YAV offers a wide selection of fully functional templates for your website. First, each YAV Hosting account comes with Fantastico, and one of Fantastico's many features is a library of free templates from Templates Express. You will find the widest selection by far, at Templates.YAV.com.
Do you need help customizing templates you obtain from any of the sites above? If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the online chat options on our support page. Or use this listing of graphic designers by state to find what you need nearby.
Dozens of easy-to-use tools included with every hosting account
Each YAV Hosting account comes with Cpanel and Cpanel provides automated tools to set up shopping carts, bulletin boards, and chat features including chatrooms, and more. For a demo of cPanel log in with the user name: demo and the password: demo to the Control Panel Demo.
Website stats pre-installed with every hosting account
Each YAV hosting account includes pre-installed site counters that provide much information about your visitors.
Fantastico Deluxe included with every hosting account
Each YAV Hosting account comes with Fantasitco Deluxe. Besides the website templates mentioned above, Fantastico provides one-button installation of many usefull features to your website. Most installations take mere seconds and can be performed by novices without any foreknowledge of the procedure. Some of the features that Fantastico will automatically install for you are:
- Blog Scripts such as b2evolution, nucleus, and WordPress.
- Contente management and portal system tools such as Drupal, Geeklog, mamboserver, phpnuke, phpWCMS, phpwebsie, postnuke, Siteframe, and Xoops.
- Customer Support Scripts like Crafty Syntax LiveHelp, Help Center Live, osTickets, Triangle Solutions, and Support Logic.
- Discussion boards driven by phpbb and inVision.
- E-Commerce Scripts including CubeCart and osCommerce.
- F.A.Q. scripts: FAQ MAster Flex
- Images Galleries such as 4images Gallery and Coppermine.
- Mailing List Scripts: phpList
- Polls and Survey Scripts: phpESP and phpSurveyor.
- Project Management scripts: dot.Project.net and phpProjekt groupware.
- Wiki Scripts: phpWiki and TikiWiki
- And miscellaneous scripts such as moodle (a course management system for educators), Noah's Classifieds, Open-Realty, PHPauction, phpCoin (billing and invoicing), and phoLiks.
Tools for promoting your site with search engines
If you are serious about increasing your ranking with search engines you need to do a little work. Some tools can make this job much easier.
MetaTags: You've probably heard about MetaTags and the importance of KEYWORD metatags in particular. Overture.com offers a free Keyword Selector Tool.
WordTracker is a newer, more feature-rich, keyword phrase analysis tool. This is particularly important if you are bidding on clicks. You can take WordTracker for a trial run, or subscribe (1 day = $7.33, 1 week = $24.44, 1 month = $48.87, and 1 year = $244.35). There is even a book about WordTracker called WordTracker Magic to help you use the program
MetaTag Management in Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9: Our own MetaTag Manager was once named one of the top ten Web Designer Utilities ($30 -- runs in Classic Mode under OSX).
SearchEngineWatch: To keep up to date with changing search engine optimization strategies, you may want to subscribe to SearchEngineWatch.com, the most comprehensive website devoted to search engines information (6 months = $69, 12 months = $99).
Traffick.com: Traffick.com is an "Internet Search Enlightenment" blog. Very informative.
Selling your site: "Why just build a website? Build a website that works!" The slogan of SiteSell.com says it all. Site Build It! is one of the best online web-marketing courses available.
Sponsored search advertisting is another way to bring people to your site. If you have used Yahoo! you've probably seen Yahoo! Local Sponsored Search advertising. Drive business from the Web to your door. Sign up and get a $20 bonus.
SelfPromotion.com: Check out SelfPromotion.com. It's a resource for do-it-yourselfers where you can learn to prepare your pages for the search engines, then use a sophisticated url submission robot to submit your webpages to all the important search engines and directories. You'll also find tutorials about website promotion, submitting to yahoo, and much more. Best of all, you can use the site for free -- if you like it, pay what YOU think it's worth!
ROI: The "bottom line" is ROI (Return On Investment). Maximize your marketing ROI with Yahoo! Sponsored Search. Sign up here and get a $25 credit.
Toll-Free phone number: Here's a tip: Get a toll-free (800, 888, 877, or 866) number for as little as $2 per month, including forwarding, voicemail, autorouting, "follow-me," email notification, and faxing. Use the same service we did: Kall8.
Are you new to all this?: If you are just getting started with websites, the best introductory book we've found is Web Design Workshop by John Tollett, Robin Williams, and David Rohr. If you are a little more advanced and want to take web promotion to the max, you should read (and implement) 101 Ways to Promote Your Web Site by Susan Sweeney.
Two of our favorite books about search engine optimization:
More Books about Search Engine Optimization: