So your website is done. Every page is has all of the relevant data, and all of the images where you want them. It’s structurally sound enough, but something is missing… You can’t figure it out, what is it that is missing from your pages?
Your data is on the page, but is it aesthetically pleasing? The site is disseminating information, but are you looking for a more socially-centered viewing experience? Your web hosting
account has hundreds of files, but do you really want to manage them by hand every time you need to make an update?
Are you making the most of your website hosting
This is a great time to take advantage of some popular scripts. Scripts are software packages that perform specific tasks. They allow you to get more bang for your buck by maximizing your website’s potential. Scripts are as tiny as those hit counters that were so popular in the 1990’s, to massive content management systems that grant you control of all of the information in your website.
The best part is that you can simply use the Install Popular Scripts tool to quickly and easily add one of these convenient scripts, so you don’t need to be a computer science major- you just click on what you want. Most times, you’re granted access to upgrade them whenever necessary.
Of course you’re wondering about what should be available, and the scripts available for use on hosting accounts are as varied and numerous as there are websites to run them on, so let’s go over a few.
One of the best aspects of having a website is that it can generate revenue for you with minimal interaction from you. There’s not much better than easy money, but there’s nothing worse than having to set up your own shopping cart. Well, you’re in luck, because Oscommerce and Tomatocart are only two of the time-and-frustration saving tools available to you. Most of the hard work is done, now all you have to do is fill those cupcake orders.
Social networking is a phrase that you hear daily. It’s not just a meaningless buzzword that gets tossed around- it’s a proven method to drive visitors to your website, and keep them coming back. One of the most painless ways to do that is with a forum like Bbpress or Phpbb. You manage the conversations, or even assign moderators to do the work for you. Then just sit back, and watch your site get busy!
Want to share your brilliance with the world? Flex your writing muscles with a blog. Installing blog software like Serendipity or WordPress into your hosting account allows you to have an ongoing conversation with your readers. Update as often as you need, change up the entire appearance, look, and feel on a whim. You are in complete control, and able to bring your words to life with freedom that you can’t get anywhere else.
In short: your website may be good as it is right now, but if you aren’t running scripts on your hosting account, you aren’t getting every bit of your money’s worth.