Archive for the ‘Before You Install’ category

How to Create a Website in 5 minutes!

November 9th, 2012

Graham, one of Doteasy’s valued staff members has recently made a video on how to create a website. In the video, Graham chooses a website template, downloads it, and extracts the files within the download. Lastly, he uses a FTP program to upload the extracted files to the website domain, and the website is LIVE! Everything should be finished within 5 minutes (oops, Graham went over the 5 minute time frame – but that’s because he spends a lot of time explaining where to find the website templates). We know your time is valuable, so we’ve prepared this blog post telling you exactly where you can download these FREE website templates, which are completely compatible with all our hosting plans. This compatibility extends into our award-winning Basic Hosting plan as well.

Open Web design: http://openwebdesign.org

Open Source Web Design: http://www.oswd.org

Another valuable resource that Graham mentioned in the video is http://www.w3schools.com – This website is especially handy when you need to tweak your templates.

Templates built using HTML are both mobile, and SEO friendly which are important factors for increasing website traffic. As Graham mentioned in the video, you can enjoy both the benefits of quick installation, and being able to take control of customizing your website. Want to learn more? Stay tuned for our upcoming videos for tips on customizing website templates by using programs such as Dreamweaver. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for our video updates!

Softaculous Video: Inspired by a True Story

October 2nd, 2012

We know that for those with little HTML experience, building a website can be both a difficult and tedious task. To help solve this problem, Doteasy has web tools such as our Website Creator and Softaculous to help customers jumpstart their websites without going through any coding. These user-friendly and powerful tools can build a website in just a few clicks. To better demonstrate how quick and easy it is to build a website, we’ve stepped outside our studio to make this “inspired by a true story” video so you’ll know how to make good use of Softaculous in your daily life. Enjoy!

Doteasy Presents: Scripts Library

September 27th, 2012

Every business needs a website. A real estate agent can publish the active properties listing online. A photographer can share his pictures to create a portfolio. A dental office can showcase their dental services and provide patients with detailed dental education. A scrapbooker can sell his hand-made pieces online.

But most of all, a business needs a website because its consumers are on the internet looking for services to serve their needs!

We know that not all businesses have the resources, including time and money, to invest on creating a website. That’s why we offer Softaculous, an app-store model that lets you browse through different web applications to install and help you build your website. Softaculous offers more than 250 web applications listed in 25 categories.

There must be at least one application that will suit your business needs!

The installation does not require any coding and scripting knowledge. All you need is to click the “install” button and fill out the credentials info. Your website will be LIVE instantly! But if you don’t like the application after the installation, simply hit the “remove” button and you’re done!

We’re here to help your business grow through your online presence. Therefore, to help you find the best web application you need, we’ve created a Script Library. We’ll explain to you what each web application is for, the installation steps, and the customization . Please stay tuned for more details. You may also subscribe to our YouTube video channels and “like” us on Facebook to receive more updates on our products and services. Or, simply contact us through our Live Chat support, telephone support, and Customer Support Ticket system. Our Customer Service and Technical Support agents will be happy to assist you.

Biggest Mistakes in Web Design

September 6th, 2011

1. Designing your website for your needs, not your customers.
Mistake: Many businesses believe that a website is about opening a new marketing channel, promoting a brand, or increasing sales and revenue.

Why:
Most people visit a website to solve one or more of these four problems:

  1. They want/need information
  2. They want/need to make a purchase
  3. They want/need to be entertained
  4. They want/need to be part of a community

It’s just that simple, all visitors care about is solving their problems.
So, when designing a website, remind yourself:

  1. The only reason my website exists is to solve my customers’ problems.
  2. What problems do my webpage solve?

2. Visitors can’t figure out the purpose of your website in less than five seconds.
Mistake: After five seconds on your website, visitors are still wondering are you trying to sell something, what is your website about, etc.

Why:
Visitors are not going to stay around, dig around and find out. If your name or tag line does not tell them what your website is about, they will simply leave and go on to the next website.

3. Visitors can’t read the text on your website.
Mistake: Many web designers like to use light type on a white background.

Why:
Unfortunately, because you know your content so you can read it even if you can’t really see it. But, without proper contrast, visitors can’t see the text and if they can’t read it, they will leave.

