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by Ron Mader

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FYI -- This feature is part of our popular Web Seminar.

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In this portion of our web seminar we review successful website design, creation and maintenance. Avoid linkrot!


THE BIG PICTURE

A website is just part of the big picture. A website can be a library, coffeehouse, meeting room and sometimes all of the above. Even the bad websites get their day -- Unfortunately, many people just do not get it -- just take a look at some of the web pages that suck.

What works? Good websites are authored and the best sites are edited -- they incorporate reader feedback, whether 'user-generated content' or as a wiki or something else.

As the Mexico on the Web columnist, I spent five years reviewing websites. What I learned is that the best sites have a clear voice. Successful websites are those that deliver up-to-date information from a particular perspective. Websites that try to please everyone end up pleasing no one.

SOME DEFINITIONS

"WWW" stands for World Wide Web, though when graphics-heavy and high-tech design slows down access, it feels like the "World Wide Wait."

"HTTP" is short for "Hypertext Transfer Protocol," a method used to transfer or convey information on the World Wide Web. For nerdy details, consult Wikipedia.

"URL" is the address of a web page. It stands for "Universal Resource Locator" -- meaning that it identifies a single page on the Web. The URL of Planeta is http://old.planeta.com

TIP -- If you have a long URL that you want to send via email, you can shorten the address with Tiny URL, a free tool that converts long addresses into ... tiny URLs.

ADMINISTRATION AND CREATION

TIP -- When creating a website, make sure that someone is empowered to make both technical and content-related changes online.

Also, during the creation or renovation phase, it is helpful to have an uninitiated peruse the website and comment on what was confusing. Think out of the box by getting a perspective from out of the box.

TIP -- If you have a large site, include a sitemap and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).

A FEW WORDS ABOUT ZOMBIE SITES

Too often websites -- regardless of whether they are created by a university, environmental group or government office -- are uninformative and frequently obsolete. There are numerous examples of the dead websites. Red flags include a "last updated" citation reading more than six months old or in which "breaking news" refers to events from the late 1990s.

Many of these zombie sites are the result of an institution creating a website during the late 90s boom "because everyone is creating a website." Creating websites, like crafting screenplays, is easy. But developing quality work requires talent and patience.

NOTES FOR WEBSITE OWNERS

  • Make backup copies of your website

  • Register your domain and keep an eye for when it comes up for renewal.

SUMMARY: WHAT MAKES A GOOD SITE?

    Quality content!

    Up-to-date information

    Email contact

    Self-explanatory. Tells the reader who is responsible for the website

    Links to related websites AND private communication with other webmasters

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AUTHOR

Ron Mader is the ecotourism and responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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