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1. Define Goals
2. Plan and Design
3. Domain & Hosting
4. Build the website
5. Getting Income
6. Upload/FTP & Test
7. Getting Traffic
8. Maintain
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Free and Inexpensive Resources to Help Your Get your Website Up!

Thanks to open -source software, GPL, and the altruistic nature of geeks, often the best software is often free.  And nowhere is that more true than in the area of website tools. From domain name checkers, editing tools, code generators and code checkers, to FTP tools and link checking, you'll find tools here to help you design, build and maintain your website. All but a few of them are completely free, and the few that charge are inexpensive and worth it! We've combed the web to find the best resources available. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced webmaster, we are sure you'll find some useful tools and tips here.

Step by Step Guide to get Your Own Website Up for Less Than $125/Year

Do you want to start a website or web-based business but don't know where to start? Do you have websites that you would like to grow and make profitable without a large investment of time or money?

Here is a step-by-step guide to getting your own website and/or web-business up and running for less than $125/year! Just follow the links below (click on the step number, or the numbered buttons at left.

1. Define Goals

2. Design and Planning the Website

  • Look and feel - how do you want to lay out the pages? Style? Colors? Buttons?
  • Navigation - How will visitors find their way from one page to the next?
  • Organization - How will the pages be grouped? By topic? What are the topics and hierarchy?
  • Files - Will their be any files (documents, pdf's, music, pictures, video, etc. ) to download?

3. Getting the Website's Domain Name and Hosting

4. Building the Website

  • Tools:
    What tools and programs do I need?
  • Standards:
    What are the standards I should follow?
    Which matter and which are trivial?
  • Content:
    What is content, why do I need it?
  • Learn HTML or use an editor?
    Free editors
    WYSIWYG v. HTML editors
  • Dynamic Websites
    What is it?
    How do I do it?
    PHP, ASP, JSP, etc.
  • Database Driven Websites
    Do I need one?
    MySQL, Postgre, SQLServer?

5. Revenue - How to earn money from your website

  • ShoppingCarts
  • Merchant Bank Accounts
  • Credit Card Processors
  • Affiliate Sales and Referrals
  • Advertising: GoogleAds and Others
  • Shipping and Delivery
  • Liability Issues

6. FTP (Uploading your files) and Testing

  • FTP or SSH/Telnet?
    Where to get the programs
    How to use them
  • Testing and debugging
    Common pitfalls to look for
    Checking your links

7. Getting Traffic

  • Getting listed in search engines
  • Getting a better placment in search engines
  • Links from other websites
  • Webrings
  • Newsgroups
  • Paying for help?

8. Monitor and Maintain

  • Checking for broken links
  • Refreshing and updating content

Maintenance and other issues

  1. Moving your workspace to a new computer
  2. Windows "Easy" Transfer problems and work-arounds

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