Designing a Website

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					If you are ready to start an online business and you've determined that you need a
website, and you've properly planned the site, you're ready to get it built.

Just as a reminder, these are the types of things you should consider (in no particular
order) when you are planning for the design of your work at home business website:

* Select a color scheme for throughout the site.

* Prepare Logo or other ID for your business.

* Plan Navigation throughout the site.

* Select a home page look; your home page must put the user at ease.

* Determine your inner page look.

* Will you store a database of visitors?

* Do you need an Affiliation with an Autoresponder?

* Do you need a Newsletter?

* Do you need a Blog?

* Do you need a Shopping cart? Do you need a Merchant Account or PayPal
affiliation?

* Do you need a Business affiliation links? Select site advertising.

* Do you need a site information search?

* Do you need keywords and meta tags?

Do you build the site yourself, or should you have someone else build it? Or will the
business you're going into build the site for you? Having the option that the business
you're working with will build your site for you is a huge benefit. This can get you
into business very quickly, in some instances overnight.

If you are going to build your own website and you have properly planned it, you are
probably ready to get started at this point. Building your own website will save you a
lot of money. But it requires that you can program in the various languages that
websites must be programmed in, or that you have access to, and know how to use,
website creation software. But not everyone can build their own website, and not
everyone wants to. If you can't build your own website, or you don't want to build
your website, and you aren't associating your business with one that will build your
site for you, then you are facing having someone else build your site.

Since you have already carefully planned your website, it's important that you convey
your ideas about your site design to those who will be building your site. They won't
know what you expect your site to look like, and the functionality you envision for
your site, unless you describe it to them in detail. So in working with your website
designer, be thorough in detailing to them about what you expect in your site.

Two additional items that you must resolve before your site is built are

* the URL that visitors will use to browse your site, and

* the host where your site will be stored.

The URL should make it easy for a browser to find your site, so select it carefully.
You may not be able to get your first choice in URLs; if not, try variations of the
word(s) you want to use.

The host for your site is important because you are relying on this host to be up and
running around the clock, 24/7. If the host is down, your site is off the air. Reliability
is a must. It's also helpful if your host can provide you with statistics about your site:
who is visiting? how long do they hang around? what pages are they viewing? what
page is the last page that they view (i.e., what page is causing them to leave your
site)?

Once the site is built, test . . . test . . . test! Testing is important because you don't want
your site visitors to be the ones to find your errors. That's a quick way to lose
customers. Once the site is thoroughly tested, you're ready to go online.