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					So, you've finally decided that you need a web site for your business?
Well, there are a few key-points to remember BEFORE you make one of the
most crucial decisions for your business. Choosing the right designer for
your new business web site:When it comes to choosing the right web
designer for your web site, you should always shop around first to check
out all of the available options. There are many web design companies out
there to choose from. And most of them are pretty good at what they
do.Always ask to see samples of a web designer's previous work and
examine their portfolio. This will help you get a better feel for the
style of sites any particular web designer is capable of doing. Most of
the time, web designers have their own unique style and you can easily
spot which designs they've done in the past. I mean, it's similar to any
other artist's style; you can definitely spot their previous works based
on the general layout, color scheme, and over-all visual appearance of
the sites.Experience is also a key factor here. Just like any other
craft, web designers get better with experience. So naturally, you'll be
better off by choosing a web designer who has more experience under his
or her belt.Another key point you should define is whether or not the web
designer can make you a 100% custom web site. Or will it be just a basic
template web design that 100's or even 1,000's of people already have
across the Internet. Pretty much anybody these days can create a basic
HTML web page in Microsoft Word or Publisher and change the title of it
to reflect their Branson business. But you must ask yourself: "is this
really what I'm looking for"?Web sites that are truly custom built will
stand out more the rest of the basic template web designs that so many
people are using these days. A custom web design will catch the eye of
your potential customers and show them that you have a really
professional web presence and you mean business. A lot of web designers
these days choose to do the template web sites for one of 2 reasons:It's
cheaper to use a basic template web design. They might be lacking the
necessary skills needed to develop a fully custom web site. Whatever the
case may be, make sure you go with a designer who is capable of creating
a custom web design for you. It will inevitably cost you more for a
custom site. But it is totally worth the extra money spent. Trust me, in
the end you will be much happier with your web site if it is a site
that's unique and created for just your business and not everybody
else's.Communication with a potential web designer is also critical in
the development of your web site. You need to be perfectly clear and
define your goals up-front, before you actually sign a web design service
contract with a designer. Make sure you know what you are getting for
your money and make sure you get it in writing! I have a 9-page web site
design contract that I use every single time I design a new web site.
Included in this contract is an itemized list of all work that is to be
performed during the development of the web site. Things like the exact
number of pages, the exact number of graphics to be designed, whether or
not I need to create a logo, the estimated time before completion,
whether or not routine site maintenance will be performed after the site
is 6 months or 1 year old, etc.Defining these things will help you in the
long run and will also make sure you and the web designer are on the same
page.I also use what I call my "web design planning worksheet". This
worksheet gives "milestones" or deadlines for each phase of the web
design project. Things like "In 2 weeks the general layout will be done"
and "2 weeks after that, the site will be coded and launched" and then
"In one moth after the web site is launched, we will evaluate it to see
what needs to be adjusted", etc. (these are just examples, by the way.
the details included in one of my actual worksheets gives exact dates and
more specific milestones).And what about the web hosting for your new web
site? Usually, a web designer will provide some kind of insight as to
which hosting company they recommend. Web designers in general have a
preference for a hosting company that they know will be a good choice for
your web site and they should assist you in making this
selection.Fortunately, we have our own web server here at Digital Spiral
Web Design so we can do all of the hosting ourselves. This is very
beneficial because we can make sure the web server stays up and running
and if there is any maintenance that needs to be performed on the server,
we can do it ourselves in a timely manner. Plus, we will always cut a
deal for our web site hosting services to any new business who chooses us
to do their web design.Will your new web site require any specialized web
programming? Well, the answer to that question is based solely on the
needs of your Branson web site. What kind of site will it be? Does it
need a shopping cart for e-commerce? Will you be implementing any special
web applications or online forms for your viewers to fill out? Will it be
a web site that requires your viewers to fill out registrations and sign
up so they can login? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions,
then chances are you'll need a web designer who can also program.Web
developers and designers must be skilled in the art of web PROGRAMMING
(something that is very different from regular web DESIGN). Web
programming involves the implementation of different web programming
languages like JAVA, PHP, Flash, SQL, or.NET. All of these web
programming languages need highly skilled individuals to code them and
develop web programs with them.I personally love PHP! I use it for pretty
much everything. I won't go into the details of PHP in this article (I
would have to write an entire book about it to cover all of it). But with
PHP, I can create pretty much any web application that is logically
possible.So, make sure you choose a web designer who is also capable of
coding any special functions that your new web site needs. This decision
needs to be discussed and gone over by any potential web designer you
might use to create your Branson web site.And finally, you should always
check with the potential web designer's previous clients to make sure
they give him or her a good reference. Remember: it just like any other
service. You need to verify a web designer's references and make sure
they can do what they say they can do.So, just to summarize all of the
tips I've mentioned:Ask questions, questions, and more questions before
you choose a web designer. Clearly define your goals from the beginning.
Ask to see the web designer's portfolio and samples of their previous
work. Make sure they can help you with choosing a web hosting provider.
Get documentation to show exactly how many pages will be included in the
project and the estimated time before completion. If your Branson web
site requires special web programming, make sure the designer can handle
it. I hope this article helps anybody who is getting ready to have a new
web site designed. A good web site can really do wonders for your
business!Here at Branson website design, we specialize in affordable
custom web design for all businesses! We also offer very affordable
pricing for our web hosting services. If you would like to know more
about our services or to see our web design portfolio, visit our main
company web site at the link below. We offer affordable custom web
designs!-Cole PannellThe Branson ProBranson websites

				
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