Happy New Year To All.
As many of you may know I earn my living from the Internet and because of a new project I am working on Fairs and Fun Days Out I realized how daunting it is for those not fully conversant with HTML, Hosting, FTP ETC. ETC. and all that Jazz to think about creating thier own website.
The reason I discovered this was talking to some of the 8 out of 10 organizers of events who did not create a website to go with their event because they were worried about the technology and cost. Being honest It can range from many hundreds to many thousands of dollars to get a company to do it and the gobble de cook scares the pants of doing it themselves.
So I spent a few hours looking around at options that do not cost a fortune and make it easier to create a website, the best option I came up with was Google Sites.
Here is a sample site I created in couple of hours Example Basic Web Site Using Google Sites
PS If any of you would like an invite to play with that site and try editing let me know , You can't do much damage and if it will help you be more comfortable your welcome.
There are a number of advantages to this
1. Organizing your pages and information is simple ( sort of once you get the hang of it ) I would advise thinking about what and how you want your site to be organised first even if it is just on paper.
3. You can invite friends to help work on the website
4. Adding information to a page is similar to using a word processor
5. You can buy a proper domain for $10.00 a year and redirect your Google site to the domain and that is all it will cost you except time learning.
6. You can create a page about something and update and increase the information on the page over time, so you might create a page all about horses teeth , what to look for, photographs of good or bad teeth but the great thing is you can work on it over time and add something couple of years later.
7. You can place your own advertising on your website
IS IT AS GOOD AS Paying someone to host, create and manage a website for you NO but it can be a good way to get started.
The one thing I have noticed over the last few years posting occasionally on Callies Blog is how much Horse knowledge and information many of our readers have.
Blogs are good to post fun stuff and updates but not great to create an information website and because it seems scary and expensive, I have noticed few Horse Bloggers bother to create websites to share their knowledge.
A few basic points about Blogs in General
1. Blogs are not very Search Engine Friendly
2. Blogs are not easy to organize for visitors to find Information
3. It is hard to move a blog to a real web address E.G. www.horsesinformation.com because if you use anything other than basic blog template it does not work.
Sorry I did not create a Horse related site as an example but it is the same principle as the site I created except named and organised round horses.
The other beauty of this is it costs nothing to have a go and if it works for you could open up a whole new world of opportunities