Do I need a Web
See top 10 List below...
answer is almost certainly yes, if you are in any kind of business or
run any sort of club or voluntary organisation you can only benefit
from having a presence on the web. Increasingly people expect to be
able to find out about you, about your products and services or your
activities from the comfort of a chair in their own homes and at any
time they choose. In a few years this question will seem redundant -
like somebody asking do they need a telephone!
What is a Domain name?
name is your unique identity on the web - it commonly takes the format
of www.yourcompany.com or www.yourorganisation.ie. To
acquire your own domain name just two steps are required
- Think of a name:
If you are lucky your business name may still be available, if not a
variation of the name which is easy to remember can usually be found.
- Register your
name: with either the USA domain register for a .com name or the
Irish registry for a .ie name, or both.
What is meant by hosting a
site must be on a server - a computer which is connected to the
internet 24 hours a day - so that people can reach it. The companies
who provide space on such servers are called hosts, and they make their
money by charging for space on their servers.
are a great range of host companies to choose from with varying
facilities, capabilities and rates. For information about our hosting
service see here,
but you should shop around before choosing a host.
Can I update my own web site?
You can do
anything your like with your own web site!
We will be
happy to teach you about updating your site. In addition we can add
elements to your site that automatically update it or simplify updating
and all our packages include some means of updating at least those
parts of the site that will change frequently.
Can I use MS FrontPage to update my
FrontPage server extensions to all customers. Simply select 'Yes' for
FrontPage on the Order Form, and you're ready to go!
If you have a site with us already and want to begin using FrontPage
for the first time, you can install the FrontPage extensions at any
time by using your site's control panel. You can also reinstall or
uninstall the extensions yourself from the control panel.
We can, if
you wish, design a site for you using FrontPage leaving you free to use
the programme to update and maintain the site yourself.
For more information about FrontPage go
Do I have to update my site
No, But we can
design the site to include some inbuilt means for you to update at
least part of your site yourself. However we do offer several
maintenance contracts for those who do not wish to carry out their own
What is meant by POP
you have networked computers in your company you may wish to have email
delivered to individual mail boxes - e.g. email@example.com
To do this
you will need to have a hosting account with multiple POP accounts -
all our Hosting Plans and Packages include unlimited POP accounts at no
extra charge and you will have the ability to set up unlimited e mail
Do I Need Unix or NT Hosting?
If you do not have
the specific needs listed in the "Pros" section below, then there is no
advantage to being NT hosted.
Pros of NT Hosted Sites:
1. The ability to use ASP pages.
2. The ability to do ODBC connectivity to MS Access and Foxpro
3. File and directory names are not case
Cons of NT Hosted Sites:
1. Most cgi/perl scripts will probably not work "as is" on NT servers
without having to make several changes to them. This includes the free
shopping cart/e-store we provide. We do however have ActivePerl 5.0
installed on the NT server and is available for your use if you wish to
migrate any Unix cgi/perl scripts to work on NT. See this page for more
details on cgi/perl scripts on NT hosted sites.
2. The NT control panel is not as full featured as the Unix Hosted
3. Site Logs need to be download from the /logs directory of the web
site and viewed with a PC based log viewer.
4. NT hosted sites can take a little longer to set up on our servers
once the online order has been submitted. This is also the reason for
the additional one time NT hosting Additional Setup Fee.
Top 10 Reasons to
have a Web Site:
Simply having a Web site will not achieve your business goals. If
your Web site is designed and marketed properly, people will find and
visit your Web site instead of your competitors. More than
85% of Web surfers use search engines to find what they are looking
for on the Web. A professional Web designer can do this for you - an
amateur may not know how, or may not consider it important.
You and your customers save time and money when compared to Fax,
telephone, and postal mail. People can access information and
communicate with you any time of day or night. Busy people prefer the
time flexibility to deal with email communication. No more voice
mail, "telephone tag", huge phone bills or waiting!
Your customers can find out basic information about your business
without having to phone. Instead, you will hear from people who are
already interesting in doing business with you. It saves time for
you, your customers and suppliers.
Busy people are searching for products and services online rather
than using traditional means. Internet users are doubling every 18
months; content has doubled every 12 months; E-commerce has
doubled every 6 months; bandwidth has doubled every 4 months.
February 2000 marked the first survey by Zona Research showing more
people in the U.S.A. using the Internet than don't - 90 million
American adults are Internet users; 85.3 million are not. Women will
soon make up half the people on the Web.
Modern businesses know that
Web based information and online communication is imperative to their
daily activities with customers and suppliers. Futurists predict that
companies not on the Web will disappear.
Anyone can now afford a Web site. With a professional designed Web
site, no one knows or cares if you are small or large, only if you
sell what they want at a competitive price. Companies with a Web site
and E-mail address can attract people they could never hope to reach
You can provide more information about your products or services, and
update information quickly and easily - at considerable cost
saving over printed brochures.
Customers can order online, use query forms, or do credit
transactions, depending on the service level provided by your
Internet provider and Web designer.
traffic to your business:
An entry level Web site that mirrors existing brochures may bring low
rewards. If you provide related value-added information of
interest to your audience, it will bring people back again.
Bookmarks from related business sites will increase traffic to your
A Web site on your business
cards, advertising and printed material tells the world that you are
a modern company in touch with the latest technologies.
is comprehensive site creation & management software with many useful
FrontPage Editor makes it possible for novices to create and/or
maintain web pages using the graphical WYSIWYG interface (it isn't
necessary to know HTML!).
provides many features that take the difficulty out of managing a web
site, such as automatically updating hyperlinks when file names or
paths change, easy publishing and a familiar Microsoft appearance. You
can also use FrontPage to integrate an Access database into your site,
creating a dynamic, database driven, site.
We Help You to Use FrontPage?
of our hosting plans
include free FrontPage extensions, enabling you to make use of all the
package features. Our extensions are installed and maintained on the
servers by experienced technicians and are very stable. You also have
the facility to remove, install or repair the extensions yourself from
your site control panel.
An excellent help site for those who use FrontPage in any capacity.
Microsoft's FrontPage site.