I have been spending some time writing tutorials on setting up websites and website hosting. I am doing this partly to ensure that I have consistent documentation, but I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be good if people found out how to set up things themselves’. I have been in the IT business a long time. So long that I soldered my first computer together!
For four years I set up and ran a department for a multi-million pound IT outsourcing company. I used that time to find the best suppliers, find the best ways to set up website hosting and domain names (and enterprise email filtering/archiving and security certificates and administer/set-up CRM packages…) Things have changed over the years and now I think things are ripe for people to do it themselves. True it is possible to use some services (e.g. 1 & 1, Wix) to set up everything for you. However, you do tend to be stuck with templates that look the same as everyone else, you cannot add all the features you want, or they may be a significant extra expense. If you want flexibility of your own website domain (e.g. cloud-genius.com, widgets.co.uk) you suddenly find them becoming expensive or inflexible. What starts out looking cheap suddenly costs an arm and a leg.
If you use my techniques, you can end up with websites that are truly unique, easy to administer (you supply the text/pictures, the website looks after the formatting), work well on mobiles as well as desktop PCs and perform excellently on Google search. You own the domain name (e.g. cloud-genius.com), you have full access to the hosting (so you can move it elsewhere if necessary). You will find that the costs are low and predictable. You want to add new features? No problem (and no cost)!
As I say, I have already had people asking me about this, but I am interested in what you think.
You can either comment on this post to let me know what you think, or sign up for information about my course – then I will let you know when it is coming.
PS I would love to know what you are thinking. Just hit the comment button right now and let me know.