I am trying to research how to create a website – I just want to know what hosting site I should use – from what I hear, HostMonster, BlueHost, and JustHost have good reviews, but I’m not sure if they are legitimate reviews or paid reviews by the sites. I heard about HostGator through Y!Answers, and looked at that…I tried their demo “sitebuilder” but it just makes a plain looking site and I wasn’t able to make the site look the way I wanted it to. Anyway the purpose of my site would be for a small business – I’m a piano teacher, so I would want a site with several pages (about me page, about the lessons/rates/policies, a page of references to other sites, etc.) – I also would like to have a page with documents that my students can download and print off (worksheets), also a calendar of events or calendar of my availability, and a page for media (audio and video…probably Youtube videos, and somehow have an audio player). A contact page (where they can fill in a contact form that will be forwarded to my email) would be great.
I don’t think I can do all of this with HostGator, since I want audio/videos, and able to upload/download documents (PDF’s). What hosting site works well for what I want? Also, is the hosting site able to give me a tool to make the website…I’m confused on whether the hosting site is JUST a place for my site to “live on” or if they provide templates and an application for you to make your site (or do you have to download that separately?)?
I hope I asked my question in a clear way – basically what hosting site works well for me, and what are the steps to creating a site? Do I have to learn codes and all that or can I get a decent free program to create a site (and not a plain site – a nice one with links to other pages and audio/video)? Also, I see that some of these hosting sites give you ad credits for google or other sites…how important is that…how does that help me (will it provide ad banners of my website to those sites, or does that mean my webpage will appear first when someone looks up music lessons in my area on google.com?). My domain name will just be my full name – how will people find my site if they search “piano lessons in -blahblah, USA”? Do I write “tags” for my website that will make it appear during those websearchs since no one will know my full name?
THANKS for reading all that!
Good question, well written. A rarity here.
There are thousands of Hosts and I’m sure many are very good, but any Host that’s been around for a while will work for you.
I use GoDAddy and A Plus Net, and they have never failed me. Their prices are competitive.
Your requirements are very simple.
Easy parts: Use a shared Google calendar. You can link to it from your site or share it directly.
Get a YouTube account and upload your videos. Again, link or share.
For downloading docs, just upload them and give a description with a link.
You could probably use a template for your site, and there are thousands of free ones. Just change the text and colors and add a few images and links.
Look through here for examples:
If you’re serious about wanting to learn how, see here:
You’ll find that an HTML editor makes the process easier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTML_editors (I use HTML-Kit)
Feel free to email me if you want more info or help.
Good luck. This can be a fun and rewarding process.
on: 15th October 11