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How to Choose a Web Designing Company

September 13th, 2018

Websites are the online identity of yourself or your company, it is always better to have a website that is decent and are up to the industry standards. Choosing the right kind of people to do the job is the most important thing that should be taken care of. People who are willing to work for your website should be able to understand your needs with proper communications.

As a first priority, to find a best web developer is the most important part. If you get a reliable web development company to do the job for you, then you will be tension free and they will provide you with the best possible service. The one you choose must be able to satisfy all your need regarding the web site. The web site they develop must be modifiable for further developments in the future.

So whenever you are to select a developer or a company make sure that the concerned firm is a reliable with the top quality services. When you select the web site designing and developing company just make a go through on them and make sure that they can fulfill your needs. For further information of the specified just seek the portfolio of the company, so that you can get a list of websites they created.

While you go to a web development company for developing a site, you should have a logical idea of the web site and the features that it should have, if possible make a rough note on your requirements. Otherwise the designer must do it in his own style, it will be sometime similar to some other web site made by the same person. So while deciding to make the web site be prepared with the color, size,fonts and other images which should be used in the web site. You should communicate all the necessary requirements to the developer so that he can develop the site in a way that you desire.

Make sure that the site made for you is simple and attractive. The site must be easy to handle and understandable for the viewers. The contents used must be made in a viewer point of view. If you could follow these simple tips when you plan to make a site, you can get better results. Always remember to find a reliable web development company or individual to get the job done efficiently.

Building an Online Business – Phase 2 – Getting a Website Designed and Developed

September 12th, 2018

In Phase One of Building Your Online Business, I described developing a solid plan. A plan takes all of the guesswork out of the equation. Your plan is invaluable because it will describe in detail what you want your website to do. The plan will help the web developer understand what you want the website to do and what goals it must accomplish. The plan does not have to be a lengthy thesis. Just a simple one page description will suffice. Try to be as descriptive a possible.

The plan you choose must include the following phases:

  1. Planning Your Online Business
  2. Getting a Website Designed and Developed (you are here)
  3. Setting up an E-Commerce Shopping Cart
  4. CRM (Customer Relations Management)
  5. Getting Your Website Indexed in the Search Engines
  6. Online Advertising
  7. Email Marketing
  8. Start a Blog and/or Forum
  9. Social Networking
  10. Go to Step 1

The order of the above phases is only a suggestion. The is order is up to you, but each of them should be implemented.

Phase 2 : Getting a Website Designed and Developed Once you have your plan written, Phase 2 of Building Your Online Business is to have your website designed and developed. A great design is extremely important to your online business. In the online world, it is even more true that first impressions are everything. A websites design is not just about pretty pictures and colors. Your website is the perfect marketing resource that will keep your current and future customers informed. It should contain all of your company’s information, brochures and other materials. Are you going sale your products through your website? All of these things must be considered in your design.

If you choose you can of course do the design and development yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you have the skill to do this, by all means, do it. That is up to you.

However, there is also something to be said about having a professional web developer build the website for you. To avoid confusion, in this article I talk about website designers and developers inclusively as “web developers”. Since we are designing a website, the professional must be able to do design first and foremost. Development, or programming, is usually a secondary skill. Your website might not require any “functionality”, or interactive parts of your website such a contact form or booking application, for example.

Question: What are the advantages of hiring a web developer to do the website design and development for me?

There are numerous advantages to hiring a web developer. Some of those advantages might be:

  1. Freeing up your time so that you can run your business.
  2. Putting their professional experience to work for you.
  3. Receiving professional opinions and creative ideas.
  4. Getting your website completed faster.
  5. Your website will require less maintenance.
  6. Greater compatibility with all of the major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).
  7. Achieve Search Engine friendliness.

Remember that web developers are professionals. Rely on them for their experience and knowledge. For example, while you could fix your clogged sink yourself, wouldn’t it be better to hire a professional plumber? The same goes for any other service you might need.

Question: How do you pick a professional web developer?

Finding and hiring a professional web developer is perhaps the greatest hurdle to overcome when creating your website. There are literally thousands and thousands of designers and developers available to choose from on the internet. Here are some suggestions to make the search easier.

Start Local

Start the search for your web developer of choice by looking in the your local area. The yellow pages might not be the best place to look. Because the primary domain of a web developer is the internet use a search engine such as Google (www.google.com). Type in a search query such as “website design in

<your here="" state="" and="" city="">&#8220;</your> If nothing turns up in the search results, look at websites for other companies in your local area. Ask those companies who they recommend.

Use Online Services

There are many websites on the internet that will help you find a professional web developer. The ones that I recommend are Elance, Guru and Design Quote. You might also try job search websites such as Dice, Monster and Career Builder.

Ask for a Portfolio and Client Testimonials

Once you have located one or more web developers ask them for their professional portfolios and some of their client testimonials. Visual representation of their skills is a must. Client feedback and references will further prove that the web developer can do the work you need. If you are still not convinced, ask the web developer for a free mockup, or design draft, of your website idea.

Question: What is the typical website development process?

