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How to Plan Site Creation & Launch
Steps to follow in creating & launching a site & which software to use
Bluedognoosa

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3180858 posted 4:30 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hello

I've been going through a very frustrating time getting a new website created and launched on the internet which is causing me to seriously consider doing it myself.

Challenge is I don't know what to do or what I need to consider in getting there. I know enough to know that there is more to creating an effective site than just good looks and that there are issues such as hosting, domain names etc that you need to consider but I'm not sure of the key steps or the order things should be done in or whether any steps are interrelated.

Maybe this question has already been answered on one of the forums here but I've had a bit of a look around and haven't found anything that looks relevant yet so if anyone knows where I can find the answers, if you could post a link I'd be very grateful.

If not, if someone could provide some guidance I would really appreciate it.

I know there are a few software programs available which require either little or no knowledge of HTML and I was wondering if anyone has used them and/or whether there are any significant reasons not to use them.

I know Macromedia Dreamweaver is very highly regarded but I don't really have the budget to invest in that at the moment. Has anyone used Fusion NetObjects? I believe version 10 has recently been released and sounds easy to use but I just wondered if those claims can be backed up by anyone who has used it.

Many thanks

 

excell

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3180858 posted 8:28 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi there, you might find some interesting things in this forums library:
[webmasterworld.com...]

A road map for where you want to go should be laid out before you begin.
I would most likely start by looking at competitors and firming up my business plan, business name and marketplace analysis and position.

Once you are sure of your identity the first step is to register your domain.
Then you can develop your website and when it is ready you can have a hosting company set it up for you so the world can see it.
You will also need to think about how the world is going to find you!<---this should be a large part of planning right from the beginning.

As far as what editor to use? It would depend on your coding skills and knowledge. If you know nothing then there are plenty of tutorials available to get you going.

Another alternative for you might be to use the services of a hosting company that can provide you with a CMS so you can build your website on line.

Either way, whatever you do at least you will have tried and if you are not happy with the results at the end you will be able to hand over your work to a professional so it can be re-designed. They will be able to see your intentions for structure and content...

mack

WebmasterWorld Administrator mack us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3180858 posted 8:26 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Here's one I wrote ages ago.. its a little dated but much of it is still relevant.

Mack.

Tastatura

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3180858 posted 2:40 am on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)


Mack:
Here's one I wrote ages ago.

ummm, where? :) [no link]

mack

WebmasterWorld Administrator mack us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3180858 posted 9:05 pm on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

[webmasterworld.com...] :)

lol.

Mack.

jtara

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jtara us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3180858 posted 2:04 am on Dec 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Let's back up a minute. I see a couple of things here that set off alarm bells and haven't been addressed:

I've been going through a very frustrating time getting a new website created and launched on the internet which is causing me to seriously consider doing it myself.

The implication here is that you've contracted with somebody to do this for you, but they haven't delivered. Is this correct?

If this is the case, how far did they get? Did they produce something, but just didn't put it up on a public site? I kinda get that idea. Or a friend or relative or employee who said "I'll do that for you!" and then didn't come through?

I know Macromedia Dreamweaver is very highly regarded but I don't really have the budget to invest in that at the moment.

Dreamweaver sells for about $400. Most websites cost considerably more than that to have developed. I'm just guessing here, but did you contract with somebody to produce a website at an unrealistically low cost? I find it kinda odd for somebody to be "considering doing it themselves" after an apparently bad experience having somebody else do it for them, and then balking at $400.

(You don't need a $400 product to create a decent website, however. There ARE plenty of more-affordable choices.)

Give us a bit more information, and maybe we can do a better job of pointing you in the right direction.

What's the purpose of your site? Sounds like it is for an existing business? Is it for people to get online information about your business, to buy online, something else? Perhaps you should be looking at hosted solutions rather than developing your own website. For example, it's pretty easy and inexpensive to set up a site to sell online using Yahoo Stores, etc.

In any case, I sense there is a backstory here we are not getting. Fill us in, and we can probably be more helpful.

(WebmasterWorld gets a lot of "how do I do foo" posts where I suspect that the conclusion that the poster needs to do foo may be premature. I like to try to ferret these out. :) )

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