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  • 1. Choosing the right
    website solution
    Ben Coleman, ICT Advisor
    West Africa Trade Hub
  • 2. Available website solutions
    Custom designed
    PROS
    Saves time
    Greater customization (design, features)
    Professional result
  • 3. Available website solutions
    Custom designed
    CONS
    Costs more
    Harder to change yourself
    Hard to find a reliable web designer
  • 4. Available website solutions
    Self-created
    DIY
    PROS
    • Free or very cheap
    • 5. Easier to make changes
    • 6. Don’t need to find or rely on anyone
  • Available website solutions
    Self-created
    DIY
    CONS
    • Learning curve
    • 7. Limited customization
    • 8. Unprofessional result?
  • How to choose
    Start with your website goal
    What does your website have to do?
  • 9. How to choose
    Think about your target market
    Who is your website for?
  • 10. How to choose
    What’s your budget?
    Consider the future value of a website meeting your website goal
    How much can you afford?
  • 11. How to choose
    What level is your technical ability?
    Do you know how to communicate effectively?
    Can you produce a professional result?
  • 12. How to choose
    How much time do you have?
    Do you have the time and commitment to master a new application and keep working at it?
  • 13. Free website applications
    Try them out!
    sites.google.com
    www.weebly.com
    catalog.openentry.com
  • 14. Web designers
    Locally based
    PROS
    Easier to communicate with
    Easier to pay
    Knowledge of local environment
  • 15. Web designers
    Locally based
    CONS
    Hard to find reliable option
    Limited range of options
  • 16. Web designers
    Online
    PROS
    Greater range of options
    Easier to find
  • 17. Web designers
    Online
    CONS
    Harder to pay
    Harder to communicate with
    Harder to assess
  • 18. Thank you!www.watradehub.com/ict
    Ben Coleman (bcoleman@watradehub.com)
    icthelpdesk@watradehub.com