After you have hired your web developer, typically the website development process goes something like this:

  1. Website design mockup(s) is done via a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop
  2. Review of design mockup(s)
  3. Feedback of the design and further design work if needed
  4. Convert design into website template
  5. Use website template to make content pages
  6. Content is filled in using the information that you provide
  7. Search engine keywords are chosen and content modified for search engine friendliness
  8. Meta tags are written and inserted into your pages
  9. Domain name is setup on your website hosting account
  10. Email accounts are setup
  11. Website is uploaded to your website hosting account
  12. Domain name is manually submitted to the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.)
  13. Continue to add content and improve the website as needed

The above process is by no means set in stone. Every website is different and the process can vary greatly. The saying goes that “A website is never done.” Your website will be a living extension of your business and it should be changed and improved upon. Remember to inform your website visitors of new and exciting things that are going on at your company.

Phase 3 of the crusade to Building Your Online Business is Setting up an E-Commerce Shopping Cart. If your business sells any kind of product having an easy-to-use e-commerce shopping cart where you can accept online payments is a must. We will step you through all of the ins and outs of getting it setup and going. Please subscribe to this blog so you can get all of the details.

Jason Cochran

WebFusion5

“We don’t just create websites. We build businesses.”

Web Design – How to Choose the Right Web Designer or Developer For Your Project

September 11th, 2018

Most, if not all businesses today, can benefit from a web site. If you already have a site that is not working for your business, or you are starting the process of finding a web developer, you can save a lot of time, trouble, and most importantly money, by answering a few questions before choosing a web designer.

What is your budget?
Money and time are the two most important factors to consider before making your choice. In general most of the sites I’ve worked on, or been have asked to work on, fall into three cost levels.

Realistically, $500, is the minimum that should be budgeted for the design/redesign of any site. It should be easy to find a good designer for $300-400 to create a good basic web site. But you will most likely have a few changes and updates, especially the first month or two after you launch your online presence. So it is always a good idea to add 10-15% to your budget for any changes, etc. that will most likely come up.

Many businesses already have some sort of web site or online presence by now. If you or your organization fall under this category, and are looking to redesign and/or update your site, you probably have a better idea of what your budget will be. Most likely it will be more than $500. The web site or application redesign could even cost thousands of dollars. So for redesigns, finding a developer with the right combination of skills is going to be the next major decision made.

There are basic skills that you should look for in any web designer. For instance you want to make sure that they can truly produce a functional web site. This seems obvious. But there are professionals that specialize in developing templates, flash and or other products, that can be converted to web sites. But they are not truly a final product. These are valid and valuable services. Just make sure that your final outcome will be a published functioning website.

Other things such as communication, schedule conflicts, experience in your market area, and looking at their previous work to see if their design style is a good fit for your organization, are basic questions that must be considered when looking at your candidates for your web project. Beyond the basics skills it is also helpful to look at the exact skill sets of the various designers vying for your project.

Today, the title webmaster encompasses a wide variety of specialists and skill types. For instance, many webmasters have a graphic design background. If you or your organizations requirements call for animation, video and/or a graphic intensive design, you would want to specifically find a web designer with a lot of experience with flash, photoshop, etc.

Some other common backgrounds that webmasters come from are: Computer Science, Marketing, Copywriting and Sales. There are many more. The main idea is to have a good idea of what the internet developer specializes in and the way you want to promote your site. Matching your developers background to your requirements can make the process much smoother.

There are also quite a few, like myself, that fall into many of the categories above. Although, some webmasters have a strong grasp on multiple areas of expertise, they are few and far between. There are many though that will have all the skills you require. Most developers that work on many types of projects will be a 6-9, on a scale of 1-10, in the various competencies your project requires.

The upside to working with a web developer who is not a 10 in any area, but who has multiple areas of expertise, is just that. The entire project can be managed by one person or group. Having worked on projects where multiple developers are involved, I can say it automatically adds a new layer of complexity to the project. Since you will have several developers working on various aspects of the project, you will have to manage work flow, communication and eventually piece it all together in the end. For these and many more reasons it is always best to work with just one developer or web design company at a time.

If you are working with a company that may have many people working on your site, it is always a good idea to ask a few more questions. You still have the advantage of having the entire project managed by one entity, but the problems of communication break downs and lag times can still be an issue. Most likely the project will be handled by a project manager that will then delegate and relay requests to various people within their web design company.

A good practice is to always back up any communication in writing and make sure that deadlines are part of that communication. For instance, much of my communication is by phone. It is very helpful to type up an email that covers all the action items, issues, etc. that were covered in the phone or in person meeting. I simply ask that they respond to the email to verify what was covered, or clear up any misunderstandings before work begins on any given phase of a web project.

Written communication to verify that everyone understands what is expected, and when, is a best practice for virtually any situation. It is even more important when you are working with a company instead of directly with a single web developer.

If your budget is less than $300-500 range, try to find some extra resources somehow to allow more budget for the project. Otherwise, you will most likely need to out source it to a company overseas. You also have the option to do the site yourself; Or find a rookie designer or friend with some knowledge to help. The downside to this is that it will take a lot more time.

If you simply can not increase your budget, the best thing to do is seek out a developer on a web job board. Sites such as guru and elance have many low cost developers that will bid on your project. If you choose to go this route you can cut down on the amount of time lost by having a very clear idea of what your final site should like and how it should function.

Increasing your own technical knowledge can also save some time. Since you will mostly likely end up working with a web developer in another country and another time zone, any mis-communication or diversion from the original request can leave you out of money with an incomplete web site. And as I said, will definitely cost you days, if not more, in time.