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Important Questions You Must Ask a Potential Web Developer

August 4th, 2018

Question 1. What is your client feedback like? Would you mind if I contacted a few businesses from your portfolio?

Right Answer:Yes of course, you’re welcome to contact any of our clients.

Wrong Answer: “We don’t have a portfolio” or “Our client’s details/websites are private” or “We would prefer you didn’t pester our clients, it’s unprofessional”.

Summary: A professional web designer should have a portfolio of their work and should have no problem with you contacting them. It’s not unprofessional, It’s actually the opposite. If you get these answers avoid this designer or agency as its obvious their clients (if they even exist) have nothing good to say about them.

Question 2. How much do you charge for web design? Do you charge a total design and development fee or will I get billed as the site is designed depending on features and any outlay.

Right Answer: Once we have all the info you will be given a total cost and payment structure, this won’t change as the design goes on, any outlay from us for things such as stock imagery is factored into the quotation.

Wrong Answer: We can’t give you an accurate price; we will just bill you as the site progresses

Summary: After sitting with you for an hour or exchanging a few emails a professional web designer will be able to give you and accurate design fee. Dodgy agencies often claim to have to purchase items, imagery and code for your site and bill you for them, I’ve even known agencies to bill for consultations or phone calls. This is nonsense it’s simply a way of getting you onboard with a good sounding low price then basically milking what they can out of you.

Question 3. Do you use the same template for every website or will my website be unique.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It’s simply down to a personal preference, but it is something that you need to ask. If you are getting a ‘One design fits all’ template then you should be charged accordingly, £100, £200 at a push because this isn’t web design and an agency doing this probably got the templates they use designed by a third party or even downloaded them so are not web designers themselves, This also brings up the question “What if you have any problems” or “What if you want something unique adding ” Will they be able to do it? Probably not and if you insist they will have to pay a third party and bill you… See question 2!

Question 4. Will you be writing my website in code (bespoke) or will you simply be installing or using a third party software package? Again, Not really a right or wrong answer for this one. There is however a massive difference between a web designer writing bespoke code for websites and one who uses open source software such as WordPress, One is a professional web designer and the other is simply an IT company who have learned to use a piece of software.

Some people knowingly choose a WordPress installer as their web designer simply because they believe it will be cheaper (as it should be) and the software has everything they need and they require no unique features, there are however a growing number of agencies installing WordPress or similar and charging extortionate fees sometimes more that it would cost to have a bespoke website designed, You need to understand that WordPress is FREE, you can install it yourself and learn how it works, at the end of the day it was designed by professional web developers as a DIY solution so how much should you really be paying someone to click an install button? Seriously most hosting comes with a one click WordPress install button…

There are other issues with WordPress, its open source so hackers can view the code to find exploits making it the most hacked website, can you risk this? It’s also extremely slow due to the amount of code needed to run, so when your site gets busy it becomes unusable.

Question 5. Do you consider the search engines when building and designing a website.

Right Answer: Yes of course, the website will be fully optimised for the modern search engines and fully compliant with Google guidelines.

Wrong Answer: Once the website is built it will need to be SEO’d which will cost you ‘x’ amount.

Summary: A professional web designer will keep up to date with all the latest marketing and design trends and Google guidelines so your website will be compliant and search engine friendly when designed, this doesn’t mean you will instantly end up with page one results (although I’ve seen this happen with less competitive niches) but you’ll be well on your way.

If you see someone using the term “You need your site SEO’d” run a mile, Also, designers saying that they will need to charge you extra to get it ready for the search engines are either simply trying to milk all they can out of you or don’t have the skill or knowledge to make sure your site is compliant and search engine friendly as they design it as they are probably using out of date or even online drag and drop software, in either case avoid these designers like the plague.

Question 6. Will the website be responsive, mobile friendly and work on tablets and mobile phones?

Right Answer: Of course, It’s been industry standard for about 2 years now, all websites created are responsive and fully compliant with mobiles, tablets etc

Wrong Answer: “We don’t know what that is?” or “We will build you a separate mobile website and charge you ‘x’ amount” or “We will have to charge you more for responsive design” Summary: Just as the right answer says, “It’s been industry standard for about 2 years now” So all websites developed within the last 2 years should be responsive and adapt to any device and screen size, Separate mobile websites were around a few years ago but nobody should be using this outdated technology now, It was always flawed as it detected device and not screen size and required constant code updates, also, tablet users often got served the stripped down mobile version when their device could easily handle the desktop version, another flaw was the fact that you had two websites to managed and update and two website sharing traffic…

All modern websites should be responsive and it should not cost extra

Question 7. Will I have the ability to make my own amendments and updates or will I need to come back to you each time I want something changing.

Right Answer: Your website will come with its own dashboard or CMS (Content Management System) allowing amendments and updates so you do not need to keep coming back to us for minor changes.

Wrong Answer: “For this feature you will have to have a WordPress site” or “You will need to contact us every time you need something changing and we charge ‘x’ amount per hour”

Summary: Again, It’s industry standard for the owner to be able to update their own website, Some CMS’s are more advanced than others depending on the agency who wrote it or the site it’s being used on, and, No you don’t need a WordPress site to be able to make your own updates, I hear this a lot from “amateur package installers” who are either trying to push you to have a WordPress install rather than a bespoke website being it’s all they can do or actually don’t know themselves, the later is the scariest.

Remember! WordPress was written using server code by professional web developers, of course a professional developer can build a bespoke CMS for you using the same code, it will also be a lot less complex than the WordPress dashboard and easier to use.

