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Webstites up and Online

April 15, 2013

It takes quite a lot of work to not only create, but to host and manage websites. Currently http://www.upstatedesignstudio.com has not only our main company page up and running but we also have http://www.jlkeng.com and http://www.counselingenrichment.com online for everyone to see. We are hosting http://www.jlkeng.comon our servers, but http://www.counselingenrichment.com is running on another hosting server (once the contract runs out http://www.counselingenrichment.com will be running on our servers. Though it doesn’t look like much, there is still a lot of time that was spent getting these websites online and keeping them up to date.
Website creation takes time, hard work, and very close attention to detail, hosting and managing those sites is no different. Many people think that once the code is in place the website is done, it’s all set and ready to see on the net. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only do you need to find a reliable hosting service (A service that we provide I may add) but once you do you need to register domains, define DNS servers, and then upload the files and structure them in a coherent manner to make your life easier when you make changes in the future. Even then you aren’t done. Once you have completed all these steps you have to test your site while it’s on the servers. There are certain things that you can’t test on your local machine when you write your code. Things like a .PHP language contact form (an example can be seen here http://www.upstatedesignstudio.com/Email_Contact.html) cannot be tested locally and they need a test server to run off, but even a test server may react differently to your code than the server you use to host your site on the web. This is why I recommend, to not only my customers but my friends and family as well, that if you need a website hosted don’t do it yourself. Let a professional (Like us) take care of that for you. File management in and of itself can be a daunting task for someone new to web hosting.
Once you have done all of the steps listed above, you still aren’t finished. You may have your domain set up, your files in place, and everything tested and working, but unless someone goes directly to your URL then you won’t be found. The next step is creating a sitemap, getting into Google/Bing/Yahoo and then allowing those search engines to run through your site and find keywords and content. This is a small piece to a bigger puzzle called SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which will be discussed in a later post. What I will say is that your website needs two things for this step, a sitemap (an XML file) and a robots.txt file (Just a text file done in notepad). Simple names, but these two objects have amazing power for your website.

If you have any questions, comments, or have something you want us to talk about, Let us know. Some of the best comments and Questions will be posted on the News page at http://www.upstatedesignstudio.com and answered!

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2 Comments
  1. Reblogged this on Thoughts of a Budding Businessman and commented:
    A business worth reading about

  2. Jesse Phillips permalink

    Take it from a guy who has worked in IT for a long time. This guy is really good at SEO.

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