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  1. 1. The Internet and Your Small Business: <br />Website Development and Use<br />Mike Eldredge<br />www.tekorange.com<br />
  2. 2. About Mike Eldredge<br /><ul><li>Internet expert
  3. 3. Background in Web Site Design, Web Site Development, and Internet Infrastructure
  4. 4. Bachelor of Science in MIS from The Ohio State University School of Business– 1993
  5. 5. Experience with Internet, Business, and IT
  6. 6. Involved in Web Site Hosting and Development since 1996.
  7. 7. 21 years of Experienced in the business IT
  8. 8. CompuServe Incorporated
  9. 9. Ashland
  10. 10. Internet Transaction Solutions – Internet Payments
  11. 11. Online Resources – Internet Payments
  12. 12. Founded of tekOrange in 2010.
  13. 13. Merger of two web companies previously founded by Mike Eldredge - iHost Solutions and Planet Small Business</li></ul>tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  14. 14. Introductions<br /><ul><li>Name
  15. 15. Organization
  16. 16. Does your organization have a web site?
  17. 17. If so, how the web site is used</li></ul>tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  18. 18. Web Sites – What is all the fuss about?<br />According to Google and the World Bank, in 2008 over 75.8% of the United States population was actively using the Internet for everything from educational research and social networking to online shopping. 1<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />http://www.google.com/publicdata?ds=wb-wdi&met=it_net_user_p2&idim=country:USA&q=internet+usage+us<br />
  19. 19. Web Sites – What is all the fuss about? - Continued<br />The average American spent 32 hours per month on the Internet in 2010. Persons ages 45-54 set the high bar averaging more than 39 hours online each month. 1<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />http://www.comscoredatamine.com/2011/01/average-time-spent-online-per-u-s-visitor-in-2010/<br />
  20. 20. Web Sites – What is all the fuss about? - Continued<br />“Basic web sites are becoming a core part of the marketing mix for many small businesses” 1<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />http://www.bricklin.com/smallbusiness.htm<br />
  21. 21. What we will accomplish today<br />What makes up a Web Site<br />How to Get Started<br />Types of Web Sites<br />Search Engines<br />Tracking Success<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  22. 22. What makes up a Web Site<br />What is Required?<br />Domain Name<br />Web Hosting<br />Content<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  23. 23. Domain Name Questions<br />What is the most popular domain extension?<br />As of June 2010, there were 87,851,538 .com domains registered (http://www.hostly.com/hosting-info/many-domain-names-1533.html)<br />What is the second most popular extension?<br />.CN with 13 million active domain registrations (http://www.name.com/domains/cn)<br />tekOrange– www.tekorange.com<br />
  24. 24. Domain Names<br />“Address” of your web site<br />280 Different Top Level Domains<br />Most Popular - .com, .cn, .de,.net, .org<br />Outside the US Country Specific (.ca, .co.uk, etc.)<br />Recent - .tv, .me, .co, .biz<br />Newest extension - .xxx<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  25. 25. Web Hosting<br />“Neighborhood” where your web site lives<br />Many different types of hosting – web hosting is the most popular<br />Others include server hosting, application or cloud<br />tekOrange operates and maintains its own hosting facility in Columbus<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  26. 26. Content<br />HTML – The Language of Web Sites<br />Hyper Text Markup Language<br />Web 2.0<br />JavaScript<br />ActiveX<br />Flash<br />Popular Server Side Programming Languages<br />ASP<br />ASP.NET<br />Java Server Pages<br />PERL<br />PHP<br />Images<br />Video<br />XML – eXtensible Markup Language<br />RSS<br />tekOrange<br />
  27. 27. How to Get Started<br />Do It Yourself (DIY)<br />Pros<br />You decide upon content<br />You decide when changes are released<br />Lower Cost<br />Cons<br />You are responsible for making the changes<br />Professional Services<br />Pros<br />Field expertise and Processes<br />Make all changes on your behalf<br />Cons<br />Cost<br />Hybrid – Content Management System (CMS)<br />Pros<br />Custom Design<br />Easy to use interface for making simple changes<br />Cons<br />Cost<br />You are responsible for making the changes<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  28. 28. Types of Web Sites<br />Static Web Sites<br />Dynamic Web Sites<br />Message Boards<br />Blogs <br />Ecommerce <br />Content Management System<br />Non Traditional Web Sites<br />Mobile Sites<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  29. 29. Static Web Sites<br />Consists of images and text to relay information to the web site visitor<br />Content does not change<br />Limited ability to interact with the visitor<br />“Enhanced Yellow Page Listing”<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  30. 30. Dynamic Web Sites<br />Like the static web site, this site combines images and text to relay information to visitor<br />Unlike static sites, dynamic web sites generate pages based upon input from the visitor. <br />Utilize a database to both display information and capture visitor input<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  31. 31. Message Boards<br />A Message Board site provides a platform for your customers to correspond.<br />Answer common questions to reduce customer service costs.<br />Community – Generate a sense of loyalty.<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  32. 32. Message Board Example<br />tekOrange<br />
