So you want to build a website to promote your book, product or business.
This post will give you a few ideas on what to think about when begining to think of your own website.
I have friends who have great ideas who are thinking of starting a new business. They have heard that they need a website, but they are not very tech savy. They ask, “Where do you begin to open a website?”
If you have a magic wand it would be as simple as POOF! I WISH it were THAT easy!
But, since building a website is more complicated (than you nor I ever want to know) I’m going to break it down in a digestable parts from my experience for my beginner friends. I was beginner once my self.
(This post is open to the public to feel free to read and glean.)
People often comment on the fact of the use of the internet being FREE so why do they have to pay to have a website built? After all “Facebook is FREE.” ( My answer is given at the bottom of this post.)
Someone has to pay for all the expences of running a social network or a website. There are far more expenses to a mega social network and government restrictions than we really want to know when LIKE or SHARE on any social network. ( A WEB SITE is generally NOT a social network.).
I am getting ahead of myself….
You want a website that will
A web builder, whether it is you, a friend, or professional, can not move forward with even the first steps of building a website site for any one unless he/ she has the basic goal information from the owner of the proposed project.
Q.Why do it right in the beginning when publishing a website?
A. You can’t take back mistakes like having to change the name of your business. You lose time, money and costumers by trying to cut corners.
Q. Why can’t you just put up a website and have throngs of people come throwing money at you?
A. No body knows your idea, services, product, business exists to solve their problem unless you make it easy for the people ( who need what you offer) to find you.
Do you remember the line from The Field of Dreams, “if you build it they will come.”.?
FORGET IT! That line does not apply to your website.
Q. How do any content appear on-line?
A. Don’t ask me. All I know is that there are codes and connections that a way above most of the people’s heads in the world.
With a lot time and work behind the scenes it all works.
You have choices on how to get your website put together functionally:
A professonal web builder makes it LOOK easy!
But, behind the scene are there codes , data bases, domain registraton, hosting, placement of buttons; fomats; servers, fees administration parts the public never sees and ways to get more traffic….
You may be able to pull all that stuff together yourself. But, will it work well enough to effective results you want?
My son who is the founder and operations manager of The Edge of Eternity Networks and I came up with an easy to understand anology about a websites. We use a TACO STAND to make a point versus techie words most people don’t have in their vocabulary..
. Most of us have no idea what we want other than to just have a website becasue some one told us we need one. But, the web builder can help you with that when and only when you can answer some of those 10 points I listed above. Being prepared saves time and frustrations from unrealistic expectations.
Let’s pretend you are known are making the Best Tacos EVER!
All your friends say, ” You should sell your tacos because your secret recipe is worth a million dollars. Build a TACO STAND!”
You get $$$$$ in your eyes with this encouragement.
Do you think you can maybe set up a taco stand in your garage or sell tacos out of your trench coat on the street with out facing some…shall I use the word CHALLENGES?
If you are smart you will make a TO DO LIST that includes someone to build your TACO STAND along with what the legal requirements in order to prepare and sell food that is safe to eat. ( You already have the secret recipe.)
The web builder is like unto a Taco Stand builder who will…
How big of or small to build the Taco Shop?
The most important piece of information to know when drawing up the plans to build the taco stand is just how many people do you plan to serve? Will the taco stand be Take Out or full meal with beans and rice on the side with free chips and salsa while customer wait for the tacos to cook?
There is a HUGE difference between a lemonade stand size taco stand in the back yard for an annual family reunion pot luck and a 2 story restaurant with a seating capacty of 500 that serves wine and beer located in the proper commercial ZONE.
So when you ask a web builder for a quote on how much it will set you back.. the answer is it ALL DEPENDS on your goal! ( Refer to my 10 points above to start preparing.)
If you want to profit either monetarily or in following you WILL HAVE to Show up with the MONEY!
That’s a lot of work, isn’t it and I only scratched the surface of a pretend Taco Stand.
Things a web builder may do for you for a fee should not be assumed to automatically appear. Web builder need to charge something for their hours and hours of time.
Both parties must communicate.
If you are lucky, you can find some one who will be a good friend who volunteers their time only asking for the costs he/ she has no control over. It is possbible…
You will need to discuss the need and cost to add on optional functions
( A free DIY website will not offer these things for free. They will added on for a price at the time you need to update to a better plan)
I know I left you hanging ( if you actually read this far). I want to make some important points with that cilf hanger…
Who knew there was so much to a website?
New flash! There is far more than I list here that we never see happening when you access the internet.. But that is why your hire a professional when you want to look professional. It is too much to learn over night when you really want to focus on the content on your website and business, too.
I added clickable links to take you directly to the Edge of Eternity Networks dot net for more detailed explanations for you to research if you wish. This verbose post is my more simplied version of things on the how and why to have prepared before you build a website.
I don’t build websites. I hire TEO to build for me because I would rather be typ-o-ing my opinion and my expertise versus being precise in coding like my “room mate” the owner of TEOE does..
This answer is not as simple as asking ” How much for a Grande Taco?” The ingredients, prep time, an dover head are so-o-o different.
It all depends. Packages are common with a specified number of pages and functions.. Sometimes the charge is per hour. On average $50 to $100 per hour or an hourly rate combined with functions.
Click the links for a sample of “prices” are figured.
.I can’t quote anyone even The Edge of Etenity Networks whom I personally compensate for my work, because I have different needs from the next guy.
When researching I learned that designers figure their rates from a combination of the complexity of the tasks, number of pages and an hourly rate.
Therefore I googled to refer you to a ballpark figure.
Disclaimer: I wrote this post with my personal networking friends in mind that I have referred to my “room mate” a professonal web side builder for their websites. I live with the founder and operation manager of The Edge of Eternity Networks, who built this website… of course I will use my blog to promote TEO. ( The public is more than welcome to glean from this post as well.)
You will end up saving time and money if you don’t have to start all over. That can happen when you choose to go cheap and free with the DIY…
…and I don’t blame you. Most of us have a budget.
I have several old DIY blogs out there in cyber space from years past when I got a novle published.I did not even know any tech lingo. I can’t remember how to find them to delete. Only 3 people ever read them any way. ( That is a hazard of free blogs for a business owner wanting to attract a lot of traffic. It may be perfect for a personal blogger, though.)
**Once you put something out on the internet it is there to stay. The search engines will take a first impression snap shot to put out in front and you may never recover from that snap shot first impression..
My typ-os are testimony of that.
Example: if you just open a blank website with nothing , you should be OK. But, if you are playing around and type out “potty mouth words” just for the heck of and hit publish…YIKES you are stuck with looking like you sell are selling a “sewage swamp” instead of the BEST TACOS EVER!.
When people are surfing the web for TACOS you don;t want to spoil their appettites with a foul tasting first impression now do you? So do it right the first time. Then tweak improvements along the way.
*The vast majority of social sites, blogs and website are monitized with ads so they can try to cover expences of the site or hope to make money as they give away free information to their readers.
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