2 Major Typies of Small Business Web Site Design

By: Colin Wood

The global internet is not as global as small business owners may think it is, in fact the global internet can be extremely effective for local markets. Small business web site design is important to how successful your company will be online. Small business web site is one of the largest market sectors in the business. With the revolution of the internet, smaller businesses are able to reach more audiences with their web site. If you are a small business or a home-based business, you can do to have small business web site. Web site hosting is not expensive and finding the right business is easy on the internet.

Starting a small business but don't know where to look? Want some great ideas for generating income online? Here are 2 small business web site design typies that I recommend for small business owners.

1. Blogging

Blog is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal or business website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the business, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects. Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Most blogs have a method to allow visitors to leave comments. All this ensures that online conversations can be maintained painlessly among various site users and web sites.

For small business owners without the time to learn both html web and php web, blogging offers an inexpensive method to get the business's name out on the internet. Business blogs provide a small business with a chance to share some expertises and knowledges with a larger audience. A powerful benefit for consultants and knowledge workers.

As with most things in life, blog platforms come with a variety of price points ranging from free through to more expensive options. There are three main things that you might pay for: the blog platform itself, hosting for your blog and domain name. Here are 2 biggest blog platforms:



  • Wordpress - This is an open source, community supported tool available 2 flavors, the free, fully hosted version with limited control (Wordpress.com) and the free, unhosted version with unlimited control (Wordpress.org)

  • Blogger - This is the granddaddy of platforms. Blogger helped launch the blogosphere and was later snapped up by Google.



2. Ecommerce

Owning and operating an online store is now easier then ever. Thank you to the developers of many ecommerce web site, just about anyone with some basic computer knowledge can manage a busy online shopping web site and still have time for the important things in main business.

Most stores use an online catalog type of format organized by category. An ecommerce web site must not only present the merchandise effectively, it must provide a safe and easy way for customers to order. Your customers will browse at your web site, select some items, and then pay for them. When you set up an e-commerce shopping cart, you're providing a way for your customers to bring their purchases to the cash register. The program you choose will allow you to enter your products in the database and allow shoppers to choose products when they click on 'Add to cart'.

Store owners can set up their online stores using ecommerce tools. For small stores, it has all the features you need for an online store. For example: OScommerce, Zen Cart, PHP Auction, Cube Cart, Open Realty, Miva Merchant, etc.

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