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Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Freelance Translator Website: Is It Worth Having One?

A Freelance Translator Website: Is It Worth Having One?

Your freelance translation business needs include promotion, and an Internet website is an excellent way to provide a consistent method to gain exposure for your services. However, you need to review your options to taking your freelance translation services online, so that you will not become overwhelmed.

Creating a simple website can be accomplished within a reasonable amount of time. There are many domain name/web hosting packages available to help you get your website online. In addition, the number of web authoring software packages that work from the “what you see is what you get” approach has increased tremendously in the last three years; you can design a five page website in one evening if you have all of your required information ready.

However, what many people do not realize is that there is more to having a website than just the basics discussed in the last paragraph, websites require maintenance, which can be time consuming and you have to also keep your eye on the ball to make sure that your website is being indexed properly by the search engines.

If designing a site is a task that you are not comfortable doing, there are many professional website designers for hire at reasonable rates that will do this work for you. The most important aspect of working with a website designer is to be sure that they are competent and that you give them a clear understanding of what you require from your site along with the budget you have to spend for the project.

Some website designers will also work as webmasters; maintaining your site, fixing errors and listing your site with the search engines. Seeking a package of services from a website designer is the best way to stretch your budget and gain the benefits of website exposure.