Here are the three three elements you’ll need to have your own website:
Imogen Ragone has designed a great many websites for Alexander Technique teachers – you can see examples of her work on the right. Or you may prefer to use a web designer you already know.
In general, the kind of material you might use for a promotional flyer is exactly what will be of use in designing your site. A website can easily be structured to include additional content such as articles, multiple photographs, testimonials etc. It is the designer’s job to put your material in a format suitable for a website.
2. A Domain Name
This your unique internet address – alexandertechnique.com and alextechhost.com are examples of domain names. While there are a great many companies – called domain name registrars – that sell domain names, I’ve found that 1&1 offers the best value, both in terms of price and because if offers a free privacy add-on that most other registrars charge extra for. This free service is very useful for reducing email spam.
If you wish, I can talk you through the registration process, step by step, by phone as it can be a little tricky if you’re not familiar with ordering domain names.
3. Website Hosting
That’s what this site is mostly about.
When you host your website with me, you will receive a level of personal attention that you cannot otherwise get. I will take care of all the technical details of setting up you hosting account, including such things as installing WordPress if you chose to have a WordPress site. I will also create an account that allows you and Imogen (or your web designer) to upload your site so it will be available on the web and I’ll take care of whatever features you want in connection with your site – for example a statistics page or a webmail account.
As an added bonus, if you host your site with me, you can get a free audio interview about you and your teaching which you can make available on your site – a $40 value. This is a great way to introduce yourself to potential students. You can see examples of other teachers’ interviews here.
Also, for no extra hosting charge, you can host several OTHER websites, each with their own unique web address, on your account. These could include a blog site, or a website relating to separate professional activities of yours. For example if you also teach Tai Chi or Yoga, you could have a separate website devoted to just that field. Or you could host family members’ websites. The only additional cost to you is $10/year or so for each of the extra domain names.
This is an important feature, not just because of the cost savings, but because on the web it’s far more effective to have separate websites for separate subjects that you’re involved with.
And finally, when you host your website with me, you help pay for the costs (and time!) associated with maintaining my Alexander Technique websites.
FAQs has more information about hosting your website with me.