webs.com. You will create a 'site address' during registration that will become your free URL. After registration, you can begin uploading files and building your website.
Use Google Sites to create your free URL.You can create multiple websites under a single Google account and select a unique address for each one. Use one of Google's layout templates or create your own using the HTML editor.
Register for a free website with Bravenet. The user name you create during the sign-up process will be incorporated into your free URL. Bravenet offers 5 GB of storage space for your HTML, text and image files.
Make a decision on whether to host your site on a university server or your own hosting space with your own domain. For an established academic with tenure, university hosting may make the most sense. For a graduate student or early career academic generally personal hosting is going be the better option. Even though you may have to pay out of pocket for personal hosting, if you are going to be or might be at a different institution in the future you don't want your Web presence tied to an account you can lose.
Start laying out how you want your site to look. Academic sites generally tend to have fairly conservative layouts, which is not a bad thing. Some are a simple one- page affair with contact information and a list of prominent publications. Several page layouts aren't out of the question, though, as long as you can find reasons for creating each page. Less established academics are generally going to benefit from having a larger Web presence, but it should be fairly conservative in style.
Give some thought to how you are going to handle the problem of displaying your CV online. A lot of CVs are simply going to be too big to put online as a single HTML document. While the CV can be good start for outlining your site, the CV itself may best be offered as a .pdf download from one of your pages. The reason I suggest the .pdf format is that it looks much more professional, and is much more of a standard than a word processing document. It ensures that someone printing out your CV has it looking as you intended it; other file formats may put the appearance of your CV at the hands of a stranger's print driver (or Web browser if you offer it in HTML).
Start assembling your site. Make sure you understand the File Transfer Protocol (ftp) for the page or pages you create for your hosting provider. After seeing how your idea looks live on the Internet, you may find it doesn't quite looks as your imagined. Just tweak things and publish the page again.
Once your site is up and running, link it to your profile on your department's site. If policies require you to host your site on university space to get linked, put up a place holder on the university server and link it to your external site.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Log into your account at the website of the company where you purchased your domain name. If you have a Web hosting account with another company, and you transferred DNS management to the new company's name servers, log into the Web hosting site instead. If you're not sure which company controls your DNS settings, first try the Web hosting company and then the domain registrar.
Find the website's DNS management page. Depending on which company you use, the location of this page on the website will vary. You can often find it by selecting 'DNS Management,' 'DNS Settings,' 'DNS Hosts,' 'Zone Editor' or something similar. On some sites, you may have to first select the 'Domains' option and then select the name of your domain.
Find the section of the DNS settings page that allows you to add a new record. In some cases, you may need to click 'Add Record,' 'Edit' or something similar. The website will ask you for up to four pieces of information: a record type, a host name or alias, a value or destination, and a time delay or 'TTL.'
Set the record type to 'CNAME,' and then enter the new domain prefix in the host name or alias field. For example, if you are creating the 'pictures.mywebsite.com' subdomain, enter 'pictures' in this field. Do not add a period at the end of your entry -- you DNS editor will do this automatically.
Set the value or destination field to the location or address to which the new subdomain should point. For example, if you are creating a subdomain called 'pictures.mywebsite.com' that should point to an image folder on your Web server, you might enter 'mywebsite.com/data/images' as the value or destination. You can also point subdomains to other websites. For example, if you have Tumblr blog and want readers to be able to access it from your own website, you might create the subdomain 'blog.mywebsite.com'. In this case, you would enter 'domains.tumblr.com.' (including the last period inside the quotes) as the value or destination.
Leave the TTL setting at the default value and then save the new entry. The CNAME record should become active within four hours, although it can sometimes take up to eight hours for the new information to propagate to all of the other DNS servers on the Internet.
Find a webhost which offers free websites. Several webhosting companies offer free webhosting services, such as web.com, freehostingcloud.com and ultimatesitehost.com. Webhosting directories provide information that allows customers to quickly summarize the benefits of some of the web's most popular free websites. The information includes reviews of the sites as well as data about available space on each site, the sites' scripting and whether or not each webhost places their ads on the free websites of clients.
Select a webhost that provides the options that you want and sign up with the webhost. Submit contact information and complete the webhost's security clearance. Sign the agreement and choose an owner username and password.
Select a domain name for the free interactive website. Select a template for the website from the template options that the webhost offers.
Create website files/pages. Map out the site so that the webpages will complete and complement each other. Insert graphics and text on each page. Insert hyperlinks into the pages to create crosslinks between the site's pages, as well as links to other similar sites. Notify owners of other websites that you have created a link to their website and request that they link to your site as well to bring your site more visitors.
