Choosing the Right Web Designer

So, you’ve finally decided that you need a web site for your business? Well, there are a few key-points to remember BEFORE you make one of the most crucial decisions for your business.

Choosing the right designer for your new business web site:

When it comes to choosing the right web designer for your web site, you should always shop around first to check out all of the available options. There are many web design companies out there to choose from. And most of them are pretty good at what they do.

Always ask to see samples of a web designer’s previous work and examine their portfolio. This will help you get a better feel for the style of sites any particular web designer is capable of doing. Most of the time, web designers have their own unique style and you can easily spot which designs they’ve done in the past. I mean, it’s similar to any other artist’s style; you can definitely spot their previous works based on the general layout, color scheme, and over-all visual appearance of the sites.

Experience is also a key factor here. Just like any other craft, web designers get better with experience. So naturally, you’ll be better off by choosing a web designer who has more experience under his or her belt.

Another key point you should define is whether or not the web designer can make you a 100% custom web site. Or will it be just a basic template web design that 100’s or even 1,000’s of people already have across the Internet. Pretty much anybody these days can create a basic HTML web page in Microsoft Word or Publisher and change the title of it to reflect their Branson business. But you must ask yourself: “is this really what I’m looking for”?

Web sites that are truly custom built will stand out more the rest of the basic template web designs that so many people are using these days. A custom web design will catch the eye of your potential customers and show them that you have a really professional web presence and you mean business.

A lot of web designers these days choose to do the template web sites for one of 2 reasons:

It’s cheaper to use a basic template web design. They might be lacking the necessary skills needed to develop a fully custom web site. Whatever the case may be, make sure you go with a designer who is capable of creating a custom web design for you. It will inevitably cost you more for a custom site. But it is totally worth the extra money spent. Trust me, in the end you will be much happier with your web site if it is a site that’s unique and created for just your business and not everybody else’s.

Communication with a potential web designer is also critical in the development of your web site. You need to be perfectly clear and define your goals up-front, before you actually sign a web design service contract with a designer. Make sure you know what you are getting for your money and make sure you get it in writing! I have a 9-page web site design contract that I use every single time I design a new web site. Included in this contract is an itemized list of all work that is to be performed during the development of the web site. Things like the exact number of pages, the exact number of graphics to be designed, whether or not I need to create a logo, the estimated time before completion, whether or not routine site maintenance will be performed after the site is 6 months or 1 year old, etc.

Defining these things will help you in the long run and will also make sure you and the web designer are on the same page.

I also use what I call my “web design planning worksheet”. This worksheet gives “milestones” or deadlines for each phase of the web design project. Things like “In 2 weeks the general layout will be done” and “2 weeks after that, the site will be coded and launched” and then “In one moth after the web site is launched, we will evaluate it to see what needs to be adjusted”, etc. (these are just examples, by the way. the details included in one of my actual worksheets gives exact dates and more specific milestones).

And what about the web hosting for your new web site? Usually, a web designer will provide some kind of insight as to which hosting company they recommend. Web designers in general have a preference for a hosting company that they know will be a good choice for your web site and they should assist you in making this selection.

Fortunately, we have our own web server here at Digital Spiral Web Design so we can do all of the hosting ourselves. This is very beneficial because we can make sure the web server stays up and running and if there is any maintenance that needs to be performed on the server, we can do it ourselves in a timely manner. Plus, we will always cut a deal for our web site hosting services to any new business who chooses us to do their web design.

Will your new web site require any specialized web programming? Well, the answer to that question is based solely on the needs of your Branson web site. What kind of site will it be? Does it need a shopping cart for e-commerce? Will you be implementing any special web applications or online forms for your viewers to fill out? Will it be a web site that requires your viewers to fill out registrations and sign up so they can login? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then chances are you’ll need a web designer who can also program.

Web developers and designers must be skilled in the art of web PROGRAMMING (something that is very different from regular web DESIGN). Web programming involves the implementation of different web programming languages like JAVA, PHP, Flash, SQL, or.NET. All of these web programming languages need highly skilled individuals to code them and develop web programs with them.

I personally love PHP! I use it for pretty much everything. I won’t go into the details of PHP in this article (I would have to write an entire book about it to cover all of it). But with PHP, I can create pretty much any web application that is logically possible.

So, make sure you choose a web designer who is also capable of coding any special functions that your new web site needs. This decision needs to be discussed and gone over by any potential web designer you might use to create your Branson web site.

And finally, you should always check with the potential web designer’s previous clients to make sure they give him or her a good reference. Remember: it just like any other service. You need to verify a web designer’s references and make sure they can do what they say they can do.

