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3. Building a Website
This week has been a
tough one. On my
day job, I am the
chief operating officer of a technology company that makes a high tech
container for shipping temperature sensitive products.
We manufactured and shipped the first five units of
a new model container
on Thursday, and it was an intense week getting all the bugs worked out
manufacturing process. We
great crew at our plant and it all worked out well.
These units will be used to ship vaccine for
programs around the
Another highlight of the
week was a shipment of two units of a larger model of our containers to
These will be used in August to transport material
Last week when I was
researching RSS for Boomer
eZine V1 I13, I checked many RSS readers and finally settled
on a very
clean, simple one that I am now using.
the process, I learned about a really neat thing and that is Yahoo
Let’s go the Wikipedia
for a definition:
Yahoo! Widgets is a free
engine for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, previously called Konfabulator,
but subsequently bought by computer services company Yahoo!. The
runs small applications referred to as Widgets, and hence is part of a
with an XML document structure that can be used to author custom
uppercase "W" in Widget; this is the proper use of
capitalization when referring to the actual applets that Yahoo! Widget
runs. The aforementioned use of capitalization is unique to this
To use Widgets, you go to
the Widget engine. This
the platform on your PC to run any of the many Widgets that are
Yahoo says that there are thousands of Widgets.
I am using three now.
local weather on my desktop, MultiNewsReader to read my RSS feeds, and
clock on my desktop.
Some of these are helpful
and some are just fun. Check
and see if there is a Widget for you.
This is a tough subject
to tackle since there are so many reasons for setting up a site and so
options for building one. I
attempt to guess your reasons for wanting to build a website, but let’s
explore the options for building one.
If you want to have
presence on the Net and you want to build it quickly and cheaply, use www.blogger.com
and set up a blog.
give you a unique URL that is yours to use.
It does not cost anything and you can set it up in
just a few minutes.
It does not have the status that a domain name with
dot com after it, but
you need to evaluate your needs. This
might be a way to feel your way into business on the Net.
As an example, we post the Boomer eZine in a blog on
Blogger at our own
If you want your own
website, you will need to get your domain name in the form of domain
The last letters will be .com, .org, .net. .biz, etc.
You can get a domain name from a multitude of
registrars as cheaply as
$1.95 per year, but there is usually a “hook” with that low a price.
The norm is about $6.95 for a year.
to Google and search for “domain name” and stand back for the flood of
advertising that will overwhelm you.
You can find many website
hosts on the Net that will host your website for next to nothing each
As an example, we use one host that will host
unlimited domains for $2.95
per month. We are
“parking” the domain names there until we have time to build them out.
Go to www.boomer-success.com
and see the web page that lists them.
we decide to build them, we move the hosting to a larger, more capable
If you just need a few
pages on your site and you are not concerned about getting search
to your site, you can find numerous sites that will host your domain
for a few
dollars per month.
However, if you are
building a site that you want to create income for you in the future, I
recommend that you consider using Site Build It (SBI).
eZine V1 I6 I wrote about starting our SBI site.
That was June 6.
follow up articles in several issues following that date.
Here it is almost two months later and there are 18
pages built in www.retirement-jobs-online.com.
have three number one
positions for keywords on the MSN search engine.
We are getting hits from Yahoo and Google, but our
page ranking is not as
high with them as the MSN engine yet.
will take more time. All
feedback on how our keywords are doing and our position with the
(I will abbreviate search engine as SE in the remainder of this
article) is on
reports that we get as a part of the SBI management tools.
My Personal Experiences
with Web Sites
Let me give you a little
of my own experience with building websites so you will better
appreciation of SBI.
I built my first website
in 2000. I
registered the domain www.jhowe.com
and used Microsoft Front Page to build a very basic website to give me
presence on the Internet and to give me a dot com name to use for my
Since the, I have built
several other websites using Front Page for the HTML editor.
I will be the first to admit that I do not program
in HTML, but use Front
Page which is called a WYSIWYG editor.
stands for “what you see is what you get”.
With this type of editor, you develop the page that
you want to see and
the editor converts it into the HTML to make it appear as you have
I built these sites and
used the premise “build it and they will come” and guess what, they
In a bricks and mortar
business, the physical location of the business is the all important
success. On the
is also important, but the “location” is your page’s ranking with the
SE’s such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
line, you find a location where the customers go by your store and see
stop in. On the
Net, your customer
finds you when he/she is searching for information.
The SE’s are how the searching is done, and if you
are in the top 10
sites presented by the SE, you may have the customer come to your site.
If you are not on the first page of the search
results, you are
Site Build It has so many
services bundled with it, that it I cannot list them all for you in
but the most important in my judgment is its handling of the SE’s for
It helps you build each
page and analyzes it for content organization so that the page will be
presented to the SE spider (SE program that checks your page for
content to rank
it in the SE). SBI
then handles the
submission of the page to Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
It keeps track of when the spider visited your page,
what the ranking is,
etc. It provides
you with a traffic
report that tells you the number of visitors you had and evaluates the
for each page. It
tells you on which
page a visitor entered your site and the exit page from which the
These are the statistics that you need to improve
your site and make
decisions about how to improve it.
Sir Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power.” In the case of working on the Net, that is true. SBI give you the support and knowledge to evaluate your site and improve it based on the information that it provides.
I hope you can see from
my excitement over the capability of SBI that I plan to build all of
commercial sites using SBI. It
automatically handles so many of the small details for me that I would
have to remember to do for myself if I were building the site in the
On the surface, SBI
appears to be relatively expensive, but do not let the initial
you. You need to
really study what
you get with SBI that are extra costs or are not supplied by the
web hosts. Linda
and I are both of
Scots heritage and that naturally makes us frugal.
We would not be planning to use SBI for our future
web sites if we did
not think that we were getting full value for our money.
I strongly suggest that if you are planning to build a major commercial website for your business that you research SBI in depth. For more information about SBI, go to http://buildit.sitesell.com/boomer.html.
That wraps up our issue
for this week. Until
next week, stay
John and Linda Howe
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