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  1. 1. Agenda • Pubweb retirement • Web host types and services • Assessing your needs • Campus resources for site design • Sample host overview
  2. 2. Pubweb Will Be Retired Many Pubweb users have already closed their accounts Remember: Move Web pages prior to closing account Remaining data will be deleted
  3. 3. Moving Your Web Pages is Easy with FTP Software • Download your files to your workstation via FTP before moving them to another location • FTP applications are free for download at www.it.northwestern.edu/software • Use AbsoluteFTP with PC • Use Fetch with Macintosh
  4. 4. Deleting Your Pubweb Account • Go to the Add or Remove a NetID Service page at https://snap.it.northwestern.edu/it/snaps/newservice.cgi • Select "Please delete my Pubweb account and all of its files"
  5. 5. For Faculty and Graduate Students: If you have an active account containing University-related content, assistance is available to locate new resources for your needs Faculty: Contact Brian Nielsen Academic Technologies b-nielsen@northwestern.edu Grad Students: Contact your department’s IT support staff
  6. 6. Agenda • Pubweb retirement • Web host types and services • Assessing your needs • Campus resources for site design • Sample host overview
  7. 7. Web Hosting: the Real Estate of the Internet • A Web Host makes your information available on the Internet • For personal use, there are three primary types: Free Hosting Shared Hosting Dedicated Hosting
  8. 8. Free Hosting Offers Limited Functionality Host Provides Your Needs • Domain name is often • Site for personal, not with the host provider, commercial use e.g. www.webhost.com/ yourpage • Small Web site with no expectation for growth • Limited customer support • Low expectation for • Banner advertisements at performance or reliability the top of your page
  9. 9. Shared Hosting is the Most Popular Form of Web Hosting Host Provides Your Needs • A dedicated portion of a • Site for personal or light larger server commercial use • Service to a personal • Small to medium sized Web domain name e.g. sites www.yourname.com • Willing to spend $10-30 • Customer support per month for service • E-mail addresses • Uptime guarantee
  10. 10. Dedicated Hosting is Often Used for Web-based Business Host Provides Your Needs • A server dedicated to your • Site usually for commercial site only use • Extensive customer support • Large sized Web sites • Uptime guarantee • Willing to spend $100+ per month for service • Backups • Uninterrupted power • Redundancies
  11. 11. Agenda • Pubweb retirement • Web host types and services • Assessing your needs • Campus resources for site design • Sample host overview
  12. 12. Assess Your Needs to Find the Best Web Host for You Disk space The following Bandwidth need areas can Domain name determine the kind of service E-mail accounts and host you Support need: Other features Design
  13. 13. Disk Space is the Amount of Space Available for Storing Web Data You may need less space than you think, remember: 1 byte = 1 character 1 KB = 1000 bytes 1 MB = 1000 KB 1 GB = 1000 MB
  14. 14. How Much Disk Space? • The average Web site uses 2-3 MB of space • For example, a 10-page site with many graphics uses .7 MB • Most personal sites will not use more than 20 MB • Video, audio and photo files use more space
  15. 15. Estimate How Much Disk Space You Need • Your space need is the sum of the files, images, and attachments you use on your Web site • Once you have compiled and created the content: – In Windows, go to Explore – Select the file of your site content – Right click to Properties – Locate Size
  16. 16. Estimate How Much Bandwidth You Need Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred by Bandwidth Examples: viewers from your host, Site size x Views = Bandwidth measured monthly 3 MB x 100 = 300 MB/mo Most sites without downloads and video/ 10 MB x 100 = 1 GM/mo audio need no more than 2 GB bandwidth
  17. 17. Consider the Importance of Your Site’s Domain Name • Do you need to transfer an • Many hosting services allow existing domain? transfers for a small fee or for free • Do you need a unique • Unique domains look more domain? professional • A domain under the host provider is often free • Are you starting from • Purchase from host or a register scratch and need to accredited by ICANN register a domain? • Purchasing outside your host provider can allow for easier transitions if you stop service
  18. 18. For E-mail, Choose From POP or Forwarding POP E-mail (Post Office Protocol) E-mail Forwarding • E-mail stored on Web Host’s • Redirect e-mail from Web server site traffic to your personal e-mail account • Accessed by your e-mail • For example, the addresses: program, such as Outlook, webmaster@goflyakite.com or Web-based interface events@goflyakite.com forwards to: janedoe@gmail.com
  19. 19. Customer Support Varies in Quality and Availability Consider Your Needs: Try This Test: • How important is site uptime? • Call the provider’s support service – Does your income depend on it? at different times, ask questions, and measure the response • How tech-savvy are you? • E-mail support service and see • Does downtime drive you crazy? how long it takes to get a reply • Will you be able to solve technical • Compare providers and see if your problems on your own? experience matches their claims about support
  20. 20. Most Providers Offer Additional Features • Do you want the site to be • Look for blog tools interactive? • Will purchases be made • Look for shopping cart services on the site? • Do you need to increase • Look for services that help submit traffic to the site? your page to search engines • Look for site traffic reporting tools
  21. 21. How Will You Design Your Site? If You have Little Design Expertise: If You Are Design-Savvy: • Look for hosts that offer internal • Make sure the host supports the site-design tools programs you use – Dreamweaver – Frontpage • Templates and click/drag design – CGI allow you to create simple sites – MySQL quickly – ColdFusion • These tools are often provided • Understand how files are updated, for free with the package you select e.g. FTP, content management, etc.
  22. 22. Agenda • Pubweb retirement • Web host types and services • Assessing your needs • Campus resources for site design • Sample host overview
  23. 23. Design Resources are Available on Campus For Faculty and Staff For Students • 2East Digital Media Services • MediaWorks lab provides: provides: – Dreamweaver – Dreamweaver – Photoshop – Photoshop – Flash – Scanners – Scanners – Workshops • More information at • More information at http://2east.northwestern.edu http://mediaworks.at.northwestern.edu/ home.cfm • Dreamweaver workshops by HR http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/training • Check your individual school for /computer.html additional resources
  24. 24. Agenda • Pubweb retirement • Web host types and services • Assessing your needs • Campus resources for site design • Sample host overview
  25. 25. A Sample of Web Host Offerings Host Features Price per month Angelfire 25 MB space $4.95 www.angelfire.com 5 GB bandwidth AOL Hometown Page with personal profile Free www.hometown.aol.com Blue Host 10 GB space $7.95 www.bluehost.com 250 GB transfer bandwidth GoDaddy 5 GB space $3.59 www.godaddy.com 250 GB transfer bandwidth Homestead Quicksites 25 MB space $9.99 www.homestead.com 5 GB transfer bandwidth iPowerWeb 10 GB space $7.95 www.ipowerweb.com 250 GB transfer MySpace Page with personal profile Free www.myspace.com Yahoo 500 MB space $4.95 geocities.yahoo.com 25 GB transfer bandwidth The services outlined are provided as a limited reference regarding Web hosting alternatives. regarding Northwestern cannot recommend any one service provider.
  26. 26. Questions?
  27. 27. For Questions About Pubweb Retirement: 847-491- HELP (4357) consultant@northwestern.edu www.it.northwestern.edu
  28. 28. Accounts with University content should contact: Faculty: Contact Brian Nielsen Academic Technologies b-nielsen@northwestern.edu Grad Students: Contact your department’s IT support staff
  29. 29. Join Us for the Upcoming Tech Talk Stay Connected Keep Your Computer Safe and Connected all Summer Friday, May 12 Same locations, Noon – 1 p.m.
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