Creating Great Websites - Making Satisfied Customers
(TOD) - We are not designing websites just based on pretty pictures and bright colors. There is a science to website design that involves a skill-set that the average client often doesn't even know about. Your site could provide customer support, sell a product or service, capture visitor information, manage memberships. Documents, files, and so much more.
Your website is the face of your business!
You’ve spent hard earned money on equipment, office space, employees. Don't launch a website design that squanders the precious 4 seconds you have to make a first impression.
Website Design Goals
- Are visitors comforted by intuitive navigation?
- Is the website design interactive and interesting enough to hold a visitors attention?
- Is the content rich enough to add value to your brand?
- Is the layout responsive enough to be viewed on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones?
- Is your site structured in a framework that performs well when indexed by search engines and social media so you get found?
When finding someone to perform website design, don't try to use terms that you are not 100% certain of. I see client ads all the time that ask for: "...someone to design my website and handle all the SEO." , or "...must show qualifications on paper.". Sometimes I see, "...I already have hosting and my domain I just need someone who can publish my site.", or "I need an e-commerce store, so you must know Java Script.". OK, most clients aren't experts in SEO, Hosting servers, Java, or developer qualifications, because if they were, they would do their own website design. These terms, and specifications, can get in your way when talking to a web developer. Think in terms of what you want your site to do.
What else does TOD offer?
Hosting - More than just Web design - There are ads on TV that tell you all sorts of things. But they don't mention basic things your web developer will need to consider regarding hosting your website. What operating system will the server use? How reliable are the servers? And the mail servers? Is their package a good value? A good web developer in addition to being an expert in website design, has real experience running on different hosts and server environments and KNOWS where to go of the best hosting based on the needs of the website they're building for you. I have even seen clients purchase hosting contracts that are unable to run applications used in their website. The Developer can be left in a situation where additional time and money is billed trying a workaround or making changes to the hosting environment. - See our Hosting Packages
E-commerce - This used to be a big deal. websites designed with Web stores were all custom built. Now very few are. Why? E-commerce solutions are offered by web hosts and other vendors, within do-it-yourself website design frameworks, CMS platforms like Wordpress, and Joomla, and more technically involved platforms like ZenCart. Of course, you can skip website design and sell on sites such as Amazon and Etsy. Fact is, many people these days want to sell stuff on the internet. But what’s the best way to go? Have a detailed discussion with your prospective web designer and find out what their solution is to your need. Are you selling 3 things? 1000 things? a service? a downloadable product like music? Are you local or Worldwide? How will you get paid? How will you deliver? Will your site be secure?
Website design is a science. Who is qualified and who is not is the evaluation you will have to make. Make it with information! After having discussions based on your needs, who communicated the best, most competent answers? Who had experience and could show example websites? Do they provide some sandbox examples of web elements so you may better evaluate the look and the feel? You bet we do!
Know the goals of your website:
- You want people to hear your message.
- You want people to understand what you offer.
- You want to drive business to your physical location.
- You want people to contact you.
- You need to provide customer support.
- You want people to purchase your product or service online.
- You want to capture visitor information for future marketing.
- You want to get the most traffic to promote online Ad sales.
- You are an organization that needs an online presence.
- You want people be able to see and use your site on mobile devices.
More Than Just web design
- Even If you don't need a whole new website, we are happy to help. In addition to website design, we can offer website maintenance, graphic design, Ebay HTML templates and other custom work.
- Do you need Service after the sale? Of course you do! We provide you with training so you can operate your new website (to the extent you want to).
- We don't limit your revisions. Many web design company’s and freelancers limit the revisions you can make to their design. We would never leave you dissatisfied. Don't like something? We'll change it! It's that simple.
- Logos are usually included as part of designing your website. I have seen others charge separately for this. We never have hidden fees or surprise charges.
- We have experience in many industries and a strong background in sales and marketing. We are happy to use this knowledge to help you reach your goals.
- Need answers about using the web to meet your business goals. We can consult while you design and build your own website.
- Need a domain name? Contact us and we can register it for you in minutes.
- Need Hosting that is reliable and easy to manage. Order here, and you can sign up and be running in minutes with our world class hosting.
- Just want a pro web designer opinion for free? We are happy to discuss your goals. call us any time.
- Never talk to a salesperson! We don't have em! You work one on one with TOD! We insist on your satisfaction.
- On a tight budget? Who isn’t? We know a lot of options and will always give you ways to get things done with the budget you have.
- We never buy templates and pre-built solutions unless strictly required by the client (even then we don't like it). Why? Because CREATING solutions is what we know how to do. Web design is not buying bits & pieces and pasting them together.
- Want to master managing Facebook, twitter or other social media. It's an area that is full of old wives tales and mythology. We can help you sort it.
- We have experience in broadcast quality HD Video production. We can help you develop and deploy video content in any media stream.