Website Development: Do A Little Homework Before You Start-Up

Investing into IT services makes sure that you will get great returns with the deal. It simplifies your business processes and lets you concentrate on your business strategies in a better way. However, before starting up with the task of getting a website developed for your company, you must prepare yourself with all the processes that might take place during the course of development. This way, you will never have to lose money or get conscious about the quality of services. You might consider this as normal routine that will happen, but most of the organizations miss on this part and end up getting results which were not required.

So, how do you go with the process? First of all, make a rough plan about your website and assign the budget for it. You will get plenty of information regarding this on internet. Make sure that everything planned by you is coming under the assigned budget and fulfills the requirements as well. Document all the reasons, which are compelling you to get a website developed. Every business enterprise has different aim and targets to achieve in the market. This makes the process of development different for every project. Some of the commonly achieved targets are like showcasing your services, wide reach, access of information, etc. The list is endless.

After accomplishing the first stage of your homework, get down to the task of designing your website. You don’t have to code and design the whole website, but just provide your developers with a rough design that will enable them to know your idea about the website. A good company will always consult with their clients at every step, so that they can produce better outcomes with the services that are being provided to them. While designing a website, keep a track of all the features that you would like your service provider to integrate and the linking between them.

When you get done with this task, analyze the type of audience that you are going to target with this website and the ways in which you will attract them towards your site. There are many website development India companies, which provide internet marketing along with the development work. They can often provide you great discounts on services and would be the best option, if considering optimization of your site for generating leads. All the content and graphics on your site must match the theme and taste of your audience, so that they find it informative enough to avail your services.

Another important aspect which you must take into consideration is the interactivity and user-experience of your site. The site should be interactive, so that visitors come and stay on your site for a long time. The linking must be smooth and clear for enhancing the navigation within the website. A website should always have a sitemap because it helps the user by providing all the locations at one place. You can search for best IT companies on internet with terms like web development, India and then hire one of them based on your budget and requirements.

Let’s Hear It For Web 0.1!

It’s November 2006. So far the Web 2.0 bubble hasn’t burst. Here’s my attempt to put a pin-prick in it.

Don’t know what Web 2.0 is? It’s the notion that the next phase of web development is based on user-generated content. _You_ don’t have to write it, your visitors will.

– You get a CMS (a Content Management System, like PHPNuke).

– Users write reviews, blogs, forum posts (Webmasterworld.com).

– Search engines index this stuff (Google.com).

– Users tell their pals about it (MySpace.Com).

– You spend a few thousand bucks, or a few million, depending on how good your chief coder is.

– The thing sells itself (Digg.Com).

– You add contextual ads (Google Adsense).

– Fire off a couple of emails a day, and bank your cheques.

For the small-to-medium webmaster, this can be the route to disaster. Here’s my experience.

See, I was in favour of user contribution. Gives people something to _do_ on a site. If it’s any good, they’ll tell their pals. More traffic.

So I have chat rooms, a forum, a MySpace clone, a dating service, contact forms, ebooks, free software, the whole shebang. All humming away, all bringing in links, all keeping my visitors amused and informed.

Only problem is, the set-up time. The maintenance. The customisation. The search engine optimisation. The hacking attempts. The anti-hacking. The bug fixes. The security updates. The swearing filters. The troll kicking. The screeching. The spamming.

More bandwidth, more databases, more time, more money, more worry.

YouTube.com is a good example. Their business model is using pirated content. They have to police users. Bandwidth costs must be huge. Where’s the money going to come from: ads in pirated videos? Gimme a break.

For any web business, the basic questions are:

– What makes the money?

– What helps make the money?

– Where is the net profit coming from?

Could your site be better served by static HTML pages which you update once every six months? If your site is purely informational, it’s worth considering.

My epiphany came when first some Bahraini hackers clobbered a site of mine. I fixed it. Then some Turkish ones had a go. So I changed to a different CMS. So far, so good, until I realised I would have to constantly update this thing.

It then dawned on me that using a text-to-HTML converter (Text2html) and an index generator (dirhtml) meant simple text files could be turned into a basic site quickly.

You write it, format it, tart it up in Dreamweaver, index it, FTP it and voila!; a mini site without the upgrade headaches.

A CMS has some handy features, but pure HTML lets you sleep easier. Easier to move when the poop hits the air-conditioning, too.

Put it this way: which would you rather own when the Nazis are closing in? Damien Hirst’s ‘Shark In A Tank’ or the Mona Lisa?

I’m starting to think before I put stuff up now. Would simple HTML do just as well? Suppose I have to move web hosts? Will I be able to find one that’ll give me ten MySQL databases at the same price as my current host? And all the other features I need? (Answer: No, I’ve looked).

The first rule of computing is KISS; Keep It Simple, Stupid. With all the brouhaha about Web 2.0, I say, let’s hear it for Web 0.1!

XSITEPRO2 – The World’s Best Web Design Tool

If you already have an online business, or you dream of starting an online business, then XSitePro2 is the tool you must have. Instead of struggling to create fantastic websites with tools like Dreamweaver, I found out how easy it is to create fantastic looking sites using the power of XSitePro2.

OK, so there is nothing XSitePro2 can do that Dreamweaver can’t do, but I have found XSitePro2 does
it so much better, faster and more efficiently. As far as I’m concerned XSitePro2 is so much better that it is leaving Dreamweaver out in the cold.

XSitePro2 has been designed to meet the exact demands of its users – beginner and pro. Beginners will find XSitePro2 far easier to master than DreamWeaver and I find their tutorials second to none when starting out.

For all you Pro web developers/users, the list of features included in XSitePro2 are just fantastic and enable you to create great web sites quicker and easier than ever before.
The features I have found most useful are…

The hundreds of great looking templates
Great Graphical Menus/Layout Options
Audio/Video Wizards
Site Search Functionality
1500 pages of How-To topics

When you create websites with XSitePro2, they are search-engine friendly, human-friendly and designed to help you make money with Internet Marketing. When it comes to Internet Marketing, XSitePro2 beats Dreamweaver hands down.

Using XSitePro2 has helped me build my affiliate sites so much faster. I have cut my website development time in half, probably even more. What I do like is your websites are optimized, and ready for both search engine and human visitors.

Apart from the website builder feature, XSitePro2 is packed with tools that help you integrate money making programs into your website.

If you sell products on the Internet like ebooks or software, you can easily create PayPal buttons to collect payment on your website. Just follow one of the Wizards and you will be selling in minutes.

When it comes to building affiliate sites, direct response sales letter websites, corporate websites, search-engine-friendly websites, I find XSitePro2 is by far the best software I have used – hands down.

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