There are many companies world-wide offering web site design and development services and it can be confusing when you try to pick which one is right for you and your company.
Web site design and development encompasses such a wide range of services (from logo development to ecommerce to custom programming to promotion) that it can be difficult to know what questions to ask potential vendors.
We have provided this Answer Center to make sure you understand the important issues to discuss when deciding to take your business online or to improve your current web presence.
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Why do I need to hire a professional Web Developer?
A professional Web Developer knows how to make your Internet presence a success. With an established name and a company reputation, a professional in the Web Development field will be with you from initial concept discussions to launch to annual maintenance to 2 and 4 year reviews.
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What should I look for in a Web Development company?
You should choose a web development company based answers to the following questions:
- How long have they been in business?
- Are they available to answer questions during business hours?
- Do they have EBusiness education?
- Do they have experience/education/skills in all areas of site development (marketing, advertising...)?
- Are they willing to develop custom designs and programming to meet your unique needs?
- How do their prices compare? Are they too high or too low?
- What do their current clients say about them?
To read ABA Creative Web Services' answers to these questions, click here.
What is the difference between Web Site Design and Web Site Development?
Web site design should look at how the site interacts visually with the user. There are many criteria that can be used to define a great site design. Site development involves the actually programming of the site and the implementation of the design. A different set of criteria are used to determine excellent development. The key to an effective site is the perfect blend of design and development.
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How much should a Web Site Cost and what do I own when I pay for it?
A web site can cost between $500 and $50,000 depending on the unique needs of the business. The most important factor to consider when discussing cost is to make sure you paying the right amount for what you are receiving. You want to watch that you are not paying for services you don't need or programs that are too advanced for your site. You also need to shop around for various answers to your site needs and determine the right solution for your business. Be sure to know what you are paying for.
To view ABA Creative Web Services' pricing, click here.
When you sign a contract for web site design and development, pay attention to ownership and copyrights. Some contracts are written so you do not actually own the site if you decide not to work with the company at any time in the future. If you want to be sure you own what you pay for, make sure it is in the contract.
Click here to review ABA's standard contract inclusions.
Why isn't the cheapest hosting the best solution for my web site? How do I decide where to host my site?
You need to choose site hosting based on the type and quality of service you need and expect. While hosting costs can be as little as $3.95 per month, many time the access to programming and other considerations make this hosting undesirable. You should decide where to host your site based on what company will provide what your site will require for disk space, bandwidth, program access and technical support.
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Why do I want a Web Services company and not a Graphics Design firm or a Computer Repair/Networking company?
A web services company can focus on all aspects of your Internet needs; from design to development to maintenance to promotion. The world wide web is vast and you need a company focused full-time on learning how to make your site successful. Although graphics design firms are great at designing and computer repair/networking companies can make your computer a work of art, neither has the experience with all aspects of the Internet that you deserve for your web site.
How do I get my site listed on the Search Engines? Is there anything else I can do to get hits?
Search Engine optimization is an intense process that involves keyword research and content optimization. This can be done when your site is initially developed and/or periodically after the site is launched. There are many ways to get hits to your site. Your web site developer should be able to discuss these options with you and make recommendations for what will work for you.
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What are my E-Commerce options and how much do they cost?
There are as many E-Commerce options are there are sites that need them. They range from basic order forms to full shopping carts with online credit card interface. As with any decision you make for your web site, you must be sure you are getting what you need for your business and that you are paying the right amount for the product. There are many 'off-the-shelf' products that cost thousands of dollars that may be more than you need. Discuss your options with your developer and review your actual needs with the provided solution.
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