Workshop: your website in three hours…
Information? Call the University of Idaho Extension office at 382-7190 to find out when and where the next workshop is.
For who is this workshop?
Individuals or businesses that want a web (and Google) presence but do not have the funds to hire a design firm, or individuals that want to have their own blogging site but have no web design experience.
- Website fundamentals;
- Choosing your web hosting company
You will leave this class with the homework to select your domain name and how to do this
- complete your hosting account setup
- install WordPress and do an initial setup
Optional homework from this class is to select a WordPress Theme that fits your company or style
- your first page and post- install the template of your choice
- tips on how to continue from here
- next steps
Some “user group” meetings after the course will allow participants to share experience and exchange questions and tips.
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer & educational organization. We offer programs to persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Willem Braak at least 5 days in advance at PO Box 510, Cascade, ID 83611, 208-382-7190, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
What will the workshop do for me?
At the end of the workshop you or your business will have an actual, professional looking web-presence on a very low-budget (around $100 per year, which would include your domain). The website will, if you choose so, allow visitors to leave comments that you can manage. The workshop will also give you the basic knowledge and tools to maintain and update your site in an easy manner without the purchase of any software for your computer.
Does my business need a website?
If you mainly rely on local customers that know how to find you, than a website is nice but not necessary; a (free) Facebook presence can already help you, since nobody needs to find you through a search engine, like Google.
If, however, a substantial portion of your business is from people who do not necessarily know (of) you, than a web-site can be very beneficial (certainly at a $100 budget).
What do I need to know about computers or have on my computer?
There is no software involved that your computer does not already have if you use the internet; you will do all the work in your web-browser. Having the following computer experience is a required, however:
- You need to be able to comfortably navigate your email program and your web-browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome); the web-browser must be up-to-date (check for the latest version);
- You need to have good navigation skills on your computer; that is: how to find and save files in the folders on your hard-disk
- You need to be comfortable to format text in a word-processing program (like Microsoft Word); understanding styles in word is an advantage.
What does the workshop cost?
The workshop is currently free of charge, but since the idea is for you to have your own website up and running at the end of the workshop you will need to create that website and have it “hosted” (allowing people to find your website). This requires that you, in the second lesson, sign up with a web-hosting company of your choice – doing so with your own credit card. The workshop will help you with this.
Hosting your website with a hosting company costs around $7/month; there are some deals that can start you at $5.95/month or less, but they may not have the capability to do what we need. The workshop will let you know which ones are acceptable.
Almost all hosts require 12 months up-front, however. Therefore, in order to create and pay for a website for one year, plan on spending anywhere between $80-100 depending on the hosting company you choose ( (through a credit-card charge).
NOTE: the University of Idaho does not recommend or promote any particular hosting site. The hosts that we will discuss at the workshop will all be capable of running WORDPRESS – an open source (free), powerful website/blogging program that we will be using in the workshop
What if I already have a website?
If your web-hosting company allows you to install a WORDPRESS site, than this workshop can work for you. You can either convert your old site, or you can often add a new domain for just $10 pa.
Check it out!
Tips and blog-entries on WordPress sites: WordPress Blog
A few examples of websites in progress of students from the previous class:
- Kristin Eames
- Cascade Outdoor Services
- Hasbrouck Farms
- Computer Discovery
Why does the University of Idaho Extension office even offer a webdesign course?!
The answer is twofold. The first reason is that many small business owners or individuals simply cannot afford hiring a webdesign firm to create a website for them. Very often they resort to a free Facebook page, which is effective for those that know you, but not for those that don’t – usually the group you would like to reach. This course uses open-source (free) programs that have emerged over the last few years and make designing and maintaining a website much easier; it also helps individuals take the hurdle of getting signed up with a hosting company.
The second answer has to do with the little webdesign capacity that we currently have in Valley County. Creating more interest and establishing more demand and expertise may eventually bring more opportunity for webdesign to the county; why not ski or hike during the day, and earn a living designing websites in the afternoon?