Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Website Design and Online Marketing Course - Day 1

Early this morning I went to Sungai Petani, Kedah to attend a course on Website Design and Online Marketing. I blogged about it a few days ago and I can't believe  that the day finally came today for me to attend it. Actually, deep inside, I couldn't be more excited as I've never attended a course that is related to website design and online marketing before. So it's a pretty awesome feeling!!

My Mom and Aunt accompanied me there. As usual, they don't trust that I can go there all by myself.....especially my Mom who is always so worried that her daughter might get kidnapped along the way. LOL! But seriously, with all the crazy things happening these days.....who wouldn't be worried ya? So they dropped me there at the hotel and headed for their shopping activities in Sungai Petani. It's not always that they get to travel in that area.....so they took the chance to enjoy themselves at the shopping complexes while I get busy with the course hehehe. :)

The course was held at the Swiss Inn Hotel in Sungai Petani, Kedah. The person conducting the course was Mr. Robert Paragasam, the founder of Starz Smart Business. The course is actually a 2 days course, that starts from 10.00am till 6.00pm respectively. So today's course concentrated mostly on the Website Design. I couldn't be happier because this is something that I've always wanted to learn about. Honestly, I've always wanted to make my own website.....don't get me wrong....just because I want to learn how to make my own website does not mean that I will leave my blogs.......coz I do love blogging....it's just that I would love to take that next step for my online handmade card business. And today....that dream came true for me.  I must say that what I learned today was a real eye opener. I felt like all this time I was asleep.....sleeping while everybody else had their eyes wide open in the online world. Today, I was awaken. Finally.....asleep no more.

Here are the topics that we manage to cover from 10.00am till 6.00pm today:

1) Introduction to Online Businesses
2) Getting Your Own Domain and Web Hosting
3) Learning to to use Kompozer (Web Editor)
4) Learning to use FileZilla
5) Creating Your First Website and Uploading It
6) Working with Fonts
7) Working with Images
8) Embedding Videos
9) Making Your Website Receive Payments using Paypal
10) Creating a Professional Marketing or Corporate Website in Minutes

Basically, Robert's way of conducting the course was amazingly easy for me to comprehend. For people like me who are not that IT savvy, I must say, it was very well planned and straight to the point! He showed me how easy it was to build my own website. Of course, at first I had some problems remembering the steps....but with much practice, it was a fun thing for me to play with. I just love the fact that there is so much of freedom involved when we can build our own website. It's so liberating! 

I also wanted to share here how happy I am that I can now use PayPal!!! You have no idea how long I wanted to have this service at my business blog! I was so ignorant about it all this while until I came to know Robert and he was the one who helped me find my way with PayPal. All this time I never knew that I was suppose to make my debit card internet transaction enabled. Now that it's settled, how incredibly easy payments can be made through this wonderful service. I can now receive payments from customers from any part of the world! Super! 

I can't wait to learn about online marketing tomorrow!!!! Woooooohooooooo!

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Anonymous said...

Hi, Lin.

I am very excited for you because you are so excited.

Wishing you lots of luck with your upcoming website. I hope it brings you tons of business!

Have you thought about selling your cards at Etsy? All kidns of people are selling cards and other things that they make themselves.

Check out this one - Seasonal Delights. She is very successful with her handmade cards - http://www.etsy.com/shop/seasonaldelights

All the best to you.


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Azlina Abdul said...

Hello Barb..

Thank you for letting me know about Etsy. I've never tried it before. Will think about it! Thank you for the link too, I'll check it out!

Thank you for being excited with me heheheh! I do hope that I'll be able to create my own website soon! Will inform it here once I do so! :)