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Creating A Well-Established Public Transport Web Site With High Level of Visitors: Part I


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Preface

Creating a well-established Public Transport web site is not easy thing to do.

Today there are more and more web sites about public transport in many places. Each site has its own attraction area and characteristics. Generally, the aims and objectives of a Public traffic web site are:

- Provide precise information of Pubic Transport so that the readers can easier to find and use the selected Public Transport to access their desired destinations.

- Provide the background history of a particular Public Transport for transport enthaustics.

You would think of a question: "Why do the web surfers must visit your site?" Now, let me see how you can establish a good personal public transport web site with high level of visitors. This includes the hardware, software and back-end aspects. We would discuss the back-end support aspects first.

Back-End Aspects Need to Be Noticed

Define Target Visitors. Ask yourself some questions: What geographical area would the target visitors? What would be the languages of the target visitors? Don't ignore this aspect, as you have to select a Web Hosting Vendor at the location of your target audiences to host your Public Transport web site. This would also affect what languages would be offered for the web site.

Define the Boundary of Information. This defines what level your Public Transport information would provide. You have to make sure the information would attract the interest of your target visitors. Usually, rich contents would attract the new visitors by referral of web site to their friends.

Choose A Suitable Web Hosting Vendor. Each Web Hosting Vendor would have different service details, including capacity limits, number of e-mail accounts provided, backup support, etc. Usually well-established vendors would provide good after-sales office for their subscribers. Free hosting vendor can be used, but they may have various restrictions, such as bandwidth limits (say 20MB daily), advertisements pop-ups, and / or low capacities.

Establish Your Own Domain Name. A good and easy-remember domain name is essential to establish your own brand of your public Transport web site. There are several things to be noted:

1. Domain name is not restricted to .com, .net, .org and newer trend of domain names like .tv, .info, etc. are becoming more and more popular. Usually easy-remembered web sites are always targets of auction or competitors. Thus securing a good domain name is very essential for establishing the image of your web site.

2. You can buy domain names similar to your business name to prevent competitors from owning them and tainting your fruitful results by using these domain names. For example, if you own a domain name called domainname.com, you can buy domainnames.com, domainnames.net, domainnames.tv, etc. What if you let someone buy domainnames.com and this person is engaging in unethical business? Do you think it has an adverse effect to your Web site domainname.com?

3. When you apply the domain name, usually it would be accompanied with the right of establish sub-domains. You can buy some extra domain names to develop some simple sub-sites. Each of these sub-sites has a link pointing to your main Web site. It can improve your link popularity, which is a more and more important criteria of how search engines rank Web sites. In addition, each of these sub-sites can serve your Web site promotion purpose. E.g. a sub-site is using for banner exchange, and another one is using for link exchange.

4. For different site contents, for example bus and railways, it is recommended to purchase additional domain for make your web site more focused on specific topic and increase readabililty.

Next time we would discuss the aspects of hardware and software in detail.

The whole article can also be seen in http://hkairport.681busterminal.com/en/articles.html.

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Were you talking about public transport enthusiast websites, or public transport company websites?

This includes details which are important for almost any website, not just a public transport one. :angry:

This is discussion about public transport enthusiast websites from my past years of hosting such web sites.

From my experiences, many public transport enthusiast websites have been located at web hosting space like Yahoo or Geocities, or some vendors providing free hosting like Netfirms, which is not very good for future development by limited space and various restrictions. This kind of web sites usually do not have good support on image branding, so I would like to share them with all wanting to host such sites.

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This is discussion about public transport enthusiast websites from my past years of hosting such web sites.

From my experiences, many public transport enthusiast websites have been located at web hosting space like Yahoo or Geocities, or some vendors providing free hosting like Netfirms, which is not very good for future development by limited space and various restrictions. This kind of web sites usually do not have good support on image branding, so I would like to share them with all wanting to host such sites.

Can't forget the annoying popups that go with some of those sites.

One thing that gets me the most after a few years of coding HTML myself is people (not just transit-related but any site on the internet) not linking back to their homepage. How do they expect people to check out the rest of their site when it looks like that one page is sitting all alone by itself? A website as a whole should be nicely networked together to provide easy navigating.

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Can't forget the annoying popups that go with some of those sites.

One thing that gets me the most after a few years of coding HTML myself is people (not just transit-related but any site on the internet) not linking back to their homepage. How do they expect people to check out the rest of their site when it looks like that one page is sitting all alone by itself? A website as a whole should be nicely networked together to provide easy navigating.

This would involve usability issues which I would write my views in my later articles. Also the hardware and software issues would be also discussed.

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