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Ok… I know its been a while since any post have been done here (And I will so get on The innkeepers butts about it) but here we go…. I’m not usually one to pat myself on the back or toot my own horn (Toot – Toot) but our little website has just reached the top 11% of all websites… !!!!!! This is based from the alexa report (Internet nelson ratings) So… What does this mean???? Absolutely nothing really but even still it feels great to pull it off!! Check it out yourself by clicking the Mac Daddy badge below!!!!!
Before we begin I would like to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Kevin McKean. My brother Ed McKean and his wife Tammy McKean are the InnKeepers of the Patchwork Quilt Country Inn. I am also the website designer and Blogalong contributer of http://patchworkquiltinn.com.
At Patchwork we often get many compliments regarding the website and more often than not questions about who made it and how was it made. Through the Blogalong site I will go over not only where to start but how to build, advertise, get good google rankings and things we have tried. All of our successes, secrets and failures.
So where do you start? The very first thing you do before entertaining any thoughts of hiring someone to build it for you is get a good web hosting company. A web hosting company stores all your data for your website. Unfortunately most website design companies will try to get you to hire them to host your site and most of the time at over inflated rates so they can recover the money they lost while making your site for really low rates. There are many web hosting companies out there like GoDaddy or Ipower but for me the best is Startlogic. I like Startlogic because they have good prices great tech support and a ton of useful tools to not only help build your site but to promote it and make it sucessful. If you choose Startlogic make sure you get the prologic plan as it is perfect for all sites.
After you have decided on a site name and have purchased a hosting plan your next big step is to find your wysiwyg. (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) a wysiwyg is a web design program that uses drag and drop properties to create your website. For any of you not feeling technical have no fear. After a few short hours of tinkering around you will be able to create vibrant content derived sites with ease. Most wysiwyg’s come jam packed with tons of features that can add flash movies, sound or even slideshows. We’ll go over all of these in later post. There are many different wysiwyg’s out there but if your a mac user your in luck. Freeway is one of the best out there and its only available on mac. If your a pc user than you should take a look at Namo. Which ever one you choose make sure you try it first as these usually cast between $100.00 – $300.00.
Well there is your starting point. In future post we will cover:
Site Plan, Master Pages, CSS Style Sheets, Meta Tags, The Dublin Core, Geo-locator service, Html safe colors, Graphic-vs-Html text, Hard coding, Uploading and much much more.
If you have any questions, suggestions or if you know some tips or tricks please join or Blogalong and become another stitch in the quilt.