Planning

Whether you decide you want a website for personal interest or business use there are a number of steps you must consider when planning your website.

Some Useful Reading:

If you would like to do some background reading which will help you come up with some ideas then please download this PDF by clicking this link “How a website can help your business”.

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Aims of Website

The first step should be deciding on the aims of the website, or in  other words

“Why are you building this website?”

Make Money with Website

A site built to make money from your website will require things like a way for the visitor to pay for the items, a shopping cart if you have a lot of things for them to purchase and security features to protect the purchaser’s information. To give a good impression of your business your site needs to give a professional appearance.

Websites Built to Share Information

A website to share information may not require as many features as a site that sells something. One thing you have to consider is if you are going to allow visitors to add comments or additional resources to your site. This would require additional features from your website hosting.

Websites Built for Family and Friends

Family and friends websites would have a less formal feel. For this type of website you would also have to consider if your family and friends will be permitted to automatically add to the content of your website. Again, this would require additional features from your website hosting.

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Target Audience

“Who is going to be looking at my website?”

What type of website is it? Informational, E-Commerce or for fun. This will change how the website is styled.

This could be age specific, so if it’s for a younger audience brighter colours or more edgy styling would be used, also product specific, a website selling diamonds will be very different in its style compared to one selling skateboards.

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Website Technologies

Website planning needs to consider what website technologies the site will require or incorporate.

This could be simply growing a mailing list with integration to “Mailchimp” or other software.

Do you require now or in the future E-Commerce functionality.

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Hosting

There are only two choices for this Linux Hosting or Windows Hosting. When it comes to Web Hosting, Linux is widely considered to be the best operating system for web servers. Characteristically reliable, stable and efficient, Linux is proven in the most demanding environments of web and mail servers.

If you plan to incorporate work that uses PHP, Perl or MySQL languages, Linux is the solution you should choose. Linux is also ideal for the kind of websites that display information as a brochure, in newsletter format or as data sheets. Linux works well for ‘brochure-ware’ sites that offer interaction via enquiry forms, online purchasing and other eCommerce functions.

When looking for ready-to-use solutions to power your website, applications such as blogs, content management systems or discussion boards, more open source applications can be found for Linux hosting, while software for Windows® hosting is more likely to be based on licensed sources you have to pay for.

Basically choose Linux Hosting as I build all new websites using WordPress which uses PHP and MySQL, along with other stand-alone E-Commerce software.

The main questions that need to be answered are:

How much web traffic are you expecting? – this is the number of visitors to your website and what is if anything downloaded at the same time.

How many databases are needed? – what the website needs to achieve ie connecting to different databases for different information or E-commerce items.

How many E-mail addresses do you need?

What processing power is needed? – the speed of website.

These all can be increased as your website grows.

Peter Thurner budget

Website Budget