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Essential tools of the trade

August 7th, 2006 · No Comments

If you’re looking to make some money online by creating a website or a blog, you’ll need some tools to work with. Here is a list of things you’ll need to consider.

Now ideally all of these things would be free to give you a fighting chance but, alas, most of them come with a price tag. However a lot of the software listed below include free 30 day trials so it makes sense to have planned your site well in advance so that you can utilise the 30 days to the max.

Lay the site out on pieces of paper so that you are fully prepared before you start the 30 day trial. How many pages will there be? How do they all link together? Will they all use the same basic design (i.e. a template)? Will I need to create lots of graphics or banners?

Plan out what needs to be done first so, for example, if you’re going to make a lot of graphics, download the graphics software first and then once you’ve made the pretty pictures download the HTML editor.

So, what do you need? Well unless you speak fluent HTML, you’ll need a WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWG stands for What You See Is What you Get. Ultimately it’s a piece of software which allows you to create a webpage without needing to understand the code. Personally I use Dreamweaver for my websites. I’ve also used Coffee Cup in the past too. Both products have a trial period so have a try before you buy.

To create graphics and buttons for your website, you’ll need some image manipulation software. I use Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro for my graphics. They both take a little time to get used to but once you understand the basics they’re fairly intuitive.

You’ll need somewhere to host the site. Don’t go overboard for your first few sites. You’ll probably not need a massive amount of pace or bandwidth. 1&1 Web Hosting also offers you free domain name registrations so they’re worth a look. Blue Host are another you could consider – they’re offering hosting for $6.95 per month at the moment. Go Daddy offer hosting as well as domain name registrations so if you want to keep everything in the same place then they’re worth considering. Yahoo! have also recently updated their small business hosting services.

You’ll also need a domain name, of course. GoDaddy are cheap as chips for .com domains. If you’re looking for a .co.uk domain name then choose 123-Reg as they’re the cheapest around.

Now you’re ready to start earning some money online. All you need is a killer idea and a thousand hits a day and you’re laughing all the way to the bank 😉

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