Upload the forum tool to your website to allow site visitors to chat with each other, asking questions and providing requested information.
Add the email tool to your website to allow you to send emails using your domain name as your email's domain address and allowing your site's visitors to contact you directly through your website.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Determine your business model. Websites earn money through a variety of business models--selling physical or informational products, receiving advertising revenue or charging readers a fee to read information. All models work, but it's best to choose just one and stick to that model.
Research your niche. In order to make a profit on a website as an individual, it's best to choose a topic that is very specific. For example, for general health issues, you'll find that large authority sites, such as WebMD, dominate the search results. You don't want to compete with a site like this. If you want to create a site about health, you want to choose a specific ailment to focus on.
Purchase a domain name and hosting. Your domain name should be simple and easy to remember. Choosing a name that includes words related to your main topic can help you to rank in the search engines. To start out, a simple web hosting plan with a monthly payment is all you need. This is the company that will store your files so people can view your website on-line.
Design the website. If you don't have designing experience, you can use a WYSIWYG--'what you see is what you get'--editor. This allows you to easily create the layout, change colors and adjust text without having to understand programming languages. To make things even easier, you can use a template, which will set the basic layout for you and you simply have to add text and images.
Upload the website to your server. Use an FTP software to transfer files. Open up the FTP software and drag your files from your desktop to the software program. You'll begin to see the files uploading.
Bring traffic to your website. You won't make money with your website if you don't have any visitors. To get visitors to your site, you can pay for advertising, use search engine optimization or article and video marketing--putting your content on other websites with a link back to your site.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
First, does your state require a gambling license to host a raffle? Raffles are considered gambling in some states and might be illegal. Contact your state's Department of Revenue or Secretary of State to verify whether any licenses are required to host an online raffle.
Design a website for the raffle. If you don't know how, hire a freelance web designer from sites such as Elance.com, Getafreelancer.com or Guru.com. Or, use a website templates found at a site such as Templatemonster.com to design it. Website templates allow you to oversee the content and images.
Open a merchant account at a bank. Merchant accounts often are subject to credit approval and require an additional business or personal checking account.
Ask an organization to join your site as a raffle sponsor. Speak churches, community centers or other nonprofit organizations for assistance. Having a website formed can drive the incentive for a group or organization to get involved.
Generate traffic for your raffle. Use forums and social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to draw traffic. Emphasize the raffle's cause to help encourage people to participate.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Obtain a domain name. This is the first step of establishing any website. This is what your site will be known as on the Internet. Your domain name can be obtained through a website building solution, such as Weebly.com, for free as long as you don’t mind having the web building solution’s name attached. For example, by choosing a free domain name from Weebly, you agree to use an open name in Weebly’s domain. Your wbsite’s name will look something like this: ABCsite.weebly.com.
Start your page design work. It is best to begin designing your site on paper. You should have a good idea of what you want to do with your page before you begin designing it electronically. You should also decide what purpose you want your site to have. Do you simply want to educate individuals when it comes to your area of expertise, or would you rather engage other experts in a discussion board-type of environment? Web building sites will allow you to design your pages however you choose and have a multitude of templates to help you accomplish your goals; the simple walk-through tutorial makes sure that you don’t miss anything critical, such as adding a site description for search engines and keywords.
Begin building your pages. After you have decided what you want your site to offer, begin building your pages online. Simply drag and drop individual templates into place and then begin editing the information contained in those templates. Your website will begin to take shape in no time. When you get to the pages that will be used in conjunction with a PayPal buy button or donation button, instead of dragging and dropping a basic template, switch to the revenue option and drag and drop a Product element into your page. You will need to connect your PayPal account to the website you are building. Simply edit your preferences in your account and add your PayPal account information. If you do not have a PayPal account, sign up for a free one at www.paypal.com.
Upload photographs of your products. Some site builders allow you to upload photographs of your products and add them to your Product elements. This is an extremely useful function since most customers like to see what they are buying. Take pictures of your products with a digital camera, transfer your pictures to your computer through its USB connection and then upload them to your website through the picture upload utility in the Product element.
Keep your content fresh. There is nothing that turns away users faster than stale content. You need to provide new and useful information and products often to keep customers coming back. You can incorporate some of your users’ questions into content if you need ideas for new articles.
Use your company name and pick a domain name that is the name of your website. According to The Site Wizard, it is important to use a name related to clothing or your product so customers can locate you in a search.
Locate a domain registration site. Protect your clothing site's domain name by purchasing a registration from an online site, like Godaddy.com, Dotster.com or Register.com.