So, just to summarize all of the tips I’ve mentioned:

Ask questions, questions, and more questions before you choose a web designer. Clearly define your goals from the beginning. Ask to see the web designer’s portfolio and samples of their previous work. Make sure they can help you with choosing a web hosting provider. Get documentation to show exactly how many pages will be included in the project and the estimated time before completion. If your Branson web site requires special web programming, make sure the designer can handle it. I hope this article helps anybody who is getting ready to have a new web site designed. A good web site can really do wonders for your business!

Here at Branson website design, we specialize in affordable custom web design for all businesses! We also offer very affordable pricing for our web hosting services. If you would like to know more about our services or to see our web design portfolio, visit our main company web site at the link below. We offer affordable custom web designs!

Why Hiring Web Development Companies That Offer a Complete Package Makes Sense

You must have heard many say, ‘Your website is your online face’. Everyone knows that how their website looks and functions will, more likely than not, reflect upon their company. And yet there are literally hundreds of thousands of websites out there that look bad, have bad functionality, take years to load, and when they do load, it makes one wish they hadn’t.

If you are planning to give an online persona to your business, make sure you don’t end up paying some random web development company for ugly and repulsive website. Don’t add another bad website; already bad websites outnumber good ones by ten to one. A bad website not only creates a bad first impression (in most cases it will be the first, and sometimes, only point of contact between you and customers), it also turns away customers. Instead of increasing your revenue, they might make your lose money.

To create a good website, three aspects need to be taken care of: development/programming, design and content. First, you need a good development team with the capacity and experience to build a decent site; second, you need a good designer or team of designers who have the ability and creativity needed to give your site a look that is in congruence with your persona in the real world; third, you need a good SEO team and content writers who can use words to take your higher in search engines, and to give a clear idea of your goals, business model and services.

You can use freelancers and spend tense years waiting for your website to get built, trying to make developers, designer and content developers work in tandem. Or you could pay a hefty sum to some software development company to get your site developed, pay an amount that burns your whole pocket off to a web designing firm, and get trite, boring content from article writing sites. And if you are have a huge budget building the site, you can pay a bomb and hire a premium web development company to get a good site.

But why pay through your nose when you can the same or better services from an offshore web development company at much lower costs? The only challenge in this situation is to find a good offshore company, and this is not a much difficult task: just go on the internet, check out sites for good web development companies, look at their websites, and check out their portfolio. If they’ve worked well on other sites, there is no reason to believe that they’ll not work well for you.

The only thing you need to make sure is that they offer all the three services: web development, web design and SEO research & content. If the web development company you are looking at has offers these three at good rates, and has an experienced team working on building the websites, you can be sure that they’ll create a decent, of not exceptionally good, site for you. Remember it always pays to get the full package; not only does this cut down on the time needed for web design, but it also helps you negotiate and agree upon much better rates!

Web Design – Five Simple Steps to Follow

1. Flashy Pages: unwanted Distractions

Most of web designers feel the need to create stylish splash pages that do nothing but create a barrier which stops web users in their tracks and forces them to make the unnecessary decision of whether to push forward to the home page or to leave your website forever. These “website introductions” are typically short Flash-based movies that showcase the web designer’s flash design skill set, yet offer the web user nothing but a distraction. Flash animations are so common these days that it’s almost impossible to actually impress a web user with a Flashy page. The main goal of any website design should be to either deliver the web user what they want or to get the web user to perform an action. a flashy page only slows down this process and should be avoided at all time.

2. Banner Advertisements: Less Is More

When it comes to the strategic placement of banner advertising, the old proverb “less is more” needs to be applied to web design. A single successful banner advertisement is more profitable and valuable then a whole bunch of banner advertisements that get minimal click-through. The harder it is to secure a single banner advertisement space, the more appealing it becomes to advertisers. it’s best to try and fill space with useful content. Another tip is to surround your banner advertisements with as much useful content as possible; this will also make the space more appealing to potential advertisers.

3. Navigation: Is The Important Key

The fastest Bike in the world is useless if no-one knows to drive it. The same goes for websites. Website owners can choose to invest thousands in web design, logo design, flash design, splash pages, funky animations and a whole host of other aesthetic goodies to make the site look fantastic, but if web users cannot navigate around the site to consume the content or purchase products, then the whole website fails to achieve its goals. In web design when it comes to designing effective navigation it’s best to keep it as simple as possible. Once again, web designers will often go overboard and design navigation menus that include flash animations, multi-tiered dropdowns and a whole host of other unnecessary additions that only work to distract the user, instead of helping them navigate around the website. Navigation is the key that unlocks good website design

