For many native American communities, communication is not really a problem as they all live very close to each other. However many tribes particularly in the North of the country are spread out over a huge areas – keeping in touch can be a problem. Setting up events and meetings to keep the community together can be quite a challenge.
However setting up a simple website can be a great way to solve this particular problem. You can get a web hosting account from companies like Hostgator for only a few pounds a year. This is the computer on which you will place the files of your website. They are very easy to operate and most functions can be done from a little menu in your browser.
Accessing sites in other countries can be a little harder if there’s region locking in place. However even these can be bypassed with a little effort. To access UK only sites for example look for a UK proxy fast enough for your needs, this can bypass most restrictions although not all of them.
You can obviously employ a web designer to create your site however if budget is a problem a simple website can be set up easily by using a blogging platform called WordPress. Ask you hosting provider about installing this – it can be done in a couple of clicks from most web hosting consoles. Don’t be worried about the technology behind these sites most steps are very intuitive and can be accomplished very easily.
Set up a basic structure then try and communicate your website to all the community. It is also worth installing a forum which will allow people to communicate more easily – thus members of the community can contribute wherever they are with news, updates or just gossip. There are other skill which can help grow your web presence – if you want to try and make income or sell products or services you’re going to need to find a decent SEO guide. However if the website is just for the community then this isn’t really necessary.
If the site is maintained well – the upkeep will be minimal, just make sure you install any updates to wordpress. You’ll be prompted by these in the login screen of your website.