How I got from There to Here
Although I had a few years experience tinkering around with a home PC and the Internet, I have no formal computer training and knew zero, zip, zilch about creating web pages or html code. One day I purchased a book: "A Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page". After spending about an hour just reading the first four chapters of the book, I was sitting at my computer composing web pages. It's that easy. If I can do this, anyone can. Although I don't really have anything to compare it to, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to start their own web site.
jeff-z.com was entirely created using not much more than Microsoft Notepad, Adobe Photo Deluxe and my digital camera. I might also mention that this was all done on an outdated six year old PC. Everything you need is probably already on your computer. The book also includes a CD with many useful applications.
jeff-z.com is hosted by lowesthosting.com. I found this host using the guidelines in the above book. Once I found a potential host, my strategy was to do a google search on the host. The search would usually reveal some negative or positive feedback from others with experience using the potential host. At the time, I found no negative comments about lowesthosting.com. Again, I don't really have anything to compare it to, but I thought lowesthosting .com had very reasonable prices, has proved easy to use and so far I've had no problems. I also registered my domain name through lowesthosting.com
Good luck with your own web site.
Thanks to Matt Shreve for my cool "JZ" graphic.
www.jeff-z.com Business Cards
I wanted the simplest domain name possible. I found that "jz.com" was already taken. Also, "jeffz.com" was already taken. So I settled for "jeff-z.com". It seemed simple enough, but I found that people still weren't always remembering if I'd just tell them verbally. Thus, I decided to design a simple business card. I started with a preexisting business card template within Microsoft Word. Then I went to Staples and bought some matching sheets of glossy business card stock by Avery. Specifically I bought Avery #8879. You just stuff the 8.5 x 11 sheets into your printer and then the page snaps apart into ten smooth edged business cards. Now I carry a few cards in my wallet and pass them out as needed.