Many people have contacted us to ask about setting up a web site, or modifying their existing website. We have listed some of the most frequently asked questions about website design - along with answers - pertaining to web design, SEO and e-commerce.
If you have a question that is not answered here, such as setting up or changing your web site, web hosting or website maintenance, domain name registration, merchant services or anything else, please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.
How long will my web design take?
That being said, the timescale of a web design is still very much dependant on the client, and how fast they can get their information to us. If you already have a website, and you we are rebuilding it using existing content, your site will be completed very quickly, usually ready to go live within 14 days of signing with us!
How Secure will my website be?
Our client email systems are protected by built in virus protection, and optional spam killers. Of course we suggest you employ a PC based anti-virus program suitable for your computer, and it wouldn't hurt to install a copy of Spybot-Search and Destroy for Anti-Spyware (it's free).
What format should my images be?
PNG files are nice to use, because that can have transparent backgrounds (jpg has white backgrounds by default). PNGs are much larger files because they are not compressed; so use PNGs sparingly, especially if the background doesn't have to be transparent.
Will my site be search engine friendly?
Even the structure of your website is important to SEO, so we avoid common mistakes in web design like using tables and embedded styles. Our sites are created using DIV statements, and compressed CSS style sheets for fast loading and more uniformed typography. Even the layout of your articles are important, as Google and other engines like to see your content laid out like a newspaper article; with headlines, sub headers and paragraph tags to break up the page and let the bots see the most important keywords in the page.
How do I update my website?
We also program special links into your User Menu that only you can see when logged in that will let you submit and publish new pages in your Blog, News or other areas of your website. We take every step possible to make adding pages to you website as easy as possible without having to know HTML or programming.
What about Flash? Good or bad?
Research shows that people who surf websites are not really impressed with Flash on a website, as it gets in the way and doesn't provide the information they're looking for. Some of the most basic sites like Craigslist are wildly popular, and have no flash or even images for that matter. Less is sometimes more.
Can I accept credit cards on my website?
You can also accept PayPal on your website, and it's free! PayPal has become the norm for e-commerce sites as well as programs like donation systems, online bill pay, even event registration. Our systems are generally designed to accept multiple payment gateways, including but not limited to PayPal and Authorize.net. Our developers will work with you to help you select the best options for your situation.