VirtualMV/Internet and Web/Site Maintenance
|Internet and Web|
|Theory||Introduction | What is HTML? | Client Server ecosystem | Glossary | History and Future | How the Internet works | Types of Website | Markup Languages | Interactive Websites ||
|Web Tools||Web Browsers | Search Engines (SEO Optimization) | World Wide Web (Hypertext and Page) | Cookies | Email | Discussion Forums | FTP | (SSH, IRC)|
|Technologies||Connecting | Broadband | Mobile | Web Conferencing | Intranets, Extranets, Tunneling | Gateway Servers ||
|Issues||Security | Legal (Privacy, Confidentiality, Integrity) | Copyright and Fairdealing | Accessibility | Culture and Netiquette ||
|Web Site Development||Planning ( Types | For Mobile) | Development (Design Components | Graphic Design) | Programming | Hosting | Marketing and Promotion | Advertising | Business Intelligence | Monitoring and Maintenance (Performance Tuning)|
|Web Site Management||Roles | Management | User Expectations | Content Management | Site Maintenance | Policies and Guidelines | Promotion | Risk Management|
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When maintaining your website always consider what small enhancements can be made, such as:
- adding further text to what is already there (not just updating) – eg providing better explanations & adding to the number of frequently asked questions
- adding new images, video, audio – eg providing a video demonstration of a product or artefact
providing new content by hotlinking to free streaming content – eg news, time and weather feeds
- adding new links – eg adding to the hotlinks to other sites and providing expanded explanations about the hotlinks
- promoting more aggressively – eg registering the site with search engines that you have never registered with before, increasing the number of reciprocal links with other sites.
A technical maintenance list might include :
- the speed of the site
- hotlinks to other sites – eg validity of the hotlinks
- the reliability of the web server – includes dealing with error reports from the web server
- the speed and reliability of information derived from the database
- email lists – includes removing faulty email addresses
- user sessions, hits and traffic through the site
- the exporting of data collected from online forms to the appropriate personnel
- the integrity and performance of the e-commerce system, if applicable
Budgeting for maintenance
- The cost of maintaining your website over a 12 month period needs to be estimated and the money allocated so that the website has every chance of achieving its goals.
- Many businesses make the mistake of only considering the cost of developing a new website and forget the cost of annual maintenance.
- For some businesses the maintenance costs are not high, for others they can far exceed the development cost. No matter what the cost, annual budgeting for maintenance is very important.
- The website budget should be considered along with everything else at budget time. It might be listed as a unique item in the overall budget and given its own allocation.