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WEB DESIGN Section:
Web Site Design: An Overview
Many firms offer systems for designing your own web site 'in
minutes'. If you are inexperienced in such matters you should take advice before
you commit to such a scheme, because they are not necessarily the cheapest
option in the long term. Some have serious technical limitations and cannot be
readily optimised for search engine recognition.
Before you start, why not phone (01845 523637) or e-mail Dave
Titchmarsh with an outline of your web site requirements. It may be possible to quote an approximate price
over the phone.
We can arrange an initial consultation to discuss the design,
appearance and function of your web site, and to decide what information will be
displayed. (This is usually free and without obligation, but I reserve
the right to charge for travelling beyond the Thirsk area.) In some instances we
design and maintain sites for customers we have never met!
At this stage you supply the information for the site - text,
photos, tables etc. - preferably in file format for convenience. We are happy to
scan from print or even type from handwritten notes, but this will add slightly
to the cost. If you do not have sufficient photographs of products/premises, I
often undertake this work.
At this stage, I normally estimate the cost of the work.
The site is designed, usually in stages, so that you can suggest alterations to style, colour and
format. There will be easy navigation between pages (and within sections of larger
The files that make up your web site must be uploaded to a
web host. Although it is possible to do this free of charge, it is preferable to
use a business hosting service and this is arranged for you if necesasary.
Your web site is identified on the internet by a unique
DOMAIN NAME (eg www.stowitnshowit.co.uk). You register a domain name of your
choosing - or we can do it for you.
The site is up and running at this stage.
We send you an invoice which will normally lie within 10%
above or below the original estimate. It will
not exceed this maximum without prior consultation with you (for example if you
added extra pages of information during the course of the work or supplied extra
photographs for processing). IN PRACTICE THE FINAL COST RARELY EXCEEDS THE
We submit the site to the free database used by most of the major search engines. There is
no charge for this because we cannot guarantee the level of success in attracting visitors to your
Please note that many search engines have now introduced fees for guaranteed inclusion in their
lists. You will be responsible for any such fees if you want preferential listing in this way.
A web site containing only text, tabulated information and pictures is a
useful business tool, but sites with pages that actually perform a function
often repay the extra cost many times over. These include:
Response forms to gather information or orders from prospective
customers. The information is sent to you via the internet and you receive
such responses as a formatted email.
An online database to hold and display information about products or
On line payment facilities, so that customers can purchase your products
securely using credit/debit cards.