We hope you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions about the web site design and build process in this section of the web site. We’ve also included some information to explain some of those terms which may not be fully understood.
Once we start to build your site, if possible (dependent on type and complexity of the web site), we will give you access so that you can view ‘work in progress’ at your convenience – we find this helps customers to get the confidence they need that good progress is being made and to provide good, prompt feedback if changes need to be made.
When the site is complete we’ll hand it over in full as a ‘live’ site – we’ll help you to upload it yourself if you’d like. We are also happy to set up email addresses and email client accounts to match.
This obviously depends on size and complexity of the project and on prompt delivery of, or input on, site content which the customer has agreed to provide.
A straightforward project can be delivered in a matter of days – something more complex may take 4-6 weeks.
Where customers DO ask us to register and hold domain names for them, we undertake to transfer these as required in the future at no cost.
We can advise on appropriate domain names and help you register them, or register them for you and transfer them into your hosting package.
Some web design ‘companies’ who offer hosting do so from home-based PCs running via their home ‘phone line! Make sure you ask how hosting is managed, what level of availability and reliability is guaranteed, and how they ensure that your site is secure.
Different accounts offer different features…….If you are not sure what you need, or whether your existing package will provide the features that you’ll need to support the changes and improvements that you wish to make, then we are quite happy to talk this through with you.
We can discuss your requirements with you and recommend an appropriate hosting company and package.
If you want to be able to have partial or complete control over the content of your site then you’ll want a CMS.
An Administrators Interface gives you access to all pages and elements so that you can add new information, update or delete existing, add & remove photos – the list goes on.
If you would like to see a demonstration so that you can fully understand how a CMS works then contact us to arrange something.
Static pages provide text, photos and other content which is ‘hard-coded’ into the pages. All visitors will see the same content and if changes are required the original code needs to be modified.
Dynamic content can include ‘moving’ elements – banners, slideshows, video, audio – and page content which is automatically updated from external files (Facebook and Twitter feeds for example).
Interactive features such as Google maps and calendars take user actions and make something happen.
When we build your site we do all that we can to make it ‘search engine friendly’ and we will submit your site for inclusion in all the major search engines. This doesn’t guarantee a good ranking but it certainly helps.
We can advise on, and assist with, additional marketing measures to improve ranking if position is critical to your business.