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How to Choose a Web Developer to Create Your Online Template Site

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Introduction
There are many web sites that offer you an inexpensive way to create a website with their template system. The templates exist on their servers, and the resulting website is hosted within their system. This is different from getting a template that you move into your computer to create your website. Some common places that you can go for these sites are Yahoo, Network Solutions, Volution and, possibly, even your webhost.

Online template systems are found online, and, typically offer you an “easy” and inexpensive way to build your website. Notice the quotations about easy. The actual process of building and maintaining the online template site might not feel like it’s easy and inexpensive. The reality is that, in most cases, it really is easier to use an online template system than it is to start a new website from scratch. Also, you can get a site up much more quickly because the internal structure and background images of the site are already done.

One downside is that because the site is held completely within a different system, you can’t just take a copy of it, if you decide to move your site. The only parts of the site that are yours are your own images and text. Another downside is that the site is only changeable within the areas of the pages that they have set the programming to allow the text or image changes. Some online template systems allow more changes than others. Finally, while these sites offer many professional quality graphics for your use, those same graphics are available to their other clients.

How Online Templates Work
Most everything that you add to your online template website is through a normal online form. You enter your titles, prices, image descriptions, paragraphs, etc through a form. You upload your product images through a Browse button. In other words, you don’t have to do (or know) any coding. You fill out the forms and the pages are created by the programming.

However, using these systems is not as “bingo presto” as the advertisement say it is. There is no getting around the fact that even small websites are complicated. They are a combination of code and design and images and photography and text and, marketing.. It is not realistic to expect that a unique website can be built with a couple of clicks. Online web templates have to give you a place to add elements that will show up on every page, such as your banner and contact information. They also have to deal with your content pages. If they decide ahead of time what pages you get, you might want those changed. What if you want some of the content on the pages to be formatted your way, instead of their way? It is possible that they will give you a place to add your HTML code, but then you have to know the code. The templates have to allow you to add images, but do those images go where you want them. And, if you supply the images, who will create them?

Some online templates that look great, only look great in certain browsers and at certain screen resolutions. I have looked at the coding, for some online templates, and found many coding errors, which some browsers can deal with and others not. One situation was when an acquaintance sent out the web address of a relative’s new website. I opened it in one browser, and the middle of the page had sunk below the first screen on most pages. When I checked the code, I found many CSS errors – but you have to know the code to understand what happened.

If you want an online shopping cart, you will also have to have photos of all your products, product descriptions, prices, shipping information, tax information, your merchant account information for credit card processing, etc. If you have hundreds of products, just the task of preparing the information for your shopping cart can be quite lengthy.

Finding the Right Developer for your Template Site
Some people who sign up for a template site, do just fine figuring out the system on their own. Others are completely lost. I have been asked to help with a Yahoo template site and a Volusion template site. Even with years of web development experience, I did not find either system intuitive to use. In fact, I was surprised at how badly they labeled the links to go through the systems and how badly they explained the development steps. I did find that Volusion had excellent technical support by phone, but it would have been better if they had just created a good interface for regular people instead of for their own techs.

So, the developer for your online template site should have some experience with online templates (as opposed to just building sites from scratch.) Before you sign up for an online template system, ask the developer which template systems work best. If they already have successful experiences with a certain product, it will save a lot of time ($$$) to use that system. The developer will also be able to tell you the shortcomings of different systems – but not all systems as they come and go.

Your developer should also have great communication skills to show you how to weed through the backend mess. In most cases, you don’t want to depend on your developer for every little website change in the future. That’s why you are using the templates in the first place! But, ask your developer if he or she will be available to give you a hand, if something unexpected comes up.

Your developer should also understand how websites work. Such a developer will know what ought to be available in the forms and will have a better idea what to hunt for. The developer will also know what to ask technical support, who may or may not communicate well. For example, by calling technical support, I found out that Volusion won’t allow you to have more than one domain name unless you register those domain names through them. For that client, I had the second domain name pointed through their registrar, by-passing the online template system. But, I had to have the background to know that it should be available and that there had to be another way around the block.

Finally, it is not unusual for an online template system to go down (broke.) That means that your website will disappear. And, as I mentioned before, you can’t pick it up and move it. So, have a backup plan for a new website.

Tips on Picking the Right Web Development Company For Your Business

Friday, August 24th, 2018

When you are choosing to create a website for your business it is different then just having your personal website done. When you need it done for your business you will want to hire professionals. But how do you know even how to start find the right company for the job? Well even if you know a guy who knows a guy who develops a little. That probably is not the best way to go. It would be fine if you just want a personal site done. For many reasons that we will discuss.

Always do your research. The best way to find a web development company is through word of mouth. Then you truly know what kind of work they can do. You can also ask them how their experience was. If you don’t know anyone that has a website then done then you can always go online and look for web developers in your area.

Check out their site and see how their site functions, and also take a look at how their website is designed. That will give you a good idea of what they can offer. After you have found one that you think you like call them. Talk to them and let them know what you are looking for. This will give you a good idea how the communication will be between you and the developer. Another thing to keep in mind when you are checking out their work is, is there variety? Or does each website look the same with different colors, logos etc.

Listen to what they are asking you. They should be asking what kind of business it is, what your goal is for the site and also they should be asking about what your long term goal is. With a good web developer this is the kind of information they need to create your design.

Try to find a company that has more than one developer. At accompany most times one guy does the design and another does the developing. All though that is not always the case. When there is more than one person they are able to bounce ideas off each other. The end result will be a more creative and functional site.

Look around and get some proposals’. This has a lot to do with you too. You have to have a realistic budget in mind. Don’t think that you are going to get an e-commerce site done for one thousand dollars. Also a website takes some time. You cannot have a fully functioning site done a week or two. A lot goes into the developing process. Another thing is make sure you are not going to hold up the developer. If you have a deadline set then it is also your responsibility to get the developer the information they will need for the site.

Keeping these things in mind will give a good idea who will be the best company that will suit your companies’ needs.

Why It’s Important to Choose a Good Custom Web Development Agency

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Any time it comes to buying something from a company, most of us continually look for professionalism and trust. The reason is the fact that we do not desire to end up getting cheated and we feel that skilled companies will not be unfaithful to their clients. When it involves generating a Website Design, our method is no different. We want to get a specialized graphic design studio that could build our site professionally.

Nonetheless, the question is: What’s the meaning of a professional web design firm? The response is: You can find a specific traits that design organizations have and we’ve got to verify and observe that the company we seek has individuals traits or not. Therefore, let us go over them step by step right now.

First of all, all specialized companies have two important pages: About Us and Contact Us. These web pages are vital as you’ll be able to assess the functionality of a firm by reading its About Us web page. If any of these web pages are missing when you visit a web site, you must be careful and it truly is advised that you just steer clear of undertaking this kind of organization.

Now, one particular vital feature of a web development agency is that they offer you a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Why spend money if there is no fulfillment? Therefore, this really is a thing you should always look for once you take a look at the web page of the internet design corporation.

One more important thing that expert internet style businesses provide is usually a 100% Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee. Only a firm which has faith in their designers can offer this make sure to their clients. In case they do not, you should not do business with such an organization.