Find a web hosting service that meets your needs for a clothing site. Compare host sites at Webhostingsitechoice.com. Consider the service's cost, features and storage space. Since you will need several pages to showcase the clothes, make sure the web host offers unlimited disk and data space.
Register with the web host of your choice. Use the drop-down menu and choose 'Business' as the type of site you are creating. The business account allows you to advertise your clothing site. Click on 'Create Account' and enter your personal information.
Complete registration by entering your payment information and creating a user name and password. This allows you to access your clothing website and make changes or updates.
Pick a website template from the list provided by the web host after registering. Choose one that works well for clothing, such as a brightly colored template. Several colors and styles are available. However, if you choose a template, you may change it later if it does not work like you expected.
Click the button provided by the web host that allows you to add text, such as 'Add Paragraph.' Enter the text describing the clothing in this box. To add pictures of the clothes, click 'Add Photograph' and upload the photos. All web hosting sites provide a button to add or remove information in the same general manner. Move the boxes by grabbing the arrow and dragging them.
Review your web pages before publishing your website. Be sure to include 'Home', 'Sales' and 'Contact.' Click the 'Publish' button when you are ready for your clothing website to become active and available for public viewing.
Establish your goals. What are you looking to do? Disseminate homework? Create an online forum where teachers and parents can communicate? Keep the school calendar current? All of the above? Before making any decisions, be sure you consult your educational hierarchy. Check all policies concerning the Internet and its use for school business. Make sure you've answered all questions from the school board regarding what you're doing and what their vision may be for the website.
Explore your design options. There are a variety of websites that provide online templates that are ready for use. The only thing left for you to do is personalize it to fit your needs. One of these sites is Freewebtemplates.com. It provides some impressive, yet simple, websites free to download. Microsoft Publisher also comes with ready-to-use web templates. If you're building your school's website from scratch, consider some of these software options:
Prepare your design, location and files. Know what the school logo is and where to get all your information. Be sure to locate the server that your school website will be on, who's in charge of the server and how big the site will be. Get a clear understanding of how much space you will have for your website. One good idea is to browse other school websites to get a good idea on what you would like to do. Make your design something simple at first. Use your school colors to give it a personalized look Place a sidebar with links to the school logo at the top of the page. Some people can design complex websites that either take too long to build or take too long to load. Create your school website so that it's user friendly for students, parents and teachers.
Remember the most useful information is information that can be integrated among parents, teachers and students. Some examples of different items to put on your site is:
-School theme, mascot and motto
-Parent-Teacher Association information
-Brief history of the school, the district it's in, and the community where it's located
-School board news
-Link to the city or county's main public school website
-A Teacher' Page by grade with pictures and contact info
-Staff page for contact information
-What is needed to enroll your child
-Fun links for students
-Page for homework assignments (if teachers request them)
Think of a name for your website. Have it reflect your spiritual or religious beliefs. For instance, if your site will be about Catholic spirituality, use the word 'Catholic' in your website's name. If, on the other hand, your beliefs are nondenominational, or multi-encompassing, consider using the word 'spirit' or synonyms of the word.
Purchase your domain name (see link in 'Resources,' below). Your domain name is the name of your site, and is basically your address in Internet real estate. This is where your site will reside, and what your visitors will type into their address bars when they want to visit your site.
Buy a hosting plan. When you purchase a hosting plan, you are paying a hosting company for space on their servers. By saving your sites on their servers, your website will become available to people all over the world. One of the highest-ranked hosting companies is Host Gator (see link in 'Resources' below).
Build your website. To do this, use your own knowledge of html, xml, and/or xhtml. If you don't know any of these programming languages, you can use a website template software, such as Coffee Cup, which will allow you to build a website quickly, without the need to know programming languages. Alternately, you could use Wordpress (a free blogging application), and purchase a Wordpress theme (see link in Resources) to give your site a professional look within seconds.
Generate revenue after you build a spiritual website by registering with affiliate networks, and finding products or services that are a good fit with your website's topic. In other words, you can link to books about your religion or beliefs, and if your visitors purchase the items, you will receive commission. See Resources below for a link to dozens of free affiliate networks.
Create pages for your site. This will depend entirely on what your beliefs are. Some examples of pages you can create are: history (of the religion or set of beliefs), beliefs, traditions, rules, prayers, songs. If your site is nondenominational, you should include pages about various religions (if any) that contribute to your beliefs. Add pages for spiritual poetry, articles about spiritual people in history (such as Gandhi, Martin Luther, Rumi, etc.). You might also have a page of links to other sites that share your beliefs.