Locate a web server
Is support for web sites offered by your unit, department, other affiliates? Look at other sites and
see what server they use. Internet Service Providers are another option. Is the server adequate? Will
the server support everything you want to put on your page? Can it store all the files you will need?
Are there any restrictions? Is there 24 hour support?
You could buy your own server machine and configure the Web server yourself (nailbiter!).
Get to know your System Administrator!
Once you have a host for your web site, acquaint yourself with the services and support offered
by the host. Will there be someone to help with your questions? What levels of access will you have for web site maintenance?
Hire a consultant, web designer or webmaster to do the dirty work for you. Harvard Computing Society has
students available. Ask other sites, webmasters or friends if they know someone who can help. Look at local
pages and see who did theirs.
The Harvard University Web "mistress" (Elaine Benfatto) recently started a project to collect information about outsourcing
options used by other webmasters/mistresses at Harvard. Elaine plans to offer this information from the Harvard Home Page (http://www.harvard.edu/)