Tools that can help you:

  1. Gray-bit.com – the best way to evaluate a website’s contracts is to examine the website in grayscale. Gray-bit.com will convert your websites to grayscale, so you can ask yourself: Can you read the text?
  2. Check My Colors – an easy-to-use contrast-analysis tool that will provide a thorough analysis of the website’s color combinations. It checks for contrast ratio, brightness difference and color difference.
  3. Color Scheme Designer – Not only can this tool help you choose a proper color palette, it can also simulate how people with colorblindness will interpret your color scheme.
  4. Coblis-Color Blindness Simulator – allows you to upload an image and view it as if you had different types of colorblindness.

4. Too much material on one page.
Mistake: You don’t know where to put most of the material so you’ve crammed them all on to one page.

Why:
With so much content vying for attention, it is difficult for the eyes to find the focal point. People get confused and they leave (and most likely find another site that is less confusing). A long web page also means you have failed to organize your website properly.

New Scripts added on Doteasy Scripts Library

January 13th, 2009

If you’re currently on the Doteasy Ultra Hosting or Unlimited Hosting plan and you’re looking for new scripts for your website, you may want to check out the Doteasy Scripts Library. We’ve added a few new scripts to the library. These scripts have been tested on the Doteasy server and we’ve also included a Doteasy-specific installation guide.

B2Evolution
B2Evolution is a full featured multi-lingual, multi-user, multi-blog publishing application written in PHP.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation AssistanceSkinsPlugins

Nucleus
Nucleus is a multi-blog, multi-user, multi-blog publishing application written in PHP. Nucleus is intended for uses who want full control and “tweakability” over their blogs. With Nucleus, you can set up one or more blogs. You can even show the contents of multiple blogs on the same page.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation Assistance
Official Nucleus DocumentationsSkinsPlugins

iZeit Calendar
Unlike other online calendars such as Google, iZeit is a calendar applicationthat you can install on your own domain and website. It is an easy-to-use online PHP calendar and to-do list. It supports multiple languages, categories and users to manage events, recurrence, themes, event comments, RSS feed, iCal import/export, public/private events, AJAX integration, PDF output, custom fields and much more.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation Assistance
Official iZeit Documentations

AliTalk
AliTalk is full featured web based messenger system written using PHP and AJAX. AliTalk allows chat users to create unlimited chat rooms, send private messages in PM box, and to ADD or IGNORE people from the chat.

Links:
Doteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation Assistance

Drupal
Drupal is a free and open source modular framework and Content Management System written in PHP. Drupal is an application that allows individuals or a community to easily publish, manage and organize a great deal of content on a website.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation Assistance
Customization GuideThemesModules and Plugins

Nexus
Nexus is a web-based file manager that you can install on your own domain. Nexus is designed to help you centralize and organize your document library. Unlike Box.net and other hosted solutions, Nexus lets you control when and where you want to store and share your documents.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation Assistance

PixelPost
PixelPost is a photoblog application powered by PHP and MySQL. PixelPost comes with many of the features that have been set as standard by the photoblogging community. You can also find templates and addons to extend the basic features.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation AssistanceTemplates and Addons

Coppermine Photo Gallery
Coppermine is a feature-rich photo gallery script with MySQL database. Coppermine supports template and user management, private galleries, automatic thumbnail creation and easily customization.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation AssistanceTheme Creation and Customization

Gallery
Gallery is a photo gallery application written in PHP. With Gallery, you can easily create and maintain albums. Photo management includes automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning, searching and more. Gallery is great for photo-sharing communities as you can create accounts for friends and family to upload and manage their own photos, as well assign specific viewing/editing permissions on a per individual authenticated user for added levels of privacy.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation AssistanceThemesModules

Easy Poll
Easy Poll is a PHP script to create your own poll on your website. The design of the script is fully customizable so that you can insert the poll into any webpage you want. You poll can have up to 5 answers and you can add, remove, edit or reset the poll at any time.

Links:
List of featuresDoteasy DemoInstallation GuideInstallation Assistance

Note: While these scripts are free to install and use, your account will need to be on the Ultra Hosting or the Unlimited Hosting plan for these scripts to work. If you are currently on our $0 Hosting plan but wish to use any of these scripts, you will first need to upgrade your hosting plan to the Ultra Hosting or Unlimited Hosting plan. You can submit your account upgrade request via the “Upgrade Hosting Plan” link in your Member Zone, or you can contact us directly for further assistance.