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Critical Questions you need to Ask

You should ask at minimum the following questions whether you choose our services, or not.

Top Questions to Ask Yourself

What is the purpose of my website?

Consider This

Websites are often the front door to your business or organization. With a clear purpose, we can design a site that effectively communicates your purpose (business identity, provide information, sell products, etc).

What measurable goals do I hope to accomplish?

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Think about some specific goals you hope to accomplish with a website. Maybe you wish to increase sales of a new product line, or increase membership of your non profit organization.

What content do I have to publish on my website?

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The more content you have specific to your business, the more effective your website will be. Think about services, policies, staff qualifications, licenses, recognition, maps, pictures, newsletters, documents, etc.

Who is my target audience?

Consider This

An efficient website is designed with your target audience in mind. Different audiences reactions vary from site to site. A website that teaches Advanced Computer Programming Concepts will have a significantly different interface than one that sells car parts.

What is my budget?

Consider This

DO NOT pay for more than you need to accomplish your purpose and measurable goals (see above questions). Also consider the return on your investment. Your website will likely pay for itself after a couple months at which point you can upgrade site features to remain competitive.

Top Questions to Ask Web Developer/Designer

Ask to see examples of their work?

Consider This

You can learn a lot about a company by viewing a single website.

  • Check to see they meet World Wide Web Consortium (w3c) compliance in writing your website source.
  • See if pages load in an acceptable time frame using Web Page Analyzer - 0.961
  • Check to see how the website looks in various screen resolutions.
  • Check to see how the website looks between various web browsers on different operating systems.
Our Answer

View our Portfolio

Do you use a template, or create unique custom websites for each client?

Consider This

Template based websites are limited in meeting customized goals, and effectice page rankings in search engines. A good indicator of template based design is when a firm pushes certain features on you, and refuse others.

Our Answer

We build unique custom websites.

What kind of facilities and software do you have access to?

Consider This

If a designer has a lone Windows Laptop with Microsoft Paint, it will be difficult to develop a high quality website.

Our Answer

We have access to Windows, Macintosh, Unix/Linux platforms installed with respective O/S specific web browsers. We use Adobe products including PhotoShop, Illustrator, and PageMaker for graphics; and develop source code with Microsoft Visual Studio.

How long have you been in business for?

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Firms new to the market can be a risky choice. Your site may go down, and your hosting solution skips town. Maintenance and support of your website are as critical as the product itself. You can check a company's domain to see what their server's uptime is to get an indication of how long they've been in business.

Our Answer

Designing/Developing Websites since August 2000.

Do you charge for initial consultations?

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The time of a designer/developer is valuable and many will charge just to speak with you. You should not have to pay anything until you've agreed to some base terms, and a firm's willingness to talk to you before making payment is a good indication of how they will treat you after payment is received.

Our Answer

We do not charge you anything until we've agreed to a proposal, and guarantee your satisfaction.

Does your firm's work adhere to search engine guidelines?

Consider This

Search Engine Optimization techniques can be unethical and will result in your website being removed from search engines. Make sure to understand whether such techniques are practiced (common examples are "shadowed domains" or "doorway pages").

Our Answer

We adhere to ethical search engine optimization practices. Read about Google's Ethical Search Engine Guidelines

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