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The Perfect Way to Build Your Website

The Perfect Way to Build Your Website

Perhaps it is a platitude, but there is no ideal way to build a website. What will serve perfectly in one situation is going to be completely unacceptable in another one. A method suitable for a large company will be prohibitively expensive for a humble personal blog. When all is said and done, the ideal way is all about what exactly you need.

1. Doing It Yourself

If you are not averse to technology and have some free time on your hands, you may consider building your website on your own. It may require building up some skills before you can create something you wouldn’t be ashamed of showing the world, but it is, naturally, the cheapest approach of them all. Judge for yourself – depending on your personal predisposition it may even turn out to be enjoyable and, at the very least, enlightening. Learning new skills is always useful. If you are worried about making a mess of the job, don’t be – the proliferation of free WordPress themes has made this scene much friendlier to newcomers than in the past. But of course, building a large and modern-looking website may turn out to be too difficult for a beginner.

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2. Hiring a Company

Services of some web developer companies may look a bit costly at a glance, but if you choose wisely and take into consideration that they cover all eventualities from building websites to maintenance and troubleshooting, while offering stability and guaranteeing results in time, you will see that their fees are quite reasonable. If you want to make sure the company you hire is a respectable and trustworthy one, it is advisable to use online directories. This way, for example, you will be easily able to get a full list of Drupal development companies you can hire without any second thoughts and choose from them at your leisure.

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3. Hiring a Freelancer

Dealing with freelancers, unless they come highly recommended by the people you trust, is a kind of a roulette. Sometimes you may find an astonishingly capable individual ready to work for a fraction of what you would have to pay a full-fledged web development studio, but you may just as well stumble upon somebody who will blow all the deadlines, give you nothing but promises in the meanwhile, try to rip you off, and you will be lucky to get even a subpar website for your trouble. In other words, hiring a freelancer is a reasonable approach if you want to save money and don’t mind some risk. The risks aren’t as bad as one may think, after all – most freelance websites are pretty good at weeding out irresponsible workers early on.

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4. Using a Website Template

If you really cannot be bothered to get any deeper, using a website template may be a way out. As most of the expenses of website building is associated with design, by removing it from the equation you drastically decrease the overall costs. Essentially, using a template means that you simply upload everything you need into a pre-existing package. There is no need to hire somebody or learn to code. There are drawbacks, of course. Templates usually come without CMS, and the knowledge required to alter something is much greater than for using WordPress. Your website won’t be unique. There will be little to no flexibility. In other words, this approach can only be recommended if the site you need is rather simple, and you want it up and running as fast as possible.

As you can see, choosing an ideal way to build a website isn’t as straightforward as it first appears. We hope that these tips will help you make a choice that is right for you.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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