How to Choose the Right Website for You

Choosing what you want your website to be isn't always as obvious as it might seem. There are so many options available to you that it really pays to take time out to think about this question before jumping in. Ask yourself what you are actually aiming for in having an online presence? Do you want a personal website, an online shop, a blog or diary style presence? Or do you want to run a forum related to your product or interest, perhaps an ezine with a back-issue website or if you are an artist, photographer or craftworker, maybe an online gallery would best promote you? To help you decide, try asking yourself these questions.

Do you want to sell physical goods? Items that have to be delivered by post, such as books, toys, clothes, electrical goods etc are ideal for an ecommerce website. There are many options open to you whereby you can catalog your items by entering them into a database. This sounds more complicated than it actually is. Most shop building software has a simple interface whereby you can enter items in obvious categories, add prices, sizes etc and postage costs. The add to basket buttons are generated for you for each item.

There's a huge number of companies offering you shop solutions for your website but they don't all have the same facilities. As ever, it pays to research and find one that does everything you want it to. Most companies will offer you a free trial and I recommend that you select a company that does.

You can choose to buy shopbuilding software to install on your computer, the benefit being that this is a one-off purchase and no recurring monthly payments, apart from your web hosting.

Alternatively you can go for the hosted shop option. There are an enormous number of companies offering this. Advantages are that your hosting and website are integral. Everything is done online so you can even update your shop from any computer wherever you may be. These options are usually very simple to use and have good help menus.

Do You want to sell downloadable goods, eg. software, music, ebooks? Downloadable products are very hot selling items on the internet. The reason is obvious and it benefits everyone involved. The buyer receives his / her purchase immediately, payment has cleared and the seller has no stock to buy, keep or deliver. Some product examples are music, images, software, templates and ebooks.

Ebooks are one of the most popular downloadable products. They are very easy to produce and most people have the ability to read them from their computer screen or even print them out. "How to" books are the most popular by far as they provide answers, solutions and ideas. The internet is used by many as a research tool and people are actively looking for information and solutions to problems. If you can provide these on a popular enough niche topic, your ebook is likely to be in demand. There are several websites which offer you the facility to sell downloadable products, such as Clickbank and Payloadz. A quick Google search will give you more options to explore to find the most suitable for your particular needs.

Are you an artist or photographer or craftworker? Firstly, ask yourself what your purpose of having an online presence will be. For example, are you looking to have a classy online portfolio or do you want to set up an ecommerce shop where you promote the sale of your original work and prints? Can you design websites or do you have the financial means to ask someone to build one for you? Do you have sufficient IT skills to join one of the many online galleries that allow you to upload your work to your own gallery area on their website?

Do you like the idea of ​​being part of a larger online gallery but need someone to do all the techy things for you? There are an enormous number of online galleries now but knowing what you want to achieve will help you narrow your search significantly.

Do you have a bricks and mortar shop? If your business is in the real world, think about what it is you require your website to do in order to promote or give added value to your business. Do you wish it to be simply an online information post so that people can find more about what you offer or find their way to your premises? If so, you may if that your local government will offer you a free web page or mini website on their main council site. If you want something more individual, then a simple site built with Frontpage or a webuilder is probably your best option. If money is no object, then you can hire a webdesigner and achieve something more sophisticated.

Or perhaps you wish to add something extra to your business such as an online, out of hours, ordering system with home delivery. Again, unless you can pay for your site to be custom built, one of the easy web-shop builders is probably your best option.

Do you want to sell or promote a service? For example, are you a webdesigner, childminder, photographer, plumber, tutor, dogwalker, typist, financial adviser, mobile hairdresser, decorator, gardener, acupuncturist or beautician? The list is endless. If you offer a service whether online or off you will want to reflect your professionalism in a well designed and easy to navigate website. If you are able to afford to have your website designed for you to your own specifications, then this can be a good choice as it frees up your time to get on with actually providing the service you are involved in.

