Most likely, you arrived here because you are either looking for someone to build a website for you or you want to learn how to do one for yourself.
A website needs to present your main information in a style that is easy to navigate. It doesn't need all the latest bells and whistles which can cause websites to load slowly or interfere with a potential customer finding the information they seek. A website does need the main information - your business name, a description of what you offer, a few pictures to illustrate your products or services and information about your location and/or how to contact you.
You may be on the fence about whether or not you need a website. Isn't a presence on social media enough? Actually, no, it isn't. A website can be full page ad, an online brochure, an online business card and an online press release all in one. You can submit links to your website to online directories and search engines to help people find you. You can put a link in your email signature or include it within the email. You can easily link to a website from other websites or blogs, from emails, and even from social media. You can reach more people in more locations any time of the day or night. More eyes on your product or services could translate into more customers and clients.
In the past, I have created websites for churches and non-profits for free. However, some, understandably, were leery of someone offering to do work at no charge. So, in response, I am expanding to offer my services for a fee.
So, how much does it cost? Many web developers charge by the hour (typically $50 an hour and up). This makes it difficult to estimate the final cost. I prefer having a flat rate depending on what services are chosen. My charge for designing and uploading a one page site with the main information to a free web hosting site begins at $150.00. Adding more pages, composing text, editing images or adding a domain name will add to the cost. However once the website is finished, the same files can be used for a number of years. For more detailed descriptions of what I offer, please go to the "Web Services" page.
If you have lots of time on your hands, you might prefer to create your own website. In reality, there are probably as many ways to create a website as there are people who create websites. There are some methods shared on these pages that I've used to create a variety of types of sites. But, these are not the only methods that can be used - just methods that seemed easy and useful to me. If you plan to build your own website, it's best to explore different methods and choose the method that best fits your skills, your time schedule and your purpose.
This site started as a collection of help files that were shared in "The Studio" group on the now defunct website, Eons. Later, the site expanded to include "how to's" on creating graphics, using free online tools and all sorts of things. There are special sections for using social network sites and also a special section just for teachers. I've reopened "The Studio" group at some different sites and will be updating the various help files to use in the groups. If you want to join in on discussions, please go to the "Social Networks" page to see where "The Studio" groups are now located.
Whether you are considering me to build your website or wanting information so you can build your own, please make yourself at home. Browse through the sections of the site by clicking on a topic in the top menu or the menu in the sidebar. Check out the Web Services page or contact me if you would like to know more about the services I offer.
Hope you enjoy the time you spend here.
Just for Fun
If you are in the mood to just play with graphics or text, you might want to check out some links on the Fun Sites Hotlist