Website Design

Making Satisfied Customers

At TOD we are Creating Great Websites & Making Satisfied Customers. We are not designing websites just based on pretty pictures and bright colors. There is a method to creating websites that involves a knowledge brought about by years of development experience. Your site could provide customer support, sell a product or service, capture visitor information, manage memberships. Documents, files, and so much more. We look forward to putting our knowledge and experience to work for you

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 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?

Getting Started!

When defining your project, it is best not to become tied up in technology. This means that you need only know what goals your website needs to achieve, and communicate this to a development team. Technology statements such as "I need an e-commerce store, so I need to hire someone who knows Java Script.". are actually sometimes used by prospective clients and are really not necessarily accurate. Determining what technologies should be used is best left to a professional developer. At TOD we have the experience and knowledge to employ the best technologies to achieve your websites goals., We look forward to hearing about what goals your site needs to meet. Prepare yourself by thinking in terms of what you want your site to do by creating user stories. More about user stories | More about Website Goals

Hosting & Domain Names too!

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

E-commerce used to be complex and costly. Websites designed with Web stores were either custom built or were run by cart software with hard to understand controls. Today with CMS platforms like Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, and more, the process is much more streamlined and many clients can run their own stores with a minimal learning curve. Fact is, many people these days want to sell online and TOD has platforms and even strategies that can make all the difference in your online success. We have detailed answers to all of your questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: How will you get paid? How will you deliver? How does sales tax work? How to track inventory? How to make your site secure?

SEO & SEM - Search Engine Optimization & Search Engine Marketing Services

Get Your Business Found by Searchers on Google Yahoo and Bing.

Local area targeted Services are available for Local Business too.

Most recent artcle

  • What is Web Hosting?

    My simple definition: Web hosting is a place where the files that make up your website are kept.

    Essentially this is a computer, but unlike your computer, this one is special in that it is dedicated in purpose. It is set up to be accessed by the world by allowing thousands of connections at a time so people can connect to your website.

    Operating system

    Things are a bit different for a server. Like your home or work computer, hosting can be offered with different operating systems.

    Windows is popular on work computers, but that doesn't make it the right choice for a web server. Unix and Linux are common in web servers too. Mac or Apple isn't an option.

    So what do you pick?

    There is a ton of info on the web about the proper server configuration for this or that, but if you want to know the most basic common choice that will run solidly for most everyone and most everything, my answer is Linux Apache servers. This is based on ease of configuration as well as commonality.

    Hosting type (Shared, VPS, and Dedicated)

    For the sake of this article we are discussing commonly offered "Shared" web hosting.  This is different form dedicated or VPS servers. For the most part, if you don't know what a Dedicated or VPS server is, then you don't need to know.

    "Shared" server hosting is what you will be offered by most hosting companies, and costs will range from $2-$20 per month.

    The reason it called "shared" is because your website will be on the same server as a whole bunch of other websites. Your email will run on the same server too. Don't worry, all of your files and emails will be separated, but you will share the same server IP address.

    The fact that you are sharing a server address means that activity coming from someone else on your server can get that server address blocked or blacklisted by others on the web if it does things like send spam emails. There is risk here in that you don't know what others are doing, but good hosting companies monitor activity on servers and have policies in place to make sure others you "share" with will behave.

    Bandwidth, Storage, Databases and other details

    Frankly, These specs vary all over the place. For most people running a typical website like Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, or any HTML/PHP based site. you should find hosting that offers at least 1 SQL database. All of the memory and bandwidth specs depend  almost entirely on how big your site is and how much traffic it will receive. That is tough to figure out, so I recommend starting with a "better" plan.

    What do I mean by a "Better" plan? Most hosting companies offer 3 choices in shared web hosting. The names change but the marketing approach is the same. Its called "Good, Better, best".

    Basically the marketing department figures out what most people need, and offers a mid level plan ant a good price point (this is the "Better" plan). The cheap plan ("Good") is designed just to be cheap and usually is also designed to be missing some features most people need, and the top most expensive plan ("Best") is typically more than what most people need.

    fact is, almost every company will allow you to upgrade at any point should your "better" plan not meet your needs.

    What about the Domain name isn't that part of it?

    This is a common point of confusion. Many companies offer both services. Domain registration is a completely separate service that web Hosting. You may, in fact, register a domain name and not direct it to any website or web hosting at all. You may also have web hosting but not have a domain name assigned to it yet. You may have a domain name at "Company A" and a web hosting account at "Company B".

    Benefit of getting your domain at the same place as your web hosting. Typically when you buy a domain  and hosting together the company you buy from delivers your domain already pointed to the web hosting account. This means you will not need to access your domain name separately and set the DNS records yourself. Read What is a domain name.