Heading - Web Design Guide

The number of sites on the Internet is growing at fantastic rate day-by-day, as more and more people flock to embrace the power of the Web. Yet, as the amount of sites increases, so too does the need to have an online presence that is stronger than that of your competitors. The key is to ensure that your Website is more usable, accessible and visible than anybody else’s.  With the right tools and technical support, building an effective Website can be enjoyable and can also save you a considerable amount of money. In actual fact, with the right resources, you could build an effective Website without spending a penny!

Creating your own website is fun and also interesting at the same time, as you progress through this guide, you will learn new skills about software, the internet and how to build a site that can earn you a considerable income.

FGD's FREE Stuff section will help you to get your hands on the right tools and this Web Design Guide explains in very simple terms how to design, build and publish a Website. Contrary to what some Website design and hosting companies would have you believe, you don't need to spend huge sums of money purchasing expensive software packages, programming manuals or web server space -- you just need to know where to start.

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Sub heading - Web Design Guide Stages

Below is a list of contents for the Web Design Guide:

STAGE 1: Creating Your Website

The first stage of this guide explains in simple terms how to design, develop and publish a Website.  It introduces you to basic development concepts and points you to free Web page development tools and resources.

STAGE 2: Optimising your Website

Once you have built your wonderful looking Website, you need to consider how people are going to find it. If people can't find your Website, how are they going to buy your products or services? Search engines are the 'Directory Enquiries' of today and your Website must be optimised for maximum search engine exposure so that it is seen before those of your competitors. The second stage of this guide will show you how you can achieve this.

STAGE 3: Adding Web Bling

Now you have optimised your site and improved its visibility, your visitors should hopefully start 'rolling in'. But your mission to make your Website better than your competitors does not end here! Your next task, which should always be on-going, is to ensure that your visitors are enticed to stay at your site for as long as it takes to convince them do whatever it is that your Website was built for: buy, join, subscribe, become more enlightened, etc etc: and when they leave, encouraged to return in the near future. This section explains features that are added to sites to do just this.

STAGE 4: Making Money with your Website

Now that your site is up and running, how can it be customised to make money? There are many ways in which sites can generate income without having to sell goods or services. It would be in your best interests to find out how you can turn hits into cash! Even if your site is strictly information-based, it could still be a fantastic cash-cow. Read this section to find out how.

STAGE 5: Marketing your Website

Website marketing is all about promoting your site. How can you get more visitors to your website? We have already discussed two methods, search engine optimisation and Web bling; but what other techniques can you employ to increase traffic to your site. Just building a Website is not enough! You now need to look at how to publise it. Discover in this final part of the FGD Web Design Guide, the current trends in Website marketing. Add the icing on the cake to making your Website the best around!

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