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If this is your first website then below you will find brief information regarding the steps involved in getting your website online.
After your initial contact with us outlining your requirement, if you wish to proceed, we will ask you for a deposit of 40%.
If you don't already have one, we will help you decide on a domain name (the address people type into their browser to find your site) and purchase it for you once your deposit has been received.
We will discuss with you the number of pages you require and the likely content of your new website. Don't worry if you don't know at this stage as we can advise depending on the information you tell us you wish to include. Websites can always be extended at a later date.
We will ask you if you have any design preferences or specific requirements. Links to sample sites are useful in order to gain an understanding of your taste and style ideas. We always build sites 'from the ground up' so you can be sure that your design will be unique.
Once you have sent us your content and any images you wish to include, via email or on CD, we will draw up a draft design, including a logo if required and present this to you via a link to your draft site on our server for your approval. This will be password protected, however you are free to share this link with any interested parties.
We can help with advice on writing your content, however we cannot write it for you. While we know our business inside out, we do not know yours!
If you don't have any suitable images, we can often source some for you. Your logo can be supplied in a resolution suitable for printing on letterheads or business cards.
When you have reviewed your site we will then work with you to make any changes you require until the final design meets with your approval.
Once the design of the website is complete, we ask you to fully test all pages and links. We test too, but unfortunately we are human and can sometimes miss things. This is especially important for shop sites where postage and delivery options can vary acording to items purchased so it is vital that you are fully satisfied that everything works as expected.
When the final design has been agreed and the website fully tested, the balance due is payable and we will set up the hosting for your site (the file space your website will occupy on our server) and point your domain name to it. The website will be password protected until the final payment has been received. If you have purchased your own domain name to be used with your site we will need access to your control panel (you will have received an email from the company from whom you purchased the name with details) in order to do this. At this point any email addresses will also then be set up.
For database driven websites (eg ecommerce shops) which are more complex to build and configure, we generally set up the hosting and build the site on its 'live' home from the outset.
Despite best testing endeavours, occasionally problems may be discovered after the website has been made live. If any problems are found then these should be notified as soon as possible so they can be corrected. Problems are always fixed free of charge.
Promoting your website
Generally we advise clients that a Google Adwords campaign is well worth considering in order to gain exposure for your website. We can advise on setting one up or we can do it for you for an additional fee. See our Adwords articles for more information.
If you would like us to clarify any points or discuss your requirements, please contact us for a free consultation on 01227 250150 or use our contact form.
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