Creating A Web 2.0 Interactive Website For Your New Business With No Programming Knowledge

In this episode of Start A Business With Startup Daddy, I talk about how you can have a modern, Web 2.0, interactive website for your new business, even if your computer skills are limited to sending email and searching Google.

I discuss free open source software you can use to create your website, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of certain platforms to help you decide which is best for you.

Links to items mentioned in this podcast:

TypePad (Get a site on THEIR site)

My recommended web host (with 1 click install of WordPress) (The software to install on YOUR SITE manually- NOT 1 click install)

WordPress Theme Directory
All In One SEO Plugin for WordPress
Google XML Sitemap Builder for WordPress (You want the one for WordPress 2.1 and later)

FileZilla FTP software for Windows or Mac
Cyberduck FTP Software for Mac

Listen here:

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13 replies
  1. Lindsay says:

    Hi, Ian. Lindsay from the IBMA.

    You’re doing great with your podcasts. I listened to the first three last week. Just downloaded this one to listen to on the next dog walk. I really need to get my voice in gear and record a show for my site too. ;)

  2. Mark Parratt says:

    Great show Ian! I love the whole concept of meshing family life with business life. The last thing an entrepreneur needs is to lose the family to business pursuits. Keep the information coming.

  3. Barry Hughes says:

    Ok, I got my website up. Not sure if it’s web 2.0 yet but it is a work in progress. I got my toll free 800 number like you said and am working on incorporating soon.

    One thing I hope that you would cover is credit card processing and pricing. Most of my orders will be done over the phone. Is there a less expensive way to accept credit cards without paying $29.95 a month for subscriber services etc.?

    Also what is the importance of a DUNS number? Should you have one? Does it help to have one? If I got one what can I do with it?

  4. Ian Gordon says:

    @ Barry,
    That is a great suggestion, and I will definitely get into credit card processing.
    To get started right away, check out Basically, you attach a bank account to your paypal account, and then people can use paypal to pay you with a credit card.

    I would get on creating a business entity right away- LLC or Corp, so you can open a business checking account in the company’s name. If you are going to put it off for some reason, you can still get a Tax ID number as a Sole Proprietor to open a separate business checking account.
    I have a Video Tutorial on getting a Tax ID number on this site, so check it out.
    Good Luck

  5. SaiF says:

    Hi Ian!

    I think part of web 2.0 is also podcasting!

    And I really like the quality of the sound from your mic!

    Can you please give me a quick recommendation?

    What mic and software are you using the podcast?

    I got an idea for an Entrepreneur Express Podcast and I’m super excited so please get back to me, Ian! =) THANKS!

    To CANI,

    The World’s First Teen
    Personal Development Video Blogger

  6. Ian Gordon says:

    Sorry for the delayed response. I have family in for my daughter’s first birthday, so I have been a little lax on the biz for a few days.

    I agree that podcasting is a great way to find and reach an audience. For me though, it’s a great way to teach something. As far as a mic, a lot of people I know use a good quality usb mic, plugged right into the computer. There are a a lot of good ones out there. I don’t use one, bit I hear the Snowball USB mic is a good choice for podcasting. Just google it. I’m glad the sound quality of my recordings is up to par. I have just been using a good quality USB Headset/Mic combo from Logitech, and the sound has been good enough that I haven’t found the need to upgrade yet.

  7. David says:

    Wow this is a great podcast. I have listened to this about 6 times. A lot of info.
    Ian do you think you could do a video tutorial on creating a web 2.0 site?
    I thank you for all you hard work doing these podcasts. GREAT JOB!!

    • Ian Gordon says:

      Hi David, I am putting together a webinar series that will do just that. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will get all the details. Thanks for listening!


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