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What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is essentially your address on the web, for example blisswebdesign.com or google.co.uk.
A website will require at least one requested domain name usually yourbusinessname.com. Many common names, places and business type domain names will be already registered and taken. This is why it is import if you are a new start-up business, to check if the domain name you have chosen for your new business is available.
If the domain name you want is already registered we can help you find one that will best suit your requirements.
The best domain names are short and easy to spell with no hyphens it is important that your customers are able to remember it.
Your domain name will also be used in your email addresses for example firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. This is one of the reasons you don't want your domain name to be too long.
What is hosting?
Hosting is basically the space on a computer (called a server) where a websites files, pages, pictures, content, programs etc. are uploaded and located. A websites cannot perform without hosting.
Once a web site has been uploaded to a hosting account within the server any one with internet access will be able to see it. A hosting account will also look after your emails amongst other things.
Do I need to be local to you for you to build a website for me?
No, we can produce a complete web site while communicating by telephone and email even Skype if you wish, however, it's nice to meet in person if possible.
I've seen an ad for a free web site builder on TV, why should I pay for one?
Because you usually get what you pay for. You will find these companies will get their money off of you in other ways. There will be a charge for your hosting, your emails, the size of your site, expensive help lines when something goes wrong, to name but a few. Remember, just because you can buy a pair of pliers doesn't mean you're a dentist.
We all have different skills and talents, it is better to not have a website than to have a generic one with the same content and images as dozens of other sites on the net. You site will also need to be found and indexed by search engines. A good web designer has many skills, if you want your website that looks, impresses, performs and is original, then you need to hire a professional web designer.
How much will a website cost me?
Every web design and development project has to be unique. Every customer's requirements will vary widely. So it all depends on the time we think we will spend on developing the site.
A simple redesign of a relatively basic website that needs a little bit of revamping and updating could cost as little as £100.00.
A website of 5 to 8 pages consisting of a home page, a contact page with all the other pages of the same format as the home page, would cost in the region of £300 to £600, depending on the content supplied.
If you need us to look after the written content, supply the images and graphic, design logos then understandably the cost will rise to reflect the time spent on the website project.
Obviously, these are all very rough estimates, but we would be happy to give you a more precise quotation for your specific project. You will be surprised how economical a website is compared to conventional advertising and the extra business and reputation a website can bring to your organisation.
When do I have to pay for my website?
We will require 50% of the total cost once the contract has been awarded to us and we have agreed the size and layout of your website. Then we will want the final 50% when the website goes live.
How long will it take to build our website?
We will build your website as quickly as possible but the time taken for each project will differ on the size and the input you wish to put into the site. But as a rough guide a site consisting of 5 to 8 pages with most of the content provided by you would take 2 to 3 weeks. The same site but with most of the content supplied by us would take 5 to 7 weeks
If you're hosting the site with us, as soon as we have your order we will put a single page site up with a brief description of what you do and your contact details which will include your new email address if required.
Can you sort out our domain name, hosting and web design?
We would be happy to; we can provide all the online needs for your company. You will then have just one phone call to make if you have any problems or need help or updates. We will register your domain name, design your website, provide your web hosting and set up the various email accounts you require.