Remember, YOU own your own website - Facebook is beyond your control.

Have you ever thought would happen all of your friends and fans on Facebook if it folded up tomorrow?
They would simply disappear. Facebook wouldn't even need to fold for this to happen. They could close your account for violating some new terms and conditions. In the future, Facebook may even ban pages it perceives as business related or move them to a new business related social media network.

That is why you need your own business website which you can control and will continue as long as you maintain it.

Do you need your own business website even though you can use Facebook to communicate with your customers?
Absolutely. Facebook is something you do in addition to your your own website, not instead of. Most of the Internet is not on Facebook. It's big within some circles, but most people, and most of your own website's visitors do not (and probably never will) use Facebook. Not everyone on Facebook is as active on it as you are. Just look at your own Facebook page and you will see that it is the same small band of people posting on a regular basis.

Facebook is like "preaching to the converted" and will not attract many new customers. New customers should be converted by your own website and then directed your Facebook page if they are a Facebook user. And remember, most of them probably are not!

Don't Forget to Update Your Site!

With the start of 2013, make sure that your website reflects any special New Year offers or news.

Although a very powerful marketing tool, Facebook isn't used by everybody and certainly not all Facebook members bother to check in every day, unlike some of us sad people!

So remember, every time you have a bit of news to put on Facebook or Twitter, make sure you put it on your website as well.

Have a great 2013 and if anybody needs any help updating their site or if you want a complete re-vamp, don't hesitate to contact us.

Planning your web site

Your New website

Here is a short list of the type of information that you need to compile for your website. There will be more info which you may wish to add later to the website yourself, however follow these simple steps to get started.

  1. Company colours if any or preferred colours

  2. Company logo, or graphics, if any, save to disc or e-mail, (formats: jpeg, jpg, gif or png)

  3. What sections and subsections to include into the website, e.g. (home page, about us, contact page, products, services etc)

  4. Text for all sections, save on disc, memory stick, or e-mail to us.( keep your text short and sweet and direct to the point, do not waffle, most people will not read it!)

  5. Photos for all sections, save on disc, memory stick, or e-mail to us. (Good quality photos are important to the overall look of your website, so no dark or out of focus snaps)

  6. Any files for PDF downloads (There may be forms that people may want to download or print out e.g. order forms.)

  7. Company address, contact numbers, e-mail addresses etc. (we will need your full address and telephone numbers to add to the contact page, also e-mail address)

If you need help or advice with any of the sections, contact us:

Phone: 07808 663385

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Email Setup for Outlook

To configure Outlook Express to read Internet mail, follow these steps:

  • In Outlook Express, click Accounts on the Tools menu.
  • In the Internet Accounts dialog box, click Add, and then click Mail.
  • In the Display Name box, type the name you want others to see when you send a message, and then click Next.
  • In the E-mail Address box, type the e-mail address for the account you are using (for example, "janedoe@ yourdomain. com"), and then click Next.
  • Under E-mail Server Names, select the appropriate incoming mail server type (POP3 is the default type), and then type the names of your incoming and outgoing mail servers. These should be as follows: Incoming - mail.yourdomain .com (put your web site's domain here) Outgoing - Use the same as your incoming server. Contact us for more information about this, if required. Click Next.
  • Username - Type your email address eg. you@ yourdomain.com
  • The password is as notified to you by Netstretch. Click Next.
  • In the Internet Mail Account Name box, type a name to identify the mail account you are configuring. This is known as the "friendly" name for the account. Click Next.
  • Click Finish. For any other Email problems, please contact us.

Content Management

A Content Management System (CMS) is a website that can be updated at any time, and from anywhere. The website owner can login to the site, and update their text, photographs etc, whenever they want.What is CMS?

A Content Management System (CMS) is a website that can be updated at any time, and from anywhere. The website owner can login to the site, and update their text, photographs etc, whenever they want.

Our CMS software is as easy to use as Microsoft Word, and this gives you complete control over the content of your website. You can create as many pages as you like, and this will help hugely with your search engine rankings; each time a search engine crawls your site, it loves to see fresh and updated content. Using our CMS system is extremely easy, and as part of our package we provide you with full training and telephone support, ensuring that you get the most from your website.

A CMS website is the cornerstone upon which you can build your internet presence.