“Keep It Simple”
Rev. Zorn works with individuals and small non-profit organizations that need assistance creating and maintaining a blog or website; offering basic web instruction with focus on safety and security; providing affordable web services.
Do you need a Blog or a Website? There are pros and cons for each decision. What is your level of expertise? Are you going to create/manage the blog/site yourself, or will you use a web consultant to assist you? Gather your resources and find a solution that meets your needs:
Do I need a blog?
Blogs are becoming more popular as individuals and organizations build and maintain a spot on the super cloud highway.
Many people choose to have a free blog and use it as website. You don’t need a domain name or have to pay monthly web hosting fees.
For a beginner, a blog is easier to maintain than a traditional website.
Here are a few tips:
- Go online and search for “free blogging platforms.” Here are two that I have used:
- Word Press- Visit https://wordpress.com/
- You can take advantage of a free blog via Blogger. All you need is a Google account to get started. Visit https://www.blogger.com
Do I need a website? What’s involved?
- Before you do anything, you will need a domain name. Do you have a web address name in mind, ex: abcdef.com? Many web host providers include this as part of their package; offering a free domain name if you sign up for their services.
- Visit this link to search for the domain name you want for your website: https://www.godaddy.com/domains/domain-name-search.aspx
- Once you have secured your website domain address, you will be required to renew your domain name yearly. There are options to renew for one than one year. Be sure to save all of this information and keep track of the renewal date on your calendar.
- If you are not technically savvy, it is easy to get taken advantage of. There are individuals posing as organizations that will send you a renewal notice for several dollars more than what your renewal rate actually is or will tell you your domain is up for renewal and it is not. This happened to a client. Instead of spending $12.99 for the renewal of their domain, they paid $60.00 for a scam notice, believing it was time to renew their domain and it was not. In the end, they did not get their money back and had to pay the actual renewal fee.
- Your next research step is to find a web host. The rule of thumb here is to find a hosting service in your area. For example, if you live on the eastern side of the US, you will want a web host in this same area or one who has additional services in this area.
- Web hosting fees can be paid monthly, semi-annually or annually. You get a better rate if you pay once a year. The economical choice is a shared hosting plan. Most large or well-known web hosts will offer an introductory rate and then the rate will increase the following year. Do your homework in this area and find out what other customers are saying about the web host you are considering. There are plenty of smaller web host companies that will give you a good deal without all the bells and whistles if you are just starting out. Search for “web host” providers online; read all reviews and be informed.
- What software will work for me or my organization? Here is a great article comparing the more popular web building platforms. http://www.wpbeginner.com/opinion/wordpress-vs-joomla-vs-drupal-which-one-is-better/
- What is the difference between wordpress.org vs. wordpress.com? This is a great article http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/
- Another option is drag and drop website building software. Check out the reviews http://website-creation-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ or http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/best-drag-and-drop-page-builders-for-wordpress/
Remember, “Keep It Simple.” If you have any other questions or feel you are ready to move forward, contact Rev. Patty