Web Design Services
Web Design Services
Web Design Frequently Asked Questions
For many people, getting into the World Wide Web seems to be a daunting task. Others feel somewhat confident, but need to know more about an area or have specific questions. To ask a question not found below, use our Contact Us page.
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions and our answers to them.
- Why do some companies charge more for web design than others?
- How does the process of building a custom web site work?
- Can I register a domain name through Profit Gate?
- What does "hosting a site" mean and do you provide hosting?
- If I decide not to buy hosting services from Profit Gate, are there any special requirements my host needs to have?
- What marketing services do you offer?
- I've heard of Meta-tags. What are they and do you put them on my site?
With web designs, you generally get what you pay for. Some companies just 'slap together' what looks like a website, but these usually produce little or no results. To do this right the first time, building your website so that it actually produces good results will require many steps - consultations, planning, high-level graphics and programming. Most importantly, the project is managed by not just "web-mechanics", but business-savvy web experts. You can get cheap designs all over the place; but they rarely make any money.
The first step is called the "architecture" of the site. It starts with getting information from you. We collect any photos or graphics (like logos) you may want and text content for the pages. This stage not only covers the design concept of the site but also the navigation of it (which page will link to which page, etc.). The architecture is critical as the whole site is based on it.
Mock-ups (or artistic renditions) of the site are provided to you very fast - usually within a few days. From here we work to finalize the artwork and it then moves to the next phase.
Page creation: Once you decide on a particular look we get very busy building the pages with your content, pictures, graphics, etc. After this is done you are requested to check it for approval and after any adjustments are made this part is complete.
Concurrent with the pages being created if there are any e-commerce or other programming functions needed they are done. This includes shopping carts, forums, user interfaces (username/password and private information), order tracking panels, etc.
Regular updates are provided as the project moves forward and revisions are made until completion.
Absolutely! This is an important service we offer. On our Domain Registration page you can search for various names and register them -- you don't have to purchase other services from us to use this service, and the prices we offer are excellent!
Hosting refers to where your web site is stored. Everything you see on the Internet is saved on a computer somewhere. Hosting companies offer high powered computers for this purpose. Some offer the service for free -- in exchange for you allowing them to advertise on your site -- while others charge fees large and small.
Think of hosting as rent. Your site needs a piece of real-estate for people to visit it. Once your site "moves in" to its new home people may visit it. The quality of the hosting is a big issue and there are many opinions on the subject. The main points to consider are:
- Are you dealing with a Reseller. If so, then service could become a problem later. It's best to deal with a company that actually manages the hosting equipment, not some reseller under them.
- Support Services . Call the hosting company. How difficult is it to reach a real person. Sooner or later, you will most likely need help. If the support is email only, beware. If the people in support are helpful, great. If they are not helpful, beware. Your website hosting support is as important as having good medical help handy when an emergency occurs.
- Reliability. If your hosting service goes offline more than a few minutes per month, you have a problem. Although no host is perfect, a good one would normally run 24/7 for years, with little or no down time.
Overly cheap hosting, (promises of extremely high disk space and tremendous bandwidth for a small fee), is great for sites that are failures. Why do we say this? Because the host doesn't think you'll ever amount to anything traffic-wise, and they can offer this tremendous "deal." The companies with this type of hosting generally aren't expecting much in the way of traffic so they're "safe."
WARNING: Some hosts have been known to sell very cheap hosting, and when a customer has a site that really takes off and uses huge amount of space and bandwidth, the host just cancels the deal and rids themselves of the burden. Nice eh?
We expect volume traffic to our sites -- particularly business-related sites that take advantage of our marketing services.
And yes we offer inexpensive hosting, but it's realistically priced, relative to what you're paying for - this way neither of us gets ripped off. See our Hosting page.
If I decide not to buy hosting services from Profit Gate, are there any special requirements my host needs to have?
No. We build all websites within "industry standards". Most servers that host web sites are either Windows based or Unix based (these are two different operating systems that handle computing tasks in unique ways). In either case we've got you covered. If Profit Gate builds your site, it will function on any standard host server.
This is an excellent question. After all, what good is a web site if no one comes to see and use it? Besides getting your site into search engines and directories on the internet (which is vital if people are to find you by searching for you) there are other marketing strategies to take advantage of.
We offer a service called Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Imagine someone doing a search on Google, Bing, AOL, or Yahoo, and right there on the first page, is your web site! Profit Gate does this for Clients routinely.
Another marketing service we offer is PayPerClick Ad Management. We can set up, manage, and keep your ad campaign on budget for you.
Call Dan Lewis at Profit Gate for more details. 727-585-3850 or Toll-Free 1-866-814-8577.
Meta-tags are basically words or commands put on a web page that browsers, search engines and directories can see but are invisible to visitors to your site. One of these tags is used to display a title on your browser (if you look at the very top of your browser this page says, "Web Design FAQ'S | Profit Gate, Inc."). There are many other tags that perform various other functions.
Search engines and directories used to look for a meta-tag regarding key words — you'd list the key words describing the content of your web page and they would index your site accordingly. The more relevant the words were, the better chance you had of your site being pulled up in a search by someone. However, this was heavily abused and as a result, the major search engines look for these tags as only a small part of the whole ranking score.