3 Key Steps to Building & Publishing a Professional Website

So, you want to build your own website & establish a professional web presence?

Well you will be wasting your time if your website does not grab your site visitor’s interest with a few seconds before they click away.

First impressions are key to the success or failure of your website, so having a professional web presence is not negotiable…

Building & establishing a professional web presence based on a soundly designed website is quite a daunting task for the uninitiated.

Just thinking about the HTML, CSS, Graphic Design & all of the other skills that are needed just to publish a reasonably effective website can be overwhelming.

However it is entirely possible to establish an extremely professional website presence without having to spend huge sums of money on web design fees, expensive software packages, programming manuals or web hosting services.

In fact you can build your own effective website with a little effort, common sense & above all good web design advice.

3 Key Steps to Building a Professional Website

  1. Define Your Website’s Goals & Theme The objectives for your website will determine the content and the design of the site, whether it’s just a hobby or promoting a business. Some of the things, inter alia, that you will need to consider are things like keywords & keyword phrases which can impact on the naming of web pages, meta tag descriptions etc.
  2. Plan the Structure of Your Website Ideally you would like to create a template page that you can use as the basis of your website & use for each new page you add to the site This would keep the look & feel of your site consistent for site visitors – changes made to the styling (eg a color or font) would then be made in the CSS file for the change to take affect across the whole of your website so each HTML page deos not have to be changed separately.
  3. Start Building Your Website All you will need to do now is to open the template & rename it for each new page & insert the appropriate text & graphics into it.

Once the above has been completed your web pages (the HTML component) as well as your style sheet (the CSS component) and any other external files can be uploaded to your site’s hosting server so that the website becomes live on the internet.

Whilst the above steps are of vital importance in the successful creation of your website, there are a few more key components as well as detail to the complete website presence.

Time Management Tips – For Networking Professionals

At the chance of sounding strange, there are but 2 solid words to define Time Management – Forget IT.

It appears we are trying to run faster and faster, packing more “activities” into our waking hours (largely our working hours), paying little thought to the value of the activities we are attempting to fit in.

In the working environment, people appear to be considered, managed and promoted on the theory of work volume, instead of the effect of their activities; numerous brownie points can be secured by arriving earlier and working later than anyone else in the office.

Now by advancing Time Management is nonsense, as we really cannot control it, we can, nevertheless command the activities into which we concentrate our attention, energy and efforts, and use it to our benefit.

Now for the person who is much more immersed in results, rather than results by volume, there are 4 areas to be aware of:

1. Goal Setting.
2. Pareto’s 80/20 Rule.
3. To Do List.
4. Elimination.

Goal Setting

By having a positive, well defined objective, we can pay attention and concentrate on the quickest way to its success. Cloudy goals encourage hours shuffling irrelevant paperwork, frustration and stress.

Pareto’s Principles.

This (commonly known as the 80/20 rule) in basic terms advocates that only 20% of our activities (or inputs) account for 80% or our results (or outputs). thus, we waste 80% of our time on worthless nonsense.

In reality, by understanding the 20% of results producing activities, we can concentrate our concentration much more efficiently, work less, and yet improve productivity substantially.

To Do List.

Without doubt this is one of the basic and most effective aids available.

By utilising a WRITTEN to do list, requires us to focus on the relevant and crucial tasks.

Yet, this is a 3 stage process:

a) Brain storm all the aspects requiring attention (just get them down on a piece of paper).
b) Organise in order of significance.
c) Work on the most meaningful task until completion- if distracted, resolve the distraction and move back to the task until it is completed. Then, and only then, carry onto the next item on the list.

Elimination.

As decisive as it is to focus our activities on the 20%, it is just as valuable to distinguish what is needless and eliminate from our life.

In summary, all 4 aspects are inter-related and inter-dependent, with the constant elementary motive being self-discipline.

If we do not, cannot or will not develop self discipline our lives will come close to little more than the abstract accumulation of our whims, and we will one day wake up questioning why we have worked so hard, yet attained so little.

One last word, control e-mail, don’t let it control you!

Continue Professional Education With Distance Learning

The uniqueness of the ability of the internet to provide an inexpensive means of communication has led to the emergence of online degree programs and distance learning that were unheard of twenty years ago. Back in the 80’s, distance learning was done through traditional mail and the difficulties of static communication led to acceptance of “mail-diplomas” as a legitimate degree.

These days, even well known universities and institutions have opened up and offered online degree programs and while most of these institutions do require some class time in order for the student to experience some form of college life, the whole idea of communication has expanded from face to face inter personal communication to video conferences, webcam chats, and electronic mails all of which somehow continue that link between a student and a teacher and add value to the mentoring process as well. This flexibility has led to better communication among students and professors with both having the opportunities to effectively and at times exhaustively explain points of view and opinions.

This form of communication will in the end benefit both parties as the process of logical reasoning, critical thinking and analysis sharpens the mind. It is after all what the undergraduate degree stands for: a conclusive proof of a mastery of a discipline using set methods of thinking, reasoning, research and explanation.

To continue professional education with distance learning is fast being accepted, most especially with those in the fields of technology, science and other disciplines that require updates. Most professional groups are it that of doctors, accountants, lawyers, engineers, and scientists does require that its members be updated on new issues and changes in their respective fields. Often times, such requirements are done through national, regional, and international conferences which can be time consuming and expensive.

The idea of having some of such conferences done online and using distance learning as a tool for disseminating such updates is relevant, cost effective, dynamic and necessary. Because of the specific topics discussed for such groups, it would be very easy to continue professional education with distance learning. The flow of communication would be fluid and specific. People do have the flexibility to read, digest and comment on topics over a period of time unlike those in conferences. Such flexibility could led to a more pronounced and deeper discussion of the topics. Furthermore, the dissemination of new information and updates from such groups to its members are being done in an inexpensive manner. Not only text documents could be electronically mailed but videos and presentations could be place on a website for members to see and react. To continue professional education through the distance learning method isn’t something well into the future, it is something that should be happening now.