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  • Emeritus Professor of Computer ScienceAusglass webmasterahjs@ozemail.com.au Arthur SaleSo you want a website?

  • MUQ 2-3*Holy Spirit Church, Sandy Bay

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  • MUQ 2-3*Key QuestionsWhy?How do I get it made?What else do I need to know?

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  • MUQ 2-3*Why?You can have several reasons. Lets explore some of the most common, in order of increasing complexity and involvement.Be visible on the NetContribute knowledgeOffer a catalogue, or tout for businessSell thingsBe a Net persona

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  • MUQ 2-3*Be visible on the NetThis is a basic level. You dont need much just to establish a web presence. What you are trying to do is just be visible on the Net to search engines so people can find your site and thence basic information about you. Your website is pretty small and pretty static.Example:http://www.rebeccacoote.com/

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  • MUQ 2-3*Contribute knowledgeA step up. You are probably contributing more pages to the Net, but basically your website changes only every so often, say once a month or every few months. Requires more commitment, and an ongoing expenditure of effort and money.Example:http://elaine.ahjs.biz

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  • MUQ 2-3*Offer a catalogueYou put a catalogue of stuff that you want to sell on the web, but any transactions are strictly off the Net. The catalogue had better be up to date (or else false advertising) and you need to make minor changes frequently, perhaps daily. The site must be easy to navigate.Example http://www.tasglassblowers.com.au/jdmg.html

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  • MUQ 2-3*Sell thingsNow you have two complications:Your site must be interactive (in other words it must interact with the user rather than just be pages to view)You must provide a secure shopping cart or purchase service.Example none that I can think of. See ebay.

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  • MUQ 2-3*Be a Net PersonaThe sky is now the limit. You may blog your daily activities, you might run a forum, you might provide a webcam, you live on the Web, and people see you as a person who lives on the Web.Examplehttp://www.warmglass.com/ (Brad Walker)

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  • MUQ 2-3*How do I get it made?Employ an expertUse a friend or family memberDo it yourself

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  • MUQ 2-3*Employ an expertThis is a cost/benefit problem. Static pages imply a once-off cost, and you can use someone with lots of expertise to get a really good look.Higher frequencies of change imply regular costs, and delays depending on the expert.If you are gaining income, you can afford the expense

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  • MUQ 2-3*Use a friendIf you have an expert family friend, the cost/benefit equation shifts in your favour.Delays in page updating become more erratic.The expertise level is usually lower.

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  • MUQ 2-3*Do it yourselfNow start costing your own time into the equation. You are unlikely to be as expert as an expert. However, it can work.If you do, choose a WYSIWYG design program. My wife and I use a simple low cost program called SiteSpinner for $49 http://www.virtualmechanics.com/products/spinner/; professionals often use DreamWeaver.

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  • MUQ 2-3*What else?Search Engines (like Google) use an automated browser that collects pages and stores them in their database.* Robots shown here gave hits or traffic "not viewed" by visitors, so they are not included in other charts. Numbers after + are successful hits on "robots.txt" files.

    Robots/Spiders visitors (Top 10) - Full list - Last visit

    50 different robots*HitsBandwidthLast visitGooglebot57791+179.73 GB17 Jan 2009 - 03:16MSNBot30441+3111.13 GB17 Jan 2009 - 03:10Yahoo Slurp26954+1227.56 GB17 Jan 2009 - 03:15Unknown robot (identified by 'crawl')8152+345397.43 MB17 Jan 2009 - 03:11MSNBot-media3856+832889.90 MB17 Jan 2009 - 02:53Nagios464692.34 MB17 Jan 2009 - 03:16Java (Often spam bot)992+859.67 MB17 Jan 2009 - 03:14Ask844+66608.24 MB17 Jan 2009 - 03:00BaiDuSpider829+1120.70 MB17 Jan 2009 - 03:10TencentTraveler51619.70 MB17 Jan 2009 - 01:00Others1639+458135.96 MB

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  • MUQ 2-3*Search EnginesAnalyse your text to see what words are used most significantly (eg glass and artIndex important words highly (but watch what happens to spammers)Cant index images, but can index associated text such as Alt text

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  • MUQ 2-3*Search Engines 2Google in particular uses its PageRank algorithm. Once every few weeks it analyses all 100B pages to see which point to which.Those that are most pointed to are obviously more important.www.ahjs.biz has a PageRank of 3/10 (moderately good). Ausglass has 4/10, GAS 5/10.

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  • MUQ 2-3*To be more visibleChange your pages frequently. The robots will visit you more often.Encourage other people to link to you, especially important websites (eg Ausglass website or GAS)Make sure you have good words behind your images, and good words on the page.

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  • MUQ 2-3*Domain namesShorter is better (eg ahjs.biz)Easily remembered is better (eg glassart.org or ausglass.org.au)The .com domain is over-full. Choose one of the others such as com.au, biz.You lease the name, perhaps for three years renewable. For example see http://www.000domains.com/.

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  • MUQ 2-3*ISP hostYou need an ISP Host to store your web pages and serve them up to the Internet on demand.You will pay a monthly cost.For example http://www.webangels.com.au/.

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  • MUQ 2-3*The Ausglass siteWhere does it sit? Lets discusshttp://www.ausglass.org.au

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  • MUQ 2-3*Old newslettersA site run by the University of Tasmania.See http://eprints.utas.edu.au/7081/.Or we will explore

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  • MUQ 2-3*Questions

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  • MUQ 2-3*The End

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  • MUQ 2-3* Copyright 2009 Arthur SaleAll rights reservedArthur Sale asserts the right to be recognized as author of this workContact: Arthur.Sale@ozemail.com.au

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