Many websites aren’t simply online brochures – they’re a functioning part of the business. It’s possible to integrate virtually anything you might need, be it the ability to sell online (an online shop)
, the ability to update your site yourself with no specific technical knowledge (content management) or the need to store customer details (databases). ‘How much does it cost?’ is the first question for most.The computer system itself will not cost much. The basic hardware and software should suffice for basic web design. Purchase software like Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop if you want additional tools. For hardware, you can buy any basic laptop for sale. Even cheap computers have enough computing power to for you to perform basic web design. As every job varies tremendously, this is something the company can only answer for definite with a carefully thought-out quote, though my guidance prices will give you an idea. The design process you’ll go through is a logical sequence, which begins by (gently) squeezing your brains to find out what you want and need for your site with a web consultation and quote.
If your website will feature photographs of your product or service, then high-quality images are vital. This might be a physical product such as furniture, or jewellery, or the interior of a property. The photos should be in-focus, well-composed, with good colour balance, contrast and lighting.
If you don’t have your own photographs already, there are many professional companies available who specialise in this sort of photography. For interior shots, you can create 360° ‘virtual reality’ panoramas using a specialised rotating tripod head.
Start accepting online payments with your new website, streamline your business operation, and draw in new sales. Only a few short years ago the emerging world of online shopping, or ‘e-commerce’, was regarded by many shoppers as a shady area, something you wouldn’t want to get too close to with your credit card details. Nowadays, that perception has completely changed, and online purchasing is seen as a legitimate, secure and increasingly established way of doing business. In fact, for many businesses, even those offering traditional services, online sales and bookings become the way of generating customer bookings or product sales after developing a website.
It’s essential to have a good e-commerce design that has been created by professionals. It should be easy to navigate, show products and services being sold clearly and are easy to search for. It should also include key features such as a shopping cart. The page should have all the relevant information such as “About Us” and terms about deliveries and returns. All of these aspects, as well as needing to be visually appealing will help consumers ease of use and satisfaction.
A custom-built shopping cart can be created for your site, to match the products you wish to sell. There are several approaches to take, depending on the complexity of your online store, the degree of integration you want with your site and whether or not you are prepared to sign up for internet credit card facilities with a payment processor. There are many solutions available. The top ones recommended are PayPal and Worldpay.
You may want to do something more complex with your website, like an online test of some kind, a customer survey, or a log-in system. In that case, that’s where ‘online applications’ come into play.
Designers can also add an online application as part of your existing website, or factor it in, as part of the development of a new one. All application development work is done to an agreed quote. If you need to build a brand new website or already have one which needs updating and developing, professional web design