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26 Things You Should Know Before Starting A Website

26 Things You Should Know Before Starting A Website

Start a Clean, Modern Website

A well-built website:

  1. Loads fast. This means getting a good host and optimizing your site and images
  2. Is easy to find. Read those SEO books. Write those meta descriptions.
  3. Is easy to share. Why not add those Facebook buttons?
  4. Is easy to remember. Keep the names short. If you can’t find a good .com name, use a .org or a .photo or a .nyc. Why limit yourself?
  5. Is clean and fluid. Your site should be easy to navigate on all devices and should have a good layout for doing so. This leads us to:
  6. Is responsive. Your CSS code should be built to scale your site with screen sizes. An easy way to do this is by using Bootstrap (see below)
  7. Is secure. Google even ranks sites that use HTTPS higher now. Your site and customers will benefit from this change. Keep your data safe!

You Can Host Your Website for Free

It’s true, and the solution was right under your nose the whole time! I’m sure most of you have a Google Drive account anyways. Use up that free storage! This is great for rapid prototyping your first custom HTML website. You could couple this with Bootstrap and whip up a fancy design in no time.

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Bootstrap it.

Bootstrap is one of the easiest ways to start a website without resorting to those cheesy, drag and drop, built for designer websites. Bootstrap is beautiful, fast, and one of the best solutions in the business. Bootstrap is built with the idea of being “mobile first”, fast, and responsive. Bootstrap sites are guaranteed to look great on every device. The pros use it, so why shouldn’t you? And guess what? It’s free.

Not All Hosts Are Created Equal

Some hosts are better for things like WordPress blogging, other hosts allow you to use more advanced database technologies like MongoDB (good luck with that one) or NoSQL solutions. Do your research! Don’t get trapped by paying hundreds of dollars for a host contract with a company that won’t even run Wordpress or refuses to let you use NoSQL solutions.

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You Can Even Get a Free Domain Name

Not even kidding. Believe it or not, there’s also website that tries to sell you otherwise free .tk domain names for $29.99. Don’t fall for that.

You Don’t Have to Be a “.com” Like Everyone Else

.actor, .pink, .plumbing? Why not? There are hundreds of new top level domains (TLDs) being released. The .com era is ending. Grab ’em while they’re hot!

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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