This is in option which many cannot afford. An alternative would be to build the website yourself. The advantages to this can really repay the time you put in. To start with, you can update your site whenever you wish, so keeping the content fresh and relevant. Software to help you do this is easily obtained. Dreamweaver and Frontpage are amongst the most popular. I find that the latter is an excellent choice for someone new to web design as it is so intuitive and easy to learn.

Having built your site yourself, the only ongoing costs are the time you decide to spend on it plus your webhosting and there are some excellent deals to be these days. If you feel uncomfortable with building sites, don't despair. There are some fabulous online website builders on offer these days. With this option, your website and hosting are all inclusive. Typically, you will be given a login area where you can select the template, ie. look and feel of your website and add images and information in a very simple step by step way. There is significant competition amongst web hosts offering this option and for you, the consumer, this means that more added value is being tagged onto these packages all the time.

Do you want to build a community website? Websites reflecting the interests of a community or group membership don't need to be sophisticated but it is an excellent idea to have one that is interactive. Being able to post questions and opinions, vote on a member poll or even post photographs will encourage members to participate more fully and can lead to new ideas and renewed enthusiasm within the group. An ideal solution might be a one page website linked to a forum. Some web hosts will offer free websites and hosting for not-for-profit groups and this is well worth looking into. Another idea is to have a community Blog. Again, these are something that permit group participation in posting plus are easy to set up and manage and many are free.

Good luck with your endeavors whatever your aims! The internet is a great place to have your own voice.



Source by Theresa Evans

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Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

Dental implants of one form or another have been around since 600AD when it is thought that ancient Mayans began experimenting with the art of dental implantology. It is interesting to note that although methods have moved on significantly our pride in nice teeth and a beautiful smile seems ageless. Mother Theresa is reported to have said;

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing"

But what do you do today if your smile is full of holes and not something you enjoy sharing?

There are many reasons for requiring a dentist to implant prosthetic teeth. You may have had an accident or sporting injury that has resulted in missing teeth, periodontal disease may have caused teeth to come loose and fall out or other medical issues can result in tooth loss.

Whatever your tooth loss reason, dental implantology may be the answer you are looking for.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are four main benefits to having dental implants;

Confidence – we have all watched the TV advertising for better and better denture glue but implants do away with the need to rely on adhesive. No more worrying about embarrassing denture malfunctions as you tuck into your meal!

Aesthetic – dental implants today look and feel just like your own teeth. The Mayans used shells to fill the gaps in their teeth, allowing the jaw bone to grow round this natural substance and secure them in place but never quite feeling like the rest of their teeth. Today's technology still relies on the bone growing around the implant (osseointegration) to hold it securely in the jaw. This part of the implant is made from titanium which provides support for the crown; much like the root provides support for a natural tooth.

Reliability – due to the nature of implants they are very reliable. They can hold the attached crown almost indefinitely and the success rate is very high. They are an excellent option for anyone requiring a tooth replacement procedure.

Save Existing Teeth – implants can be inserted in between teeth without causing any damage to the surrounding teeth. This makes them ideal for filling a gap created through accident or injury and, if the rest of your oral health is up to scratch, for replacing teeth lost to periodontal disease.

How to choose your implantologist

Choosing someone to drill holes in your teeth and jaw bone, implant a screw and then add a prosthetic tooth is an important decision. The procedure can take up to a year to complete fully depending on how many dental implants are required.

Ideally you will want someone with as much experience as possible in the art of dental implantology and price is not always a reflection of their expertise.

Getting patient testimonials is often the best way to judge a dentist and although everyone has their own unique experience a dentist with a large number of returning patients is generally a good indication of expertise and patient care.

Entering a clean, modern reception is also a good sign. Although it may be subconscious these surroundings give a feeling that state of the art technology is behind the surgery doors.

There are a few dental practices around that have incredibly talented implantologists as part of their team and many practices will offer a free consultation with these superstars of the dental world.

The Birmingham dental practice of Barnt Green is lucky enough to have Dr Thomas Faber as one of their team. Dr Faber's father was a pioneer in dental implants in the 1970'sand Dr Faber's is following in his father's footsteps. With over twenty years' experience in the field of dental implants he truly is an expert in his field.



Source by Lorna Mclaren

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Why You Shouldn't Let Politics Choose Your Friendships

Last year, I wrote a mini research paper on the importance of protecting free speech on college campuses. Though I'm pretty liberal on most political issues, I surprised my teacher (who still teases me for being "progressive" today) by taking the position that colleges should never disinvite speakers or attempt, in any way, to censor or ban "hate speech, "which is a term that is incredibly vague and difficult to define. I talked a lot in the paper about the importance of doing a whole lot of listening to what the "other side" has to say, both in order to open your mind to other points of view and learn how best to refute arguments from those who disagree with you. I've always prided myself on being open to a wide variety of different ideas and different kinds of people.

I think that, today, we live in an era of "identity politics." We spend so much time separating ourselves into small, neat boxes that we tend to forget the things that bring us together. I absolutely support minorities and other oppressed groups banding together to try and solve the unique issues that face them, but I do have an issue with the groups of friends that are composed entirely of people with the same beliefs and identities that I see at school, and the "I would never be friends with a Trump supporter" that I see on the internet. It's not just democrats; I've seen a number of memes made by conservatives on the internet that convey the same ideas, but about liberals. While I think it's natural to be drawn to those that are like us – it's safe, and comfortable – I also think it's problematic.

Sure, politics can bring people together. I've definitely bonded with a lot of my friends over political issues that we agree on and feel passionately about. But I also have friends from the other side of the spectrum – people that I bonded with over school stress or sports or any number of other things. Even if I knew they were staunchly conservative, I took a chance and have ended up with a few close friends as a result. I'm not perfect, of course, and I've been guilty in the past of letting political issues strain my relationships (or prevent me from forming new friendships). I'm trying, though, to do so less and less often.

When we don't open our hearts to those that are different from us, we close ourselves off from meaningful relationships and the chance that the "other side" will surprise us. There's someone in a few of my classes who is a firm Trump supporter and active member of Young Republicans, but she's done nothing but prove to me time and time again that she is a kind, inclusive, and overall wonderful person. She treats those who are different from her with a great amount of respect, and, honestly, I think we could all learn from her.

Now, of course, there are circumstances that prevent this idealistic vision of every friend group being filled with people from all walks of life who see the world in all different ways. As pointed out in this Washington Post article, Democrats tend to live clustered together in urban areas – like San Francisco or New York – where they are isolated from people on the other side of the political spectrum. I'm not suggesting that anyone should all should completely abandon their old ways and actively try to seek out people on the opposite side of the political spectrum. I think changing your mindset is a long, slow process. Next time you're in class and see a girl with a pro-life / pro-choice sticker that you don't agree with, ask her how she's doing anyway, or ask her why why she believes what she does. Next time that you're tempted to hide an old high school friend who has started posting political posts that you disagree with on Facebook, send them a message to reconnect instead. Next time you hear that a strongly conservative speaker is coming to campus, go to the lecture and listen to what they have to say, and leave if it's truly offensive to join the protests that will inevitably happening nearby.

Like a lot of things in life, bridging the divide starts with baby steps.



Source by Julia A Ochsenhirt

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Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

Dental implants of one form or another have been around since 600AD when it is thought that ancient Mayans began experimenting with the art of dental implantology. It is interesting to note that although methods have moved on significantly our pride in nice teeth and a beautiful smile seems ageless. Mother Theresa is reported to have said;

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing"

But what do you do today if your smile is full of holes and not something you enjoy sharing?

There are many reasons for requiring a dentist to implant prosthetic teeth. You may have had an accident or sporting injury that has resulted in missing teeth, periodontal disease may have caused teeth to come loose and fall out or other medical issues can result in tooth loss.