Web Development – Website Design

August 3rd, 2018

Website Development 101: the Proper Website Design

Is your website easy to understand?

A popular country singer who performed before sold-out crowds was asked his secret to constantly packing ’em in.

“Every time we come into a city and are setting up the stage,” he explained, “I go out into the empty auditorium and work my way to the back row. I sit there – all the way back in the seat farthest from the stage – and imagine what the person sitting in this seat will see. I always keep that in mind whenever I create a stage show. I ask myself what the average paying customer will be seeing.”

That’s a good way for companies to think when it comes to their web design. Does your corporate web page have the viewer in mind, or is it simply a pretty billboard? How sensible is your e commerce web design? How quickly can a visitor understand your website’s information? Good graphic web design should keep a ‘timer mentality’, that is, they should bear in mind that many viewers are impatient. If they can’t get the needed information, it won’t take long for a frustrated viewer to click to another site. Companies should have a web design that recognizes the speedy decision-making by potential customers in the cyberspace shopping world.

“The viewer should never, never have to second-guess the purpose of a company’s website,” said Nigel Gower, CEO of 24OnDemand, a leading web development company based in Atlanta, Georgia. “I mean, think of it in other terms. Would you buy from a car dealership if you couldn’t find the new vehicles? Would you dine at a restaurant where the menu is in gibberish and the waiters aren’t aware of the day’s specials? No, you wouldn’t. Why is a website any different? People come to get informed, to shop, to be impressed.. It’s a simple internet marketing tip to check often. Ask yourself: Shouldn’t you be clarifying and explaining everything? Good web design should bear these things in mind.”

Gower is a businessman who had a vision of making new avenues of commerce for businesses around the world through dynamic internet marketing strategy. He had become aware of the need for users to feel comfortable with a website the first few seconds they click on the first page. He established 24OnDemand with ease-of-use in mind, but with high-definition graphics and a powerful presence.

24OnDemand has earned a strong reputation for clear, attractive and user-friendly sites that have easy-to-understand navigational tools. Their graphic design and simple tutorials have been recognized as superior in the field of web development. Even a company that has a poor website can redeem itself if it changes and uses commonsense internet technology. Proper web design, however, needs to start now.

Gower lists four things as the high priority in his company’s website development work when it comes to superior web design. First, the website should look inviting with clear fonts, bright pictures and a friendly approach. Second, the web design should clearly state the business products and services with clarity. Third, the website should be easy to use in all stages of the shopping experience, whether browsing categories or making purchases. Fourth, the web design should communicate the company’s conviction that the visitor is important. All of these web development strategies combine to make a site that will bring people back again and again.

“Think of a website as a house. One thing you want is good text colors, which is like fresh paint inside and out. Good contrast on your site – dark text on a light background – will appeal to the reader, ” said Gower. “You want easy access through the house. In web development terms, that’s easy-to-read paragraphs that aren’t too long and are well-spaced. The, or course, is the quality of the building material, which on the website would be fresh and informative content. If you don’t have quality content, you don’t have a good website. Banners, flashy graphics and loud design does as much good as trying to repair broken plumbing by playing symphony music on the radio in the hallway.”

Gower offers some helpful hints for good web development.
“Make a good site map, one that is as easy to understand as directions on a map. Don’t allow any chance that the visitor will get lost or frustrated. Make sure that your ‘contact us’ link is clear and readable on every page. If the viewer can’t find a way to contact you, you’ve lost business.”

“Avoid pop ups at all cost. I think of them as the equivalent to those little cards that always fell out of magazines – pure irritation. There are other keys in web development that we use to get excellent results. We at 24OnDemand also avoid long pages where the viewer must scroll, scroll, scroll down and get weary. Instead, we might ad a ‘Go to page…’ link so they can get to a new page. And always remember to refresh your website. Think fresh all the time. Search engines and visitors love to see new items and articles.”

A Revolutionary Technology in Web Development Services

August 3rd, 2018

ASP.NET is the next generation of Microsoft’s Active Server Pages (ASP) technology which is based on server side scripting. It is a set of web applications development technologies that provides a suitable framework for programmers to create dynamic web sites, XML web services, and web applications. By using the ASP.NET, programmers can easily create applications that can be easily run on any browser and platform. Whether you want to create a small, individual or large corporate websites, features of ASP.NET can definitely ease your task of developing a powerful online identity.

Prior to working in ASP.NET, you should possess a basic understanding of WWW, HTML, XML, fundamentals of web pages, scripting languages such as VBscript and JavaScript, fundamentals of server side scripting such as PHP, ASP.NET or JSP. The technology has provided a smarter tool to do innovative work in web development. Web applications that are developed in ASP.NET are highly effective and enable developers to get desired functionalities. In addition, ASP.NET solutions help in building applications that increases users’ visual experiences, modifying business processes, and presenting text book and safe messages.

ASP.NET technology works smoothly with WYSWYG HTML editors and other programming tools including Microsoft Visual Studio.NET. Adding the power of ASP.NET with any of these tools not only makes the programming easier, but also offer a wide array of benefits like better control onto a webpage and fully integrated debugging support. The technology allows developers to choose suitable web forms and web services in order to make applications with solid back end infrastructure such as authenticating schemes, customizating application configuration, and caching frequently used data.

With the popularity of ASP.NET, many expert developers have stepped in the market to offer quality outsourcing ASP.NET development services to clients from varied industry verticals. Find your developer and get improved functionalities and usability online.

Jai Prakash Sharma
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