What do I need to provide ?
Starter Site clients should provide:
What information should I place on my Starter Site ?
- Domain name you wish to purchase & term of the registration (years)
- Contact information (will be visible) including mailing address, phone & email.
- Your logo as you would like it displayed. If you have high resolution files or an item with a logo on it.
- Your advertising copy : newspaper, brochures, business card, yellow pages.
(hard copies can be sent via normal 1st class mail)
- Your ideas and what pieces of the advertising you wish to use online.
As a consumer I want to know:
note: web surfers tend to expect instant response from email. If you check
your email once a day or once a week, your visitors should know this so they don't get upset at a "slow" response.
- Who Name & Logo
- What What do you provide for me = products, services
- When Your hours of operation, days open (seasonal notes)
- Where Your physical location
- Why Should I visit your shop ?
- How Do I get there, how do I Contact you ?
The basic information is placed on the entry page (index.html)
If you purchased a second page, that could be used for a bit more detail on products and services you
provide. Major vendor links, anything that defines to the visitor who and what your shop is to them.
The initial 1 or 2 page site could be all you need. Barring an address change, or hours of
operation changes, you could have a web site that cost you the initial price only, with on-going
annual fee of domain name renewal and a year of parking or hosting .
Or you can expand the site. Parked sites are updated by us, hosted sites can be
updated by yourself , a third party or us.
Note: you can submit updates to us for a parked site and we will charge only for the time
it takes us to upload and test the change.
OK, I have a site up, what do I do next ?
Links are important. Contacting your vendors and letting them know you have
a website and email address. ( firstname.lastname@example.org is common and easy for most users ).
I provide a link to your site within the dealer search which is growing faster
than I can generate the maps.
What else should I know ?
A web site can cost you as little or as much as you can stand :-).
The things many sites list that are not static
- Prices or Sales information
- Class Schedules
- Events and Trips
What shouldn't I do ?
I suggest you avoid
- VERY Large graphics
- Embedded music
- Cute rotating flaming potato type graphics
- basically anything that takes a long time to display on a dial-up account that
starts without the user requesting it
- Anything that irritaes YOU when you visit a site (popup ads come to mind)