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6 Steps You Definitely Need to Get Your Business Online

6 Steps You Definitely Need to Get Your Business Online

The business environment is becoming more and more competitive. The strategies are becoming more complex as the requirements are increasing as well.

The Internet is a tool that you should use to make sure that your business has a good online presence. A website is an essential factor in making sure that the business has a good and effective online presence.

If you do not have any experience with web designing then you will find creating a website a little overwhelming. But the process of getting the business online is not a complicated one.

Here are the easy and simple steps that can help in creating an effective online presence with the help of a good site.

1. Find a Domain Name and Register it

Find the perfect domain name for your business. You can find the perfect domain name and at the same time you can register the name of the business.

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There are several online registrars for registering the domain name. You can search for a name that is perfect for the business. Registering the name does not take a lot of time.

2. Determining the Function of the Website for the Business

If you are spending a lot of time and effort in developing your website then it is important that it holds some value for the business.

You need to determine the role you want the website to play because the design of the site will be according to the function it needs to play. If you just wish to provide basic company information, then all you will need is a simple brochure style site.

But if you need an extensive design like to incorporate plug-ins, e-commerce functionality or a blog, then the design will be much more extensive.

It is important that you outline the requirements clearly so that the site is able to portray everything you wish for. You also have to consider the budget while determining the need for a site.

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3. Choose the Hosting Company

If you are planning to create the website on your own, then you will require website hosting providers. The host is able to provide online space for the store and serve it to the visitors.

You have a lot of hosting options to choose from. The choice of host depends on the build of the site.

You need to make sure that the host is able to support the platform your site is built on and you have to consider the bandwidth you are consuming.

4. Consider Getting Some Help

It is possible that you do not have time to create a website on your own. You can make things easier by hiring professionals. Creating the site yourself will save you money but it will take a lot of time.

Hiring a web designer is a good option. You can also take some help from a developer. You can hire a freelance to do your work as well. If the design of the website needs to be extensive then you need to hire a web designing agency.

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They have the ability to provide the best skills, resources, and services. You will have the best website with the help of professionals.

5. Deciding on a Content Management System

A content management system is important for developing a website. It is a system that allows you to log into the site and update the content without having any knowledge of HTML.

Before choosing the system you have to make sure that it is perfect for your requirements. Make sure that you do not have to rely on external support to navigate the site.

You should have complete control of the site so make sure you choose the right CMS.

6. Be Aware of Potential Legal Issue

The rules of online business are similar to the normal business, but you have to make sure that you are aware of legal concerns which are specifically related to online business.

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It is important that you consult your lawyer to make sure that you are fulfilling all the legal terms. Only a professional can help in creating faultless and relevant contracts, agreements and terms.

There are several other important factors in creating an online business such as website content. You have to make sure that the content is relevant along with all the images and videos. You have to make sure that everything is in order before you make the website live. Remember that your site is critical to your online business so pay special attention to it.

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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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