Create Your Dream Website

Step 1 – Tell us about your dream website

Fill in our enquiry form, give us a call or send an email. We will usually contact you within 24 hours and arrange a free, non-obligation meeting in person or phone.

Step 2 – We create your design

We ask that you provide company logos, colours and pictures. If you do not have some or all of these, we can create them for you. We understand that the look of your website is extremely important, so we take the time to get it right. If you are not happy with the designs, we start again and create more designs until we find one that you like.

Step 3 – Code/build your dream website

We involve you at key steps along the way to make sure that you are happy with the direction your website is heading. At this step we ask for you to provide us with text for the website. No one knows your business like you do, but if you need assistance with text we can provide it for you.

Step 4 – Revisions and finishing touches

Once we have finished development, we put your website on our staging server where you are able to look at it and show it to family, friends and colleagues before the website goes “live” – for all to see.

Step 5 – Your website goes “live”

Once you are completely satisfied we make your website live. Ultimately, our goal is for you to love your website! At this step we also submit your website to major search engines.

CMS – How to resize photos

Why do we need to do this?

Before you upload photos to the website, you should make sure that they are optimised for the Internet.

Most cameras these days take photos at 5 megapixels and beyond. This is far too big for the web, and may impact the speed at which your page loads.

How do I resize photos?

I recommend that you use a free program from Google called Picasa to batch process resizing many photos at once, and in nearly no time at all. It makes a backup of your original photos (so you won’t lose them), and places your web-ready photos in a new folder. To download and install Picasa, follow these steps:

  1. Download Picasa
  2. Click “Run” and wait for it to download
  3. Install the program
  4. Open Picasa, and wait for it to search your computer for images
  5. Now that you have Picasa installed, to resize your images/photos follow these steps:
  6. Select all the photos that you would like to use on the website
  7. Go to “File” and then click “Export Photos to Folder…” (see image below)
  8. Set the location and folder for exported files (I have chosen to make a new folder on the Desktop called “For Web”)
  9. Set image size options: A good size is 300 pixels.
  10. Set image quality to Normal
  11. Click “OK” and wait for the process to finish

Once that’s finished, you now have photos ready to upload to the website. Make sure you “Browse” to the folder you just created when you upload.

CMS – How to use the page editor

Word-like tools

Most of the functions of our CMS page editor are similar to Microsoft Word, as you can see below:

Uploading photos

To upload photos, follow these steps:

  1. Position the cursor where you would like the image to go
  2. Click the “Insert/Edit Image” button
  3. Insert/Edit image button
  4. Select the third tab – “Upload”
  5. Click “Browse” and find the file on your computer to upload
  6. Click “Send it to server” and wait to receive confirmation
  7. Click “OK” and then “OK”

Creating links

To create links, follow these steps:

Link to a page, email or website:

For this example, we will create a link to the Drawstring homepage:

  1. Type text and select it, or select an image (this will be what your visitors will click)
  2. Click “Insert/Edit Link”
  3. Insert/Edit Link button
  4. Type the address for the link
    Tip: If it’s a page on your existing website, you can remove the domain name. For example, “www.drawstring.com.au/default.php?page=500”, you can just type “/default.php?page=500”
  5. Click “OK” and then “OK”

Link to a file

Type text and select it, or select an image (this will be what your visitors will click)

  1. Click “Insert/Edit Link”
  2. Insert/Edit Link button
  3. Select the third tab – “Upload”
  4. Click “Browse” and find the file on your computer to upload – it can be doc, pdf, xls, and more
  5. Click “Send it to server” and wait to receive confirmation
  6. Click “OK” and then “OK”

Tables

To create a table, follow these steps:

  1. Click the “Insert/Edit Table” button
  2. Insert/Edit Table button
  3. Type the number of columns and rows you would like the table to have.
    Tip: You can add columns and rows as you are editing it later, so don’t worry too much.
  4. Choose the width
    Tip: Perhaps around 500 pixels, or leave this box empty to allow the system to attempt to size it automatically based on the information you enter.
  5. I recommend you remove the border. Set this to zero
  6. Click “OK”

You can now start typing into the table.

Tip: Use the arrow keys to move from cell to cell. The tab key will not work.

Using Webmail

To access your emails anywhere in the world, you can use Drawstring Webmail.

Where can I find it?

Webmail is accessible in two ways:

  • webmail.drawstring.com.au
  • yourdomain.com/webmail

Logging in

Login with your:

  • full email address
  • and password

Using webmail

Your email folders appear down the left, and will tell you if you have any new emails.Simply click the folder you would like to view to view a listing of all emails.

New email

To compose a new email, click “Compose” – found at the top of the page.

Search emails

To search your emails, click “Search” – found at the top of the page next to “Help”.

 

How to configure your email

In Microsoft Outlook, go to “Tools” and then “Account Settings”

  1. Click “New…”
  2. Check “Manually configure server settings” and click “Next”
  3. Select “Internet E-mail” and click “Next”
  4. Fill in the details using the below as an example
    • Account type: POP3
    • Incoming mail server: mail.drawstring.com.au
    • Outgoing mail server: Your ISP’s mail server (eg, mail.bigpond.com)
    • Username: Full email address (eg, yourname@example.com)
    • Password: Your password

You can also access your account online here — webmail.drawstring.com.au