A few years ago, it would have been next to impossible for a HTML
illiterate to design a website. Today, you no longer need a geeky
computer wizard to develop web pages for your business. Microsoft
FrontPage, Adobe Page Mill, Netscape Designer, Macromedia Dream-
weaver and other easy-to-use Web page editors, some of which are
offered free on the Net such as Chami.com (www.chami.com)'s
HTML kit, allow even non - programmers with zero HTML and
scripting knowledge, to create professional looking sites with
photos and forms.
These softwares include their own set of designer templates for
a variety of documents. These pre-designed formats for documents
include placeholders (grid lines, boxes, 'dummy' text) for key
elements such as text and graphics. All we need do is to add our
own text and graphics and to choose the appropriate typefaces.
So why aren't all small businesses with limited budgets using
these applications as a low-cost solution to showcase their products
and services? Perhaps they do not have the time to learn these
applications by trial and error, or the owners themselves need
a personal tutor beside them to guide them every step of the way.
Many Malaysians, especially adults with little IT knowledge, prefer
to have a tutor to show them just how to accomplish certain tasks
rather than to fiddle around with the software or use the Help
bar when they're stuck, said Fione Tan, president and chief executive
officer of eOneNet.com Sdn Bhd, an e-business and e-marketing
enabler headquartered at Megan Phileo Promenade, Kuala Lumpur.
An intuitive businesswoman, Tan has tapped into this market with
the aid of the company's own set of designer templates known as
Web Creator. Small, personalised hands-on Web design classes using
the company's software are held at eOneNet's office for both companies
and individuals interested in designing their own sites for either
business or personal gratification and have a budget of below
RM5, 000 to accomplish this.
Every client, in addition to having his/ her own personal computer
to work on, also has a tutor sitting right beside him or her.
Lessons are conducted based on the assumption that clients have
zero knowledge of computers, even to the point of turning on a
Case in point, eOneNet's oldest client so far, was a 55-year-old
gentlemen who had never used a computer before but was determined
to create a website for his Business. And he did it - even though
it must have taken him ages since he typed on the keyboard with
only two fingers.
'We also tell our clients to bring their contents such as the
text, photographs, illustrations, etc and then we'll help them
design the site to their preferences,' said Tan. Lessons also
include using computer peripherals like a scanner, loading images
taken from a digital camera, touching-up to the images prior to
unloading, how to change designs and update profiles.
eOneNet.com offers two packages
using Web Creator. The less expensive of the two, the Pro Account,
costs RM980 per year inclusive of domain registration and web
hosting for a year. The package includes the creation of up to
seven Web pages, hyperlinks to an order / feedback page, special
offer / discount voucher page (if necessary) and a link to eOneNet.com's
online payment system for companies wishing to do online business
but cannot afford to have their own payment gateway. The Gold
account, which enables the creation of up to 21 pages, also has
more choice of templates.
eOneNet's client, Lim Meng
Sheng, whose business involves office and home renovation,
spoke candidly to us about Web Creator and eOneNet's services.
'The classes are flexible and the consultant communicates in layman's
language that's easy to understand and teaches at a comfortable
pace. The day we met, Lim was the only student and was being guided
by eOneNet.com's Web designer Calvin Ng Kang Wing. A true believer
that the Net is a great leveller where small businesses with only
a few employees can compete on the Web head-to-head with the IBMs
of this world, Lim's reason for creating a website was obvious.
To attract more business his way. It also served as a means of
showcasing his work to potential customers.
Another satisfied client we spoke to was Mary Ann Joseph Bekking,
a therapist for autistic persons who is currently managing her
own business known as Mary Anne Special Needs Centre Sdn Bhd (www.AutisticMalaysia.com)
in Bukit Antarabangsa, Kuala Lumpur. I created my website to shed
light on what Autism, Aspreger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is about
and the services I am offering. What I truly appreciate about
eOneNet.com is the value added services they provide, like providing
me feedback on a catchy domain name. And when I'm working on the
website at home and hit a brick wall, I find it a convenience
to pick up the phone and holler for help.'
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