Your Business Website as a Labor Saver

1st Labor Day in NYCHappy Labor Day!

In honor of the holiday (and the fact that you’re not likely to be doing a lot of heavy web hosting reading today), we’re giving you a quick list of some ways you can save labor when creating your website, along with some labor-saving features of a business website from EarthLink.

  1. Professional website design: The ultimate labor saving strategy for you – have someone else do it for you. With this professional design option, our web experts take care of everything needed to launch your website while you take care of your business. Ongoing, monthly website design and copywriting maintenance is also included to save you the labor for upkeep.
  2. Website builder: The next best thing (in terms of labor) to having someone else create your website for you would be to use our super-simple, template-driven EasySiteWizard Pro website builder. Just pick a template that fits your business, enter some information about your business, and click to publish a good-looking 3-page site.
  3. Location information: When your website prominently displays location information, perhaps including online maps and directions, you not only encourage visits to your store or office, you reduce the need to answer the phone to provide this information.
  4. Hours: Questions about your business hours can drive calls and staffing needs. Offering this information online can cut phone labor.
  5. Mobile website: Mobile websites that offer smartphone users the information they need without calling you extends the labor-saving benefits of the previous two bullets.
  6. SEO: The more you are able to get your website to rank “organically” in the main Google or Bing search results, the less extra work you’re going to need to do to market your business. Our SEO tools help EarthLink Web Hosting customers optimize their websites for search engine rankings. Not only that, you can use them to submit your site to more than 60 online business directories and search engines all at once – saving you time and effort.
  7. Social media: Save time promoting your business on social networks. EarthLink Web Hosting customers can easily manage multiple social media accounts from one simple interface and post to Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn simultaneously.
  8. Email marketing: Announcer Pro reduces the time and effort needed to set up and track an email marketing campaign.

We hope you have a great Labor Day with family and friends.

How to Add a Website Photo Gallery

photo gallery demo - coppermine website photo gallery

Want to add a photo gallery to your website? How about a slideshow?

If you’re an EarthLink Web Hosting customer, it’s simple with the Coppermine Photo Gallery. Coppermine is integrated into your Web Hosting Control Center, which makes it easy to use with your EarthLink-hosted website.

Here’s how to get started with Coppermine Photo Gallery:

  1. Sign into your Web Hosting Control Center at https://control.earthlink.net with your web hosting domain nameusername and password.
  2. From the Build tab, click on the Coppermine Gallery icon.
  3. Click Install Coppermine Gallery.
  4. Fill in any required fields listed under Application Configuration (Database user and Database Name may be filled in already), enter your Administrator details, and select a directory for installation or create a new directory then click the bottom button to install Coppermine.
  5. After the installation finishes, click the Go to Coppermine Gallery link to open your new gallery page in a new browser window and get started customizing it.
  6. Click the Config button to get access to all your photo gallery settings and preferences. You’ll want to adjust many of these before you start uploading pictures. You can add a gallery name and description, change the gallery theme, define the width of the main table for your images, choose the number of albums to display and the number of columns for the album list, set the size of thumbnails (in pixels), choose to show a caption below thumbnails, set the maximum length for an image description, choose to create intermediate pictures and set how big they should be, specify allowed file types, and much more.
  7. Click the Categories button to set up categories for your photo albums.
  8. Click the Albums button to create Albums within your categories.
  9. Click Groups if you want to change permissions for the default groups: Administrators (you, for now), Registered, Guests, and Banned.
  10. Click Users to add users; at this point, you or whoever you designated as your administrator will be the only user.
  11. Now you should be ready to add your photos. Simply click the Upload file link at the top of the gallery page. You can upload up to five photos at a time. Click the Choose File button to find photos on your computer to upload. Or enter the full URL pointing to an image online that you wish to use. Click Continue when you have selected all the images.
  12. You should now see a confirmation that files were uploaded. Click Continue to add those files to the albums you have created. Use the menu to choose an album name, then title the file/photo, enter a description, and choose keywords. Click continue until you’ve done this for all files you are uploading. Click the Upload file link again if you need to upload more photos.
  13. When you are logged in as an administrator, you can click on any of the photos to crop or rotate them, edit the file information (change the title, change or add a description, add keywords, delete comments, etc.), or delete the files. Other visitors can click on images to rate them.

There are many, many ways to customize and modify your website photo gallery over time, but the instructions above should point you in the right direction. Good luck.

Website Design is Easy with EarthLink Web Hosting

Website design is an important part of your business, since it’s (often) the first thing customers see when they start to experience your brand.  Because not everyone has the same needs, EarthLink Web Hosting has two possibilities to make sure you’re started off right.

These plans are “do-it-yourself” or “do-it-for-me” (with a professional designer). Choose a Do-It-Yourself web hosting plan to use our tools, which includes a free point-and-click website builder (or store builder for eCommerce sites) with optional templates to choose from to quickly create and publish your business website or online store!  (There’s also a WordPress option to so you can easily add a blog to your site!)

If you’re a more seasoned web developer, EarthLink offers a Joomla!® Installer for you to manage your content.  (Or you could code your site completely from scratch if you know how or have a friend or coworker do it for you.)

So EarthLink has a “Do-It-Yourself” option, no matter your level of experience!

(NOTE: EarthLink’s Do-It-Yourself web hosting plans include a FREE domain name for 1 year, SEO tools, email marketing, social media integration, a 1-page mobile website, and more!)

If you want your website built for you, select an EarthLink Do-It-For-Me web hosting plan.  These plans guarantee you a custom, professionally designed website.

After a one-on-one consultation to understand your website needs, professional designers will create an attractive and effective 5-page business website for you.

(NOTE: EarthLink’s Design & Marketing packages include Search Engine Optimization tools, copywriting services, site maintenance, email marketing options, social media integration, a 3-page mobile website, and more!)

Browse EarthLink’s web hosting and ecommerce hosting plans to find the one that fits your needs.  You can also call us, toll-free, at 1-800-201-8615!

Professional Website Design on a Budget

Save money on professional website designSome people would always rather do it themselves.

So, when they are ready to get a website for their business, they really want to build their own website too.

Other people prefer to rely on experts.

They’d rather have a professional web designer create a website for them to make sure everything is done right.

The problem comes when then they look into how much a professionally designed website can cost – $600, $700, $1,000, even $5,000 depending on the type of site – and they realize they can’t afford the steep upfront cost of a professionally designed website.

EarthLink Web Hosting has a solution for all those people that would rather have a professional web designer take care of everything for them: designing and completely setting up the website, and even providing ongoing website maintenance and updates.

It’s our suite of affordable Design & Marketing Websites.

With all of our website design plans (Standard, Premium & Ecommerce), you would start with a one-on-one consultation with one of our top-flight web designers who would then create your business website or ecommerce web store based on your specific needs.

But instead of paying hundreds or thousands of dollars upfront for the professional website design and then having your regular web hosting service charges on top of that, EarthLink Web Hosting simply charges a little more per month for your web hosting for the first year. After your first year of web hosting, your monthly hosting fee goes down dramatically.

That’s right – with EarthLink there’s zero upfront cost to have one of our web design pros design and build your website.

This makes it easy for most people to afford a professionally designed website.

Learn more about our professional website design plans and then give us a call at 1-800-201-8615 (8:00AM to 1:00AM ET).

You’ll be able to speak with a consultant who can walk you through the process of getting started with our Professional Website Design & Marketing web hosting plans.