The Dot Designer can design sites globally or locally

Before You Begin

The Dot Designer creates for all domain types
 


Before deciding, consider these factors:

  • Do you really need a web site or is it just the popular thing to do?

  • Understand there's a difference between having a web site and having a web presence, having a custom built site versus using a pre built template.

  • If you just HAVE TO have a blog, or be a tweeter, keep them current. If you want followers...Be a Leader.
    Stay up-to-date with your posts or tweets!

  • If you're very serious, avoid anything ad-supported.

  • What / Who is your Target Market?

  • Currently less than half of the U.S. population has Hi-Speed internet. Do you really need all the fancy graphics?  If your site loads too slowly, people will go elsewhere - quickly! Know your market!

  • Make your budget and add 20%. Sites are like real-estate, they require maintenance and upkeep.

  • Over the course of the project, your designer will require you to double check facts, proof logos, layouts, photos, etc. All of which should be part of the fun but will take time, so don't look at it as a chore.

Your identity is crucial!!!

It is advisable to have your web address match your company or organization's name.

While most people seem to know about the dot.com suffix, did you know that there are over 500 dot.suffixes?
Which one is right for you?
For instance, if www.JohnDoe.com is taken, and your business targets those using cell phone internet, consider www.JohnDoe.mobi for the mobile users.  If it's an organization consider www.JohnDoe.org.

Suffixes are known as TLD's or Top-Level Domains. They are maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority or IANA. The name before the suffix such as your company name is managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN.

The following partial list is an example of various site suffixes:

  • .aero - the air transport industry
  • .biz - business uses
  • .coop - cooperatives
  • .edu - post secondary educational institutions
  • .info - informational sites
  • .jobs - employment related sites
  • .mobi - sites catering to mobile devices
  • .museum - museums
  • .name - families and individuals
  • .org - organizations
  • .travel - travel agents, hoteliers, tourism bureaus
  • .com - any commercial business (most popular suffix)

It has been proposed that your own company, business or organization's name could be it's own suffix. The web changes ever so quickly.

Complete information regarding the names, numbers & suffixes can be found at: www.IANA.org and www.ICANN.org


Some tips to help make getting started easier:

  • Do you have a Logo? You can design and buy one online or have your designer do it for you. Budget accordingly.

  • If you're putting in photos of people, make sure you have their permission.

  • Surf the web looking for sites similar to what you want in order to give ideas to your designer. This will allow for quicker pricing estimates. Recommend 2-3 sites.

  • There is no such thing as having 'too many' graphics or images. They might not all be used right away or ever, but it never hurts to have a nice selection.

  • As soon as you decide on what.dot you are going to be, reserve that site immediately! Make sure you get the site in YOUR name NOT your designer's. In the event of any dispute, you still own the site. Your designer can and should assist if needed.

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