What you need to do

Business plan

First have a clear idea on what you want the website to do for you. For example, a website for a hotel would be an information-style website. It would have images of the hotel and facilities, directions to the hotel, telephone and contact details, tariffs, restaurant menus, local attractions and so on. A website for boarding kennels would similar, without the local attractions! Alternatively, a small business may need a website to advertise its services, either locally or nation wide.

Website thoughts

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Second, it would be really helpful if you have an idea in your mind what you want your website to look like. It is worth browsing the internet to get some ideas before approaching a web design team. Think of what colours you would like to be incorporated into the web design. If you have a logo, you may want the website colours to match it.

Web Hosting

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Before art4arts8 starts work on your website, you will need a Web Domain and a Web Host. Advice on both of these is in the Frequently Asked Questions page. Some Internet Service Providers, or ISP, provide Web Space, so it is worth checking before signing up with a different Web Host. It will be essential for your Web Host to support File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access. This will allow art4arts8 to upload your website onto your Web Host server. In order to do this, you must supply art4arts8 with your Domain name and Web Hostís log in, password and FTP address.

Website Content

Finally, art4arts8 deals only with web design, we do not write the content! We will check the content for spelling, grammar and internet friendliness. A web site that has spelling errors will give the impression of an unprofessional business. You must supply the textual content and images that you want on your website. For web design, high quality images should be used. If you are taking the images yourself, save them as jpeg or .jpg files. These are the best for websites. You should forward images to art4arts8 that are a minimum of 800 pixels wide.