Friday, September 21, 2007

Websites Made Simple

Designing, building, maintaining, and marketing a website can be a daunting and, at times, a tedious endeavor. Where would someone begin if they wanted a website for their personal life or business?

I remember when I first started my own website using basic html, my pages were very ... well, basic. And then I started using web design software like Dreamweaver and NetObjects Fusion but because I was still clueless about web development, designing, editing, and maintaining my personal website, it was still a lot of work. I just didn't have the time and technical knowledge to make my domain stand out from the crowd.

There are millions of web sites out there but if your audience can't find you, your virtual space is essentially ineffective in conveying your information to the world. The problem with many web sites is that if they aren't attractively designed, take too long to load, or is not easy to navigate, I lose interest as I would imagine the rest of the public viewers. Just like scanning a resume when I worked in the human resources field, I give web sites a few seconds' glance before moving on -- unless the content or design can catch and hold my attention.

To do that, sometimes it takes external intervention. There are many web design companies out there but I have not come across one that is as comprehensive as Web.com. With web tools and do-it-yourself services, web marketing, web hosting, email, and more, it's like a one-stop place for all your website needs. Plus, they have thousands of design templates to choose from. It will be hard to choose just one. And for a few dollars a month to have your own domain name, 30 e-mail addresses, 5GB of storage, web stats, even PayPal "Buy It Now" button, and many more features than I have, I think Web.com is a pretty good gig.

We all know that having a website is a great way to tap into the Internet, whether for self expression (like I do) or to promote your business. If you are thinking about starting your own website or building one for your business, I would check out Web.com to see what they can do for you!

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