Whatever your tooth loss reason, dental implantology may be the answer you are looking for.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are four main benefits to having dental implants;

Confidence – we have all watched the TV advertising for better and better denture glue but implants do away with the need to rely on adhesive. No more worrying about embarrassing denture malfunctions as you tuck into your meal!

Aesthetic – dental implants today look and feel just like your own teeth. The Mayans used shells to fill the gaps in their teeth, allowing the jaw bone to grow round this natural substance and secure them in place but never quite feeling like the rest of their teeth. Today's technology still relies on the bone growing around the implant (osseointegration) to hold it securely in the jaw. This part of the implant is made from titanium which provides support for the crown; much like the root provides support for a natural tooth.

Reliability – due to the nature of implants they are very reliable. They can hold the attached crown almost indefinitely and the success rate is very high. They are an excellent option for anyone requiring a tooth replacement procedure.

Save Existing Teeth – implants can be inserted in between teeth without causing any damage to the surrounding teeth. This makes them ideal for filling a gap created through accident or injury and, if the rest of your oral health is up to scratch, for replacing teeth lost to periodontal disease.

How to choose your implantologist

Choosing someone to drill holes in your teeth and jaw bone, implant a screw and then add a prosthetic tooth is an important decision. The procedure can take up to a year to complete fully depending on how many dental implants are required.

Ideally you will want someone with as much experience as possible in the art of dental implantology and price is not always a reflection of their expertise.

Getting patient testimonials is often the best way to judge a dentist and although everyone has their own unique experience a dentist with a large number of returning patients is generally a good indication of expertise and patient care.

Entering a clean, modern reception is also a good sign. Although it may be subconscious these surroundings give a feeling that state of the art technology is behind the surgery doors.

There are a few dental practices around that have incredibly talented implantologists as part of their team and many practices will offer a free consultation with these superstars of the dental world.

The Birmingham dental practice of Barnt Green is lucky enough to have Dr Thomas Faber as one of their team. Dr Faber's father was a pioneer in dental implants in the 1970'sand Dr Faber's is following in his father's footsteps. With over twenty years' experience in the field of dental implants he truly is an expert in his field.



Source by Lorna Mclaren

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Politics Choose Your Friendships

Last year, I wrote a mini research paper on the importance of protecting free speech on college campuses. Though I’m pretty liberal on most political issues, I surprised my teacher (who still teases me for being “progressive” today) by taking the position that colleges should never disinvite speakers or attempt, in any way, to censor or ban “hate speech,” which is a term that is incredibly vague and difficult to define. I talked a lot in the paper about the importance of doing a whole lot of listening to what the “other side” has to say, both in order to open your mind to other points of view and learn how best to refute arguments from those who disagree with you. I’ve always prided myself on being open to a wide variety of different ideas and different kinds of people.

I think that, today, we live in an era of “identity politics.” We spend so much time separating ourselves into small, neat boxes that we tend to forget the things that bring us together. I absolutely support minorities and other oppressed groups banding together to try and solve the unique issues that face them, but I do have an issue with the groups of friends that are composed entirely of people with the same beliefs and identities that I see at school, and the “I would never be friends with a Trump supporter” that I see on the internet. It’s not just democrats; I’ve seen a number of memes made by conservatives on the internet that convey the same ideas, but about liberals. While I think it’s natural to be drawn to those that are like us – it’s safe, and comfortable – I also think it’s problematic.

Sure, politics can bring people together. I’ve definitely bonded with a lot of my friends over political issues that we agree on and feel passionately about. But I also have friends from the other side of the spectrum – people that I bonded with over school stress or sports or any number of other things. Even if I knew they were staunchly conservative, I took a chance and have ended up with a few close friends as a result. I’m not perfect, of course, and I’ve been guilty in the past of letting political issues strain my relationships (or prevent me from forming new friendships). I’m trying, though, to do so less and less often.

When we don’t open our hearts to those that are different from us, we close ourselves off from meaningful relationships and the chance that the “other side” will surprise us. There’s someone in a few of my classes who is a firm Trump supporter and active member of Young Republicans, but she’s done nothing but prove to me time and time again that she is a kind, inclusive, and overall wonderful person. She treats those who are different from her with a great amount of respect, and, honestly, I think we could all learn from her.

