[svlug] questions on web site development

Marco Walther marco at sonic.net
Tue Nov 25 11:40:01 PST 2014

On 11/25/2014 10:07 AM, Steve Litt wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:37:19 -0800
> Kevin Rossi <lister90 at bluehatsoft.com> wrote:
>> List,
>> I want to get a website developed (small -- 3-5 static pages and a few
>> frames of dynamic contents and contact information for my business).
>> I have the domain name, but I have no idea how to proceed or
>> subcontract. Here are my list of issues.
>> I got the domain name registered with godaddy, through google. Now,
>> how do I develop a web site? I tried google apps (site builder?) but
>> realized that it is only for the company intranet. May be my
>> understanding is wrong, but how do I proceed?
>> If I want to subcontract, how do I make sure about the credential of
>> the company before I hand over the admin login/password combo? Is
>> that even necessary if I get a tar file of all contents? Is someone
>> in the list has a referral? My budget is a little tight, does anyone
>> know the ballpark?
>> Well, if this mail does not make much sense, that indeed shows how
>> much web technology I know. Please ask questions so that I can do
>> some research and find out what I want and how to get it done...
> I think the first question you should answer is this: What do you want
> your website to do for you? Do you want it as a resource for your
> existing customers only, or do you want it to attact new customers. Do
> you want it to reflect you in a certain light, and if so, what light?
> You also need to ask yourself the wants, needs, and beliefs of your
> customer base. Do they like pretty, or do they like utility, or do they
> like succinct?
> Only after answering these , and many similar questions will you know
> whether you're better off making it yourself in LibreOffice and
> exporting to HTML, or whether to hire an artist and coder and SEO
> expert. Or one of the many, many alternatives between those two
> extremes.
One more question: Do you plan to update the content? How
often? How extensive? If so, you might want a setup that allows you,
a not-very-experienced user, to make updates.

So far, I did not see a business where a `Michelangelo-site' inspired
me to do business, but that's just me.

-- Marco

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