NetBest Internet Services opened it's doors in Dallas Texas in 1996. Shortly after our opening, we relocated the business to picturesque North Idaho and have been here for a bit more than fifteen years.

Our commitment is to bring high quality, affordable "Websites That Work" to those we serve.


CONSIDERING A WEBSITE?

Establishing an Internet Presence is an important business effort. Take the time to look around, ask questions, and be informed!
  • Have a plan.
    • What do you want to accomplish on the Internet?
    • How do you want to manage your Internet Presence?
  • Know your Internet Service Provider, it's cost, service features and limitations.
  • Remember, high-tech is good.. to a point. The bleeding edge of technology can be just that.
  • Keep your message clear and to the point.
  • Small, fast-loading pages encourage visitors to stay... long, slow-loading pages encourage visitors to "move on".
  • Know your Webster.
    • If you are going to undertake your own web design and maintenance, be prepared to spend considerable time on the effort, be sure you understand the process and use a good Web Design tool set.
Please understand that the Internet is ONLY PART of a comprehensive Business Plan.
Remember Ongoing Support and Marketing

It's not enough to build a site. "Build it and they will come" may work in "Field of Dreams" but it isn't likely on the Internet.  

Update your site content regularly.  Keep it interesting and to the point.

Search engines, Link engines and web Directory submissions are helpful.  Link exchanges can be an excellent way of gaining "link popularity".  

Negotiate with associates, related businesses, suppliers and clients to exchange links between your site and theirs.  Remember to link ONLY with those you would trust with your business and treat them the same in return.

Social Networks (Face Book, Twitter, etc.) can also bring focused visitors to your website.  This approach may require significant time and resources to be effective.

e-commerce

For Business web sites, shopping cart and "Credit Card" (merchant accounts) processing are issues that needs further discussion. While it is easy enough to provide a "Form" presentation to the user to be completed as part of an order, the actual Card Validation, etc. is often a manual process.  Transaction processing is available through processing "gateways" (e.g. Authorize.net), they usually must be integrated into your "shopping cart solution" and there is a cost associated with these processes.

From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure. The size of a business will determine the specific compliance requirements that must be met. Note that enforcement of merchant compliance is managed by the individual payment brands and not by the Council – the same is true for non-compliance penalties. More information is available at www.pcisecuritystandards.org.

We can recommend excellent providers for these services.
More to think about:

You may not have to pay additional monthly charges if you place your page on your current provider's network.   As we are not informed of limitations or service advantages provided by all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and, since many ISPs are in a very dynamic service and pricing mode; you should inquire about the following:
  • What type of server is used and, especially, how is it connected to the Internet (High Speed Digital Technologies include ISDN, T1, DS3, OC3, etc.)?
  • How much space comes with your account? (personal sites are usually very limited here)
  • Does File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access come with your account?
  • Are "Forms", "Autoresponders" and "Counters" Supported? (CGI Programs)
  • Can you add or updated scripts within a "cgi-bin" directory?
  • How can your space be accessed? (by you or your agent or restricted to ISP personnel)
  • If you intend to do business, are there prohibitions on commerce on your page area?
  • If your's is a Business Page, are there any ISP sponsored or provided services that support "commerce" on the Internet?

Note:

If you are new to the Internet or are not comfortable with maintaining your site, it is important to consider assistance from a professional web designer service.  NetBest Internet Services would be happy to discuss this with you.

P R O C E S S

  • Know the "big picture" - Your message, your goals and purposes.
  • Understand that a "web presence" is an ongoing effort and that there will be an ongoing requirement associated with having one.
  • Determine your resources for designing, maintaining and promoting your web site.
  • Once you begin, maintain your focus on the effort.  Don't let your message become obscure or stale.