4. Coding: Never Copy & Paste

Amateur web designers will often copy and paste code from various websites and compile their website like its Frankenstein. When an error occurs, the web designer doesn’t know how to fix it because they didn’t write the code. Web designers must then sit down and waste time working out what each piece of code does, before discovering the error and then rectifying it. During this time it’s the web users who suffer, as they sit through error after error. Although writing the code from scratch causes longer initial development stages and may cost more in the short term, it will save you a lot of time in the long run if any errors do happen to occur. As mentioned above, errors need to be avoided, whatever the cost. Before seeking professionals to do your website design or flash design, always run double-checks to see how much of the code they are actually writing. If the web design agency is copying code from within their own web design / flash design team, then there is nothing to worry about because someone in the agency will know what to do if a problem arises or they typically have an FAQ that can be easily referenced. The only time you should worry is if the code is copied from an external website.

5. Consistency: Way To Success

Regardless of size, every website should remain consistent to ensure the web user knows exactly where they are and where to look at all times. This applies to everything from simple navigation links to the location of help menus. The goal should be to make the web user familiar with all aspects of your website, from the colours used in the design to the overall layout. Some web designers, who are often pressured by management to create a variety of web designs, feel the need to experiment with different colour schemes and website layouts within a single website, but this does nothing but confuse the web user by causing disorientation. Only break consistency when the website is receiving a complete overhaul.

Web Development Company

Benchmark IT Solutions Specializing in best-in-class web development, website design, software development, custom software development, application development and Flash multimedia

The number of websites is on a rise on the Word Wide Web for the last few years. The websites are increasing in number and so is the level of competition amongst these websites. Never before the competition in the online business was as close as it is today. No website can survive without proper promotional activities to back its performance. Keeping this in view, the design and development of a web site becomes very important. There are many ways by using which a website can help you in making money. All these things can be used most appropriately if your website is designed accordingly. If your website is not a well designed one, you may not be able to take the advantage of a lot of online opportunities. Website creation is something which needs some innovation as well as state of the art technology. If you would like to create a more advanced web site, you will need to learn the art of image editing, Javascript, php, Databases/SQL, web servers, MS SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, Sybase and scripting language.

The main idea while developing the website is to build a website about the topic that is neither too broad or general so that it already has much more websites that you can imagine nor too narrow and specific that you do not have the substantial visitors for your website, and holds a potential of good profitability and high traffic. Our services of custom website development provides our clients; the much needed flexibility in deploying their ideas into reality. A friendly, personalized, but professional approach combines to have desired results.

Having the best of infrastructure and state-of-art facilities helps us to utilize out talented professionals for turning clients thoughts into advantageous online ventures. The websites particularly stanched for e commerce have become backbone for many businesses associations, as there had been a tremendous rise in the use of Internet. As an offshore software development company, initiative is to provide the best of services in web designing as right solution for every budget call.

Our internet services group together with our software team has created a product that caters to the most basic business website needs as well as the most demanding mid and large level client

If you are interested in our Website and Software development services please visit us on the web at http://www.benchmarkitsolutions.com

Why Hire a Software Development Company

Businesses can no longer exist without having a presence on the Internet. Regardless of how small the size of your business, you need a website to put the word out. While sites like WordPress allow you to create your own website using pre-designed templates, there are several other businesses using the same template. Your business won’t stand out from a crowd, and will go unnoticed.

Assigning the task to a software development company, on the other hand, gives you a unique design which is customized according to your business requirements. Since the look is professional, navigation for the potential customer is smooth. He enjoys his time on the website, navigating through various options while looking for the information that he is interested in.

Another advantage of assigning web development to a software development company is that it doesn’t only beautify your website, but also ensures its security. This is particularly critical if you are in an ecommerce business. For example, if the potential customer has found what he had been searching for he may want to make a purchase or leave his personal details. But before he does that he wants to ensure the website is trustworthy. Software engineers will institute network proxies and firewalls, develop a complex authentication and password system which only a trusted few within your organization have access to, and install a strong antivirus program. Giving the job to inexperienced or unprofessional people can make your business website appear shady and repel customers.

Your presence on the Internet doesn’t end at having a website. You will require software and mobile applications to support miscellaneous business functions such as project management, inventory management, financial management and customer relationship management. While off-the-shelf packages are easily available, low on budget and are less time consuming, they do not cater to your business. They may be short in one or two areas, or become outdated with time.

By offering you the option of customized solutions, a software development company will take out time to study and understand your business needs. It will then design software that aligns with your business strategies and marketing efforts.

Apparently a customized solution may seem expensive to you, but it is an investment, benefits of which you will reap for a long time. It turns browsers into buyers. Moreover, by hiring a software development company you will also have software and general IT support from the professionals.