Congratulations on deciding to create web presence! Regardless if you want to earn more money, get your campaign seen by many or simply do public service, a web site is the first step of many opportunities that will come your way. After signing up with a good hosting provider and securing your domain (also known as your .com), you need to go to your control panel to customize how your site and the hosting will work for you.
There are just some things that you cannot avoid, even if you are a first time web admin. Things like setting up your own email, putting up an “Under Construction” page and things like linking to Facebook and/or Twitter. These things can all be done within a control panel. Think of it as your dashboard for your web hosting settings.
If you decide to go with an FatCow hosting account, your control panel will be called vDeck. Along with the perks of having an easy to use dashboard like vDeck, here are the other perks of going with FatCow:
- Easy to use site building tools, like a drag and drop site builder
- Free marketing credits to help publicize your site
- Any time money back guarantee for those who are hesitant to try them out
- Free basic security suite often costing around $100
- Free Yellow Pages listing
To help you familiarize yourself with the contents of vDeck, here are the icons that you will see on its home page:
- .htaccess editor
- Archive gateway
- Disk usage
- File Manager
- FrontPage Extensions
- Google Services for Websites
- Secure Server
- Server Information
- Set site editor
- Site backups and restore
- View my Website
- Visitor Statistics
- WebSite Creator by CM4all
- Weebly Drag and Drop builder
The Visitor Statistics is like Google Services for Websites but this is an in-house tool for you to use. This will also include the types of pages within your site that gets the most hits, the most returning visitors, the typical browsing time per page for each user etc.
FrontPage extensions are tools that you can install in your site so that you can help yourself create web pages faster. Gone are the days when you are so dependent on a web developer to edit, create and maintain your website. Short of using WordPress, this is your next best option especially for new users or beginners.