  33. 33. Blogs<br />A blog is a form of a dynamic web site in which the site author can publish thoughts on a subject on a periodic basis.<br />Platform for demonstrating you or your companies expertise<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  34. 34. Blog Example<br />tekOrange<br />
  35. 35. Ecommerce<br />Form of dynamic web site, Ecommerce sites incorporate the ability to sell product and/or services from the web site itself.<br />Typically include the shopping cart concept and a checkout process for order submission.<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  36. 36. Ecommerce Example<br />tekOrange<br />
  37. 37. Content Managed Web Sites<br />Dynamic Web Site<br />Includes Database<br />User friendly tools for updating web site text<br />Can be Custom developed<br />Can be Open Source<br />tekOrange<br />
  38. 38. Open Source<br />What is it?<br />Software created by a development community for the public available at no cost. Shortens time to develop robust web applications.<br />Examples<br />Joomla<br />WordPress<br />Typo3<br />OSCommerce<br />tekOrange<br />
  39. 39. Joomla Example – Web Site<br />tekOrange<br />
  40. 40. Joomla Example - Administration Tools<br />tekOrange<br />
  41. 41. Non Traditional Web Sites<br />What are some non traditional forms of web sites?<br />tekOrange<br />
  42. 42. Non Traditional Web Sites<br />Types<br />Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube<br />Yellow Page sites - Google Places, Yellow Pages<br />Good for driving additional traffic to web sites (SEO).<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  43. 43. Facebook Example<br />tekOrange<br />
  44. 44. Google Places Example<br />tekOrange<br />
  45. 45. Mobile<br />In between early adoption and mainstream use due to smart phones<br />Content provided by both traditional web sites and Mobile Applications<br />QR Code – Easy way to access mobile sites from phones/mobile tablets<br />Applications are location aware<br />Wide use in promotional campaigns<br />tekOrange<br />
  46. 46. Important Web Site Features<br />?<br />tekOrange<br />
  47. 47. 5 Important Web Site Features<br />Be search engine friendly<br />Communicate your brand!<br />Include answers to frequently asked questions.<br />Have a way for your customers to contact you<br />Integration with Social Media Sites (i.e. Facebook, Youtube, Twitter)<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  48. 48. Be search engine friendly<br />tekOrange<br />
  49. 49. Communicate your brand!<br />tekOrange<br />
  50. 50. Include answers to frequently asked questions.<br />tekOrange<br />
  51. 51. Have a way for your customers to contact you<br />tekOrange<br />
  52. 52. Have a way for your customers to contact you<br />tekOrange<br />
  53. 53. Integration with Social Media Sites<br />tekOrange<br />
  54. 54. Search Engines<br />Index of content available on the web<br />Web site owner’s goal is to be listed as High as Possible<br />Big Three<br />Google, Microsoft, Yahoo<br />Top Search Engines 1<br />Google – 65.4% of Search Traffic <br />Yahoo – 16.1% of Search Traffic <br />Microsoft Sites – 13.6% of Search Traffic <br />Ask – 3.2% of Search Traffic<br />AOL – 1.7% of Search Traffic<br />Americans conducted nearly 17.0 billion total core search queries in February (2011). Google Sites ranked first with 11.0 billion searches, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.9 billion and Microsoft Sites with 2.3 billion. 2<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />Bing Sees Six Months of U.S. Market Share Growth - By Jack Marshall, ClickZ, March15, 2011 - http://www.clickz.com/clickz/stats/2034222/bing-months-market-share-growth<br />http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/3/comScore_Releases_February_2011_U.S._Search_Engine_Rankings<br />
  55. 55. Tracking Success<br />Google Analytics<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  56. 56. Google Analytics - Continued<br />tekOrange<br />
  57. 57. Google Analytics - Continued<br />tekOrange<br />
  58. 58. About tekOrange<br />tekOrange mission is to be a trusted source for individuals and businesses for their online technology needs. <br />We specialize in web hosting, web site design, and mobile Internet for:<br />Startups<br />Small Business<br />Medium Sized Businesses<br />Contact Mike Eldredge via phone (614-602-4282) or email (mike@tekorange.com) for a free analysis of your web site or web site project<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />
  59. 59. Questions?<br />tekOrange – www.tekorange.com<br />