Transition

Hello, I’ve been talking about different technology that can positively help small businesses run their business better in the past three months or so and I really barely touched the surface.  However, moving forward, I’ve decided to focus my blog a little more on my expertise which is mobile app development and web app development.  With that said, my future blogs will be focused on writing tutorial around web and mobile app development intertwined with some observations, opinions, and general musings on those same topics.

Still though, my personal interest in helping out small businesses with anything technology is still a great passion of mine, and whenever I find topics that I greatly believe will be helpful to small businesses, I will talk about that too.

In the next month or so, I will be slowly transitioning my blog but first things first… I will need to move my blog and start using http://www.haipincua.com, which is the domain I’ve had for over a year now and still haven’t had the chance to use with my blog.  With that said, my blog will have less activities in the coming month but rest assured, it’ll will return to its normal status and hopefully in a better state soon.

In the meantime, I will keep up with my tweets (@haipinc).  In there I will continue to send out links to anything worthy of attention (to me anyways) 🙂  Twitter is also the place to find out more of my progress with my upcoming newly designed web site and any other projects I’m working on.

Alright, I’ll see you guys on the flip side.  Check http://www.haipincua.com once in a while and see if it’s slowly improving.  🙂

Many thanks.

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Building a Web Site: For the “do-it-yourselfers” (Part II)

So now that you’ve gone through HTML boot camp and you feel that you’re ready to start building your actual web-site, let’s talk about what you’ll need to get an actual site going.  And after, we can start talking about CSS, javascript, and what not to make your site come alive.

First, you’ll need to buy a domain name for your business.  There are many services out there to use for buying a domain name.  My personal favorite is Hover.  Hover is simple and provides only a few services which means that at Hover, you can buy a domain and not get harassed with the usual up-sell tactics you’ll find elsewhere.  Next is hosting, personally, for most small businesses that would really only like to have a web site for purpose of having blogs and forming and developing a community around their business, I would recommend using services such SquareSpace which is, to me, a better “hosting” option compared to typical hosting services provided by companies like GoDaddy.com.

On that note, let’s talk more about SquareSpace.  SquareSpace, is a service that allows for easy creation of web sites by allowing users to use highly customizable templates.  With SquareSpace, for anybody who would like to customize their sites, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is key which of course,  is another tech to learn for anybody who would like to build their own website.  Check out squarespace.com and look at the many templated (but doesn’t look like so) examples they have.

To learn CSS, go again to w3schools, click on the CSS tutorial link.  In the future, I will start writing tutorials on web development and CSS will be one of the many things I will cover immediately.  For now, go to the other experts (w3schools).

Building a Web Site: For the “do-it-yourselfers” (Part I)

It’s tough running a small business and some stuff you just have to outsource and let the pros have at it like accounting for instance… who wants to deal with that?  Sometimes though, there are just things that are too exciting and small business owners just don’t want to pass to someone else.  Like building a web site for example.  Many business owners take pride in their business and many times would like to develop their sites themselves because they want the creative control and many take pride in being able to build something on their own.

Well, luckily, the internet is full of resources for building web sites and in this blog, I will provide you the necessary resources to get started with learning the appropriate technology.

For now, let’s talk about HTML.  HTML is the markup language used for building web pages.  To get a simple page created, you at least need to know basic HTML.  My personal favorite tool to use online for learning anything web is W3School.  To get started with HTML, go to http://www.w3schools.com/html/ and start with the tutorial.

YouTube, believe it or not, is another great tool to use when learning HTML.  Just go to YouTube and search for HTML.  You are sure to find lots of video tutorial on HTML.

As far as HTML books, I personally haven’t used one in a very long time (thank you Internet) but that doesn’t, by any means, lessen the value of a well-written self-help book.  Amazon.com is the place to go for books (I’m sure you already knew that), but as a quick tip for shopping for HTML books, make sure to read the description of the book and also the reviews on the books itself.  The description and reviews often reveal who is the book is written for (i.e. programmers, beginners, designers, etc.)

Lastly, as you go through the process of learning HTML, you’ll need some tools to practice with.  Fortunately, you don’t need to spend any money at all (towards tools) when it comes to building web pages.  Start with the built in text editor and internet browser that came with your operating system (I’m sure any tutorial you’ll go through will tell you the same thing).