Tuesday, 16 November 2010

How to improve your website before you start to build it! Part 1

Small business websites, before you build
We have found that many businesses do very little research into how websites work before they build their own. Our opinion is the more you know, the easier it is to get what you want first time.
This guide is aimed at small businesses who are thinking about purchasing or updating a website. Its purpose is to help you understand some of the important elements that make a website work, and will enable you to converse with your designer or programmer.
Hiring someone to build you a website
Many designers are not technical, many programmers are not designers, and neither are usually qualified for search engine optimisation. You should check how your site will be optimised for search engines and if this will be an additional cost to the design of the site.
Domain names
You will need to purchase a domain name (web address) and hosting facilities. These can usually be bought from one company. The web address will need to be registered to you (business owner) and the hosting is usually bought in 12 month plus blocks.
The cost of hosting can vary depending on the type of features you want to be included on your website and how large your site will be. Most small businesses with a 5-10 page website can get away with a basic package, if you are unsure talk to someone at the hosting company, they are usually quite helpful. Your designer or programmer may be able to help you too.

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