Saturday, March 1, 2008

Free Website Management

Being new to website management myself, I can fully understand how the home business entrepreneur feels when subjected to terms such as HTML, or FTP. However, with the proper resources at hand, these and other terms of the trade need not become a foreign language. The subject of Website creation and management only needs to be understood.

Welcome to the new millennium. In this day and age you can kiss the need for understanding programming goodbye! There are several useful Website management and creation tools available, that require no programming knowledge, yet have the capability to create professional quality and easy to navigate Websites in very little time. I would like to make clear at this point that I do not have any affiliation with the following products or endorse them in any way. However, it would be impossible for me to not mention them in order for you to learn of their existence and what I am writing about in this article. With that said, lets move on.

I would like to start with an overview of a product I have now used and am reasonably familiar with. It's Microsoft Front Page, an award winning Web site creation tool that is easy to use and requires no knowledge of programming. Many other programs are now available such as Dream weaver or the Print Shop. I am less familiar with the functions of these two, but know people who use them effectively. Each product offers a wide variety of functionality.

Taking the Front Page tutorial, in my opinion, is probably the best way for anyone new, to get acquainted with the functions and capabilities of modern Website management and or design. A two-lesson practice feature, which includes a folder of files, allows you to create a useful series of pages for demonstration purposes. An answer wizard is also included, providing answers to questions you may have along the way. You can also check your spelling with the click of a mouse. Cool, eh.

Taking time to understand the functions of these Web tools can pay off big! The easy to understand instructions will have you pointing and clicking in no time, and after you learn the basics, the rest should come naturally. It did for me. And with a little practice and effort, it can become a vital home business tool with no need to hire a Web designer or programmer. Think of the possibilities!

If you own a Website, it can be imported and managed quite easily. You can also create more pages and content in very little time. If you are just starting out, or you do not have a site, FrontPage has a variety templates available or you can design you're own home page from scratch. Different themes and color schemes can also be customized in a unique fashion until you find the one you like. This is a dream come true for the average Website owner with little computer knowledge!

Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, is simply a language using tags to show web browsers how to display such elements like text and graphics. Modern day design tools read and write HTML files with no required knowledge of the HTML language on your part. You can also add HTML code and convert it to text or vice-versa. People who are more experienced in Website management may want to edit their pages using HTML code for special or unique applications.



File Transfer Protocol, or FTP, is just the way it sounds. It's another great tool that uses the Internet to transfer files from one computer to another. Several free or trial versions are available. You should search this too because you may find something I haven't. My favorite is AceFTP. It is simple to use and understand, loaded with features, and best of all free!

The above paragraphs may contain a lot of old news for some people, even myself now. But it would have been of certain benefit to myself when first starting out in the business of online marketing, to of had at least some of this knowledge. The Internet contains a wealth of valuable resources on almost any topic you are interested in, from website management, to design. Use the major search engines to find answers to your questions, or visit sites such as thefreesite.com to get more information.

If this article helps but a few people solve some of their Website related problems, or answers a few related questions, then it was worth the effort of writing. It was never my intention to portray myself as an expert in this field, but to provide a logical alternative to purchasing Website management designers and Site builders, although they do have their place in corporate structure. But with a little research and effort on your part, I think that it's all in the will to succeed.

Helpful Resources: Getting Started With Microsoft FrontPage 2000 Website management 101

1 comment:

Jackopa said...

Glad to hear about these resources. It is pretty tough to learn html and it will take time before you could learn. These speeds up the process altogether.

You might be interested in the Young Entrepreneur Society from the www.YoungEntrepreneurSociety.com. A great documentary about successful entrepreneurs.