Why do I need a Web Site and How do I get one?
do I need a Web Site?
the worst reason for doing anything is "because everyone
if you're marketing a product or service and you are NOT advertising
where your competition is, you'll find yourself left behind very
the past, when your customers were looking for a product
or service, their easiest option would be to pull out the Yellow
Pages to search for a store or company in their area that provided
the product or service they were in need of. Sometimes this supplied
a name and phone number. Sometimes, an address. On more rare occasions,
a picture advertisement with a list of services or products.
the Internet today, that same customer can go to a search engine
or index and be presented with a list of businesses that fit their
needs, with links to their web pages. Those web pages are loaded
with product pictures and price lists, maps and phone numbers,
and even online Shopping Cart system which allows the customer
to order products and services--all without ever having to leave
the house or office.
you have a "service" oriented practice such as accounting,
law, or medicine that's already doing well and you're wondering
why you should burden yourself with the added expense of a Web
site. Simply put, not having a web site will soon be like not
having a listing in your local Yellow Pages. In the Web world,
this is referred to as a "corporate presence." Even
if your best business comes by word-of-mouth, your potential customers
may want to check you out. A well-designed, professional web site
can give you added visibility and credibility. Especially if you
provide a public service and your gold is to get information to
a large number of people almost instantaneously. Additionally,
the cost of maintaining a Web site is probably the most cost effective
advertising you'll ever do.
Internet is one of the first places a person who has
access to a computer will go to get information. As one source
put it, "the Internet 'IS' information." Whether it's
information on Hepatitis C or a specific product or service,
the World Wide Web is *the* place your customers look to for
I need a web site
what do I do now?
you need to decide what information you would like to offer
on your site. This can be as brief as one page describing who
you are, where your are, what you do, and how to contact you,
or it can be as comprehensive as you wish. You can include as
many pages as you like describing your products and services
or offering information you feel is relative to the needs of
your customers and the general public.
need someone to design your web site for you. That's us! We
take your information and pictures, brochures, or other graphics
and combine them to make attractive, readable, professional
pages. Well work closely with you to make sure you get
what you need and want.
you need to have someplace to store your pages so they can be
accessed by all Internet users. This is called a Web "Server."
There are two ways of getting a "server"
up a computer in-house dedicated to Internet service.
This option requires
24 hour maintenance availablity, a programmer and high speed communication
lines. It is generally fairly expensive.
a virtual server from an existing Internet Service Provider.
By far the most common and least expensive way to get your
web page out there is to rent space on another server. This
is called a "virtual server".
next step is to publish your Web site to the server you have
chosen. We offer Web hosting services through VenerNet (FastURL.com). They offer fast, reliable Internet
connections with servers dedicated strictly to Web hosting, as well as excellent service,all at a reasonable price.
Once you sign up with VenerNet you become a customer of VenerNet
will handle your billing and technical service. Or you may choose the web hosting service of your choice. In general, we would not recommend "free" web hosting services as they often don't offer the same reliability and service as paid hosting.
your web site is up and running, there will still be maintenance
issues. You may want to
add or update pages and add new features. If you have someone in
your company who is able to do this for you, you're all set.
If not, you'll need someone to take care of these things for
you. For a small monthly fee, we will
take care of your site and see that it is kept up to date
and that all elements are working together properly.