Here are a few things to consider
What type of website are you after? What on earth is hosting? How do I get a domain name (www.something)? How will I get found on Google? Can I link to Facebook? Will it work on my phone?
You don’t need to know any of this, as we can chat it through in straight forward terms and sort it for you, (or simply sort it out for you if you don’t want to be bothered with such details) but here are a few notes that we hope you find helpful.
This is a one-page website, roughly the size of a single computer screen (not literally, but just to give you an idea). It’s just right for small start-up businesses on tight budget (sole traders, for example). It may well be all you’ll ever need.
This is a five page website and is the most common website used for a Small Business. The pages can be separate pages, much as you’d expect, or they can be viewed as five pages stacked up vertically, to look like one rather long page. It’s a stylistic thing and quite popular these days. You get a menu to allow your visitors to navigate easily to the pages they want to see.
Let’s say you already have a website and want to expand it, give it a fresh look, make it editable, make it work properly with phones and tablets, link to Facebook, add new photos and features and so on. We can do a straight conversion with a fresh look or re-work the pages and content as required.
You tell us what you’d like and once we’re sure we know what you’re after, we’ll provide a no-obligation quote. This is often asked for, when you have a specific type of website in mind. There’s no practical limit to the number of pages, amount of text, photos, links, email addresses, features and so on.
Whatever you choose, we find it helpful if you send us the address of websites you like the look of and how they work. No, not to copy, but to get an idea of what you’re after.
All websites need to run to a computer that’s connected to the internet. These computers are called servers and they “host” websites; hence the name hosting to refer to the whole system. They’re different from an ordinary desktop computer in that they’re usually located in a secure building, very powerful, have huge capacity, backed up continuously, protected against viruses and other cyber attacks, and are built to be operational the whole time. A server is an industrial strength computer which hosts your website.
Our Hosting Features
- 99.99% Uptime as Standard
- OnApp Cloud-Powered
- Daily Backups as Standard
- Dell & CISCO Hardware
- Servers in Manchester
- Firewall Security Protection
- Each Business Hosting account is limited to 2Gb disk space – that’s a lot!
- It is usually possible to increase the disk space limit – please contact us
- We don’t limit the number of email addresses, email forwarders, autoresponders, databases or ftp accounts, but we do ask account holders to observe “reasonable use”.
- If in doubt – please ask.
Simply put – a domain is an address such as www.firstideas.co.uk or www.amazon.com – allowing you to identify and locate a website or send/receive email at that address, such as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can register a domain for you (in your name of course) or you can register it yourself. Technically, it makes no difference. Once registered, then the domain can be used for your website and email.
SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimisation”. In other words, making your website more easily found when people search for it in Google. There are billions (yes, billions!) of websites out there and Google has them all indexed. So when someone searches for “landscape gardener” how many websites do you reckon will contain those words? Last time I looked, it was 145 million. So your website needs some sort of tuning to be found amongst all the others that cover a similar subject to yours. It’s not an easy task, not everyone can appear on page 1 of Google, but we include basic SEO in all the websites we design and build.
We’ll add your chosen keywords to various internal tags (e.g. title and image alt tags) and to the textual content of your pages. We’ll then tell Google about your new website and after a while Google will index your site.
This is a basic service that we do for all websites and we don’t charge extra for.
Social Media is a marketing tool that can drive people to your website. Once there, they can look at your website, sign up to your newsletter, and generally, you can communicate back and forth. Very, very powerful. So, for example, as well as simply linking your website to Facebook and Twitter, we can set up your website so that when you create a new blog post, it automatically gets sent to your Facebook page and gets tweeted from your account. You may not want to use social media, but if you do, then we can help.