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Website 101: 3 Steps to Creating Your First Website

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Course 188

This lecture was originally presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2013 in New Orleans.

There are 3 basic steps to creating your first website: selecting and purchasing a URL, choosing a hosting or self-hosted program and then implementing a CMS (content management system, i.e. blogging software).

Choosing an URL is easy and should consist of 3 keywords which typify the goods or services for which you'd like to rank.

Self-hosted sites, such as those offered by GoDaddy.com or Bluehost.com, are inexpensive and offer the most flexibility in terms of both function and SEO.

CMS, or blogging "software," is the best for creating a modern website. Our favorite is Wordpress.org, providing turn-key design and the best SEO.

<a>Randall V. Wong, M.D.</a>
<a>Medical Marketing Enterprises, LLC</a>

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Website 101: 3 Steps to Creating Your First Website

  1. 1. Web Site 101: 3 Steps to Creating Your First Website Randall V. Wong, M.D. Medical Marketing Enterprises, LLC AAO: 2013 Course 188
  2. 2. Randall V. Wong, M.D. Financial Disclosure  Co-Founder  Medical Marketing Enterprises, LLC (O)  www.MedicalMarketingEnterprises.com
  3. 3. Goals After this course, you should be able to;  Choose a domain name  Choose a hosting service (GoDaddy, Bluehost)  Choose a CMS (software)  Prepare to launch your site!
  4. 4. 3 Steps to Starting a Web Site  Domain (www.mymedicalpractice.com)    SEO The suffix Hosting   Self-hosted Hosted  Website development  .com vs. .org vs. html
  5. 5. The Domain: Maximize the SEO  Choosing a Domain  Best to maximize the SEO of the domain, but not absolute  Use a combination of popular keywords used in search “www.BethesdaRacketStringing.com” Vs. “www.WongWongandWong.com”
  6. 6. What’s in a Name?  Choose 3 keywords which describe your services  Combine them  Maximizes the SEO of choosing a domain
  7. 7. RetinaEyeDoctor.com  Retina + Eye + Doctor  www.RetinaEyeDoctor.com  Ranks Globally  Has both SEO of the URL and the site is optimized
  8. 8. Keyword Search  Use Keyword Search tools to determine if a particular word is commonly used  E.g. “Eye Doctor” is searched more often than “Ophthalmologist”  “Keyword Tool”
  9. 9. Google Keyword Tool
  10. 10. Buy the Domain  Usually purchased for $10-$15  Cost per year  Best to buy for 5 years, signifies you are “trusted”  Spammers and Black Hat sites will buy for much shorter duration.
  11. 11. Bluehost.com Bluehost.com
  12. 12. GoDaddy.com GoDaddy.com
  13. 13. Domain Ownership  You may or may not want to pay for anonymity  We recommend using a company credit card and listing yourself as the owner and at your office address
  14. 14. Domain Suffix: Does it Matter?  .com  .net  .org  .edu  In general, the Domain suffix is intended to signify the type of company or organization, but any entity can enter domains with these suffixes.
  15. 15. Country Codes and SEO  Domain suffixes      Country Codes .ca – Canada .cn – China .de – Germany .au - Australia  Not all country codes are available  SEO – host URL in same country
  16. 16. Hosting Your Site  Self-Hosted  Maximum Control  Maximize SEO
  17. 17. Hosting: Where to Store Your Site Hosted (Free) Self-Hosted  Blogger.com  GoDaddy.com  Wordpress.com  Bluehost.com  Godaddy.com  HostGator.com
  18. 18. Hosted: Pros vs. Cons Pros Cons  Free  URL unprofessional  No Server Maintenance  Limited design themes  No Downtime  File Access/Ownership  Free URL  Poor SEO
  19. 19. Self-Hosting Cons Pros  Costs  Costs - $10/mo.  “Maintenance”  Custom Design  Separate URL  Best Function/Flexibility  Best SEO  E-Commerce
  20. 20. Self-Hosted:  Maximum control  Maximum flexibility  Affordable  Best SEO!!!!!
  21. 21. Choosing Hosting Company  Up time  Download time (SEO)  Email?  Customer Service  24/7  Time on Hold
  22. 22. Self Hosting  Bluehost  Go Daddy  Host Gator
  23. 23. Building The Site 1. Purchased URL 2. Chosen Hosting Company 1. Must build site!
  24. 24. 3 Types of Websites  Resource (Static, No SEO)  Marketing (Dynamic, SEO)  Engage/Interactive (Dynamic, SEO, “Blog”)
  25. 25. Web = Blog  Modern website must be on CMS  Design is fully customizable and can look like any website  Can “add” function when you are ready  E.g.: Change a Resource site to Marketing site
  26. 26. Website Design
  27. 27. Web Design is Obsolete  Does not improve your rankings  Expensive to change  Themes/Design for blogs is now very cheap and turn-key  Great Looking Page, but Will Not Rank!
  28. 28. Software/CMS  Blogging Software   Best SEO   Server Based Social Media Traditional website software is obsolete  E.g.FrontPage, Dreamweaver
  29. 29. Wordpress….
  30. 30. Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org .com .org  Free  Costs  Limited Themes  Unlimited flexibility (plugins)  Limited SEO  Customized Themes  URL  Custom URL  No maintenance issues  Maintenance  No customer service issues  Best SEO!!!
  31. 31. Web Design  Obsolete from SEO perspective  Turn-key Themes  3rd Party Themes  Studiopress  Genesis  Thesis
  32. 32. Conclusions  Owning your own website is cheap, not economical, but cheap  $10/month (Best ROI)  Best and Only Marketing Strategy (Billboards)  Your First Step to Social Media!
  33. 33. Take Home: Starting a Web Site  URL  Hosting  Blog Software  Blog = Website  Design is Obsolete  Maximize SEO value in your decision making process!
  34. 34. Thank You and To Your Success! Randall V. Wong, M.D. Amy Wong, Esq. Medical Marketing Enterprises, LLC 7726 Bradley Blvd. Bethesda MD 20817 240.230.7353 RWong@MedicalMarketingEnterprises.com Amy@MedicalMarketingEnterprises.com
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