You do not need to be a computer wizard to put a website together these days. There are numerous companies that offer web hosting services that have built in tools and templates that can help you get a website up and running in no time and include features such as website templates, email, online forms, chat rooms, blogs, survey tools…etc.
This website is hosted by Network Solutions, they offer outstanding customer service and easy-to-use website tools.
Getting a landowner coalition website up and running is not difficult and chances are that someone on your steering team has enough technical knowledge to get things going. Here are the basic steps to getting a landowner coalition website established:
Once you have decided on the name of your landowner coalition, then you need to come up with a URL (address) for your website. The URL for a website consists of a “domain name” and "extension". For example, the URL for this website is http://www.newyorkgaslease.org - the domain name for this website is “newyorkgaslease” and the extension is “.org”. When choosing a domain name, try to come up with a name that will be easy to remember.
The most common extensions are:
When you are looking at a domain name, you should consider purchasing the .com, .org, and, .net extensions. You will easily be able to have them all point to the same website. In this way if anyone types in the domain name with any variation of the three extensions, then they will still end up at your website.
While there are a number of places that will sell domain names cheaply, the costs to transfer the domain names to a webhosting company can be expensive. You are better off registering the domain name from the same company that you will you will use to host your website.
You can search to see which domain names are available with a company like Network Solutions.
• Once you have identified a domain name and extension that is available, then you will need to find a place to host your website. There are a number of companies, like Network Solutions that will host your website – they provide you the space and access to the internet to get your website published. When looking for companies to host your website, be aware that some companies will offer a very cheap “starter” package, but then you will incur numerous expenses to “upgrade” with services. You’re best bet is to go with a quality web hosting service that provides a comprehensive package. You can expect to pay about $10-$15 dollars per month for a quality web hosting service depending on the package you purchase.
• After you have registered you domain name and have you web hosting service, they you are all set to go. Many web hosting companies offer very easy to use website templates that can be used by anyone who has standard computer knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Word or advanced knowledge with html programs like Dreamweaver.
While there is no standard format for a landowner coalition website, here are a few suggestions of things to consider including:
• Purpose or mission of you coalition (are you just about the money, education, both…or ???
• Contact information (typically email) for coalition committee members who potential new members can contact if they have questions
• A description of the geographic area your landowner coalition covers
• A membership application in the form of a downloadable format or an online version – there are numerous examples of such online forms at other landowner coalition websites
• A calendar or upcoming events of membership meetings or other educational events for your members
• Useful links to other resources of information for your members
• Perhaps links to other landowner coalitions – we are all in this together and need to help connect one another
• Frequently asked questions that you receive from your members (can help save time on the phone)!