|Web Site Costs--a longer answer||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonvillinesprodigy.net)|
|Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 14:01:05 -0500|
Costs for web sites vary according what you get--my earlier message was meant to mean that $600 a year/$50 a month is a standard price. Sites that cost $50 a month also include: 1. Large amounts of server space which you probably don't need unless you are storing graphics or sound files. 2. Statistics on who is looking at the pages how often, when, and where from. This can be fun when you tell the group that people have been visiting from 12 countries. It can also be helpful because it tells you which pages are visited most often--are people leaving before they get to prices. Are they leaving after they read the bios. Probably not necessary information but could be useful. 3. The hosting of your domain name so your address is http://www.yourname.org instead of http://www.34576885))).com/~yrteu/yourname.org Probably not necessary if Cohousing.org has your web address because people will just be clicking on a link and not typing the name or trying to remember it. Registering domain names is extra--I recommend, after registering about six names with them, http://www.netnamesusa.com You can visit the site free and find out what it involves. You can also register you name with them and have it forwarded to a member's site or to some free sites also (not all free sites allow it). 4. A chat room. You can set up a site where your members can chat with each other or hold online meetings. Useful if you are spread out geographically and all your members are online. This would be a private chat and works more easily than the free sites that are available, and as someone else mentioned, no advertising. 5. Email forwarding. A certain number of people, and certainly your contact person, can have an email address that says info [at] yourname.org or ben [at] yourname.org The number varies with each provider--usually 10 or so. Email is then forwarded to the person's email account. This way your group address can remain the same when the person who picked it up last week goes to Figi for the summer. 6. Technical support. A person you can call to get help. Ours is excellent at helping and suggesting stuff. But for a simple site, not necessary. 7. A whole bunch of other stuff I can't remember. I have one that hosts a FilemakerPro database. Synergy pays for hosting. Is it worth it? For some members it is. Do we fully utilize all the features? No. Will we ever? Probably. We do get responses but you also have to be out there telling people about the site--list on Yahoo, etc. I get a lot of responses because I list the sight with my signature. People check it out and come back with comments or questions. A thorough site is VERY helpful for professionals because they can go to the sight immediately to see what we are all about without waiting for info. This has been very useful and a good test of whether people are really interested in working with us. Sharon Villines Synergy Cohousing, Delray Beach FL, http://www.cohousing.net
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