Saturday, August 8, 2009

Website Success!!

So I figured something out for the website I'm making! I'm excited about it- it's simple, really. I just didn't know it.

I consider myself pretty computer savvy, but I guess I didn't know much about the internet. We own a certain domain name- but don't have access to the server. In fact there are two companies that I'm in contact with, and neither of them claim the server that the current (poorly designed) website is on.

Here's what I learned this week:
Each website not only has a domain name, but also an IP address. This address is a series of numbers, and it tells people and computers where the website server is located. If you have this IP address you can get to any website, even if it's not 'launched' to the public. For me this is going to be great, because I'm designing this website, but many of the people who have to approve it are in other cities around the state. I can even get someone on the other side of the country to look at it and see if it makes sense to them.

So we don't have access to the server- even to take the old website down, but we do own the domain name- so we just call the company who hosts the domain name and have them point the dns server to the new server company. I've already decided on the company, now I just have to pick the plan. This website could be launched next week, if I wanted it to be up and running.

But I have some final additions to make to the website to really make it 'pop!'

I've done one website before- but it was pretty basic, now from all that I've learned on this website I'm doing now- I can go back and make the other website a little more desirable. But I have a lot on my plate right now, and one website at a time is confusion enough for me.

I'm glad I took on this project- It's been an adventure and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I've learned how to embed items (from Google, or Flickr) into a website and learned a little CSS using Dreamweaver! I've also learned more about Dreamweaver and what the program can do!


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