Now, of course, there are circumstances that prevent this idealistic vision of every friend group being filled with people from all walks of life who see the world in all different ways. As pointed out in this Washington Post article, Democrats tend to live clustered together in urban areas – like San Francisco or New York – where they are isolated from people on the other side of the political spectrum. I’m not suggesting that anyone should all should completely abandon their old ways and actively try to seek out people on the opposite side of the political spectrum. I think changing your mindset is a long, slow process. Next time you’re in class and see a girl with a pro-life/pro-choice sticker that you don’t agree with, ask her how she’s doing anyway, or ask her why she believes what she does. Next time that you’re tempted to hide an old high school friend who has started posting political posts that you disagree with on Facebook, send them a message to reconnect instead. Next time you hear that a strongly conservative speaker is coming to campus, go to the lecture and listen to what they have to say, and leave if it’s truly offensive to join the protests that will inevitably happening nearby.

Like a lot of things in life, bridging the divide starts with baby steps.



Source by Julia A Ochsenhirt

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Why You Should Choose Dental Implants

Dental implants of one form or another have been around since 600AD when it is thought that ancient Mayans began experimenting with the art of dental implantology. It is interesting to note that although methods have moved on significantly our pride in nice teeth and a beautiful smile seems ageless. Mother Theresa is reported to have said;

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing”

But what do you do today if your smile is full of holes and not something you enjoy sharing?

There are many reasons for requiring a dentist to implant prosthetic teeth. You may have had an accident or sporting injury that has resulted in missing teeth, periodontal disease may have caused teeth to come loose and fall out or other medical issues can result in tooth loss.

Whatever your tooth loss reason, dental implantology may be the answer you are looking for.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are four main benefits to having dental implants;

Confidence– we have all watched the TV advertising for better and better denture glue but implants do away with the need to rely on adhesive. No more worrying about embarrassing denture malfunctions as you tuck into your meal!

Aesthetic– dental implants today look and feel just like your own teeth. The Mayans used shells to fill the gaps in their teeth, allowing the jaw bone to grow round this natural substance and secure them in place but never quite feeling like the rest of their teeth. Today’s technology still relies on the bone growing around the implant (osseointegration) to hold it securely in the jaw. This part of the implant is made from titanium which provides support for the crown; much like the root provides support for a natural tooth.

Reliability– due to the nature of implants they are very reliable. They can hold the attached crown almost indefinitely and the success rate is very high. They are an excellent option for anyone requiring a tooth replacement procedure.

Save Existing Teeth– implants can be inserted in between teeth without causing any damage to the surrounding teeth. This makes them ideal for filling a gap created through accident or injury and, if the rest of your oral health is up to scratch, for replacing teeth lost to periodontal disease.

How to choose your implantologist

Choosing someone to drill holes in your teeth and jaw bone, implant a screw and then add a prosthetic tooth is an important decision. The procedure can take up to a year to complete fully depending on how many dental implants are required.

Ideally you will want someone with as much experience as possible in the art of dental implantology and price is not always a reflection of their expertise.

Getting patient testimonials is often the best way to judge a dentist and although everyone has their own unique experience a dentist with a large number of returning patients is generally a good indication of expertise and patient care.

Entering a clean, modern reception is also a good sign. Although it may be subconscious these surroundings give a feeling that state of the art technology is behind the surgery doors.

There are a few dental practices around that have incredibly talented implantologists as part of their team and many practices will offer a free consultation with these superstars of the dental world.

The Birmingham dental practice of Barnt Green is lucky enough to have Dr Thomas Faber as one of their team. Dr Faber’s father was a pioneer in dental implants in the 1970’sand Dr Faber is following in his father’s footsteps. With over twenty years’ experience in the field of dental implants he truly is an expert in his field.



Source by Lorna Mclaren

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari