Internet Presence

Let's look at some of the other reasons for having a website. According to Internetworldstats, there are around 1.4 billion people in the world using the internet, and in the U.S. around 73% of the population has been exposed to the internet in some form or another. That is a large pool of potential costumers, something that is hard to ignore. So a good reason for having a website is INTERNET PRESENCE To be part of the world internet community is exciting. Never before in the history of the world has it been so easy and possible for someone to be exposed to a world audience. The Internet has been called the great leveler. It has enabled the small business to compete with the likes of Sears, Macy's or other big-container businesses. It also has enabled the common man to have his voice heard. The advent of the blog and social networking has introduced to the world many new commentators that otherwise would have never been heard.

Personal and Business Networking

In the past one of the ways to network with other people was to hand them your business card and ask them to contact you later. By no means should we abandon that method totally, but the possibilities have increased with the advent of the Internet. A lot of business happens when two or more people get together. The problem arises when the person does not have the time to stand in the pouring rain, or on a hot sunny day stand on a street corner and get up to date on what your business is all about. How much more effective it would be to for you to able to say, "Here is my internet address, just check out my website if you are interested!" In a way, having a website is like being able to hand out your business card to thousands and thousands of people and being available 24/7.


Questions to ask yourself before you start a website.

What is the goal of the organization?
What are the goals of the website and how does it support the goals of your organization?
When was the organization founded and who does the organization serve?
Why does the organization need a website? Does a website already exist, or is this a newsite?
Who will be maintaining the website?
What will the visitors want from your website and how are you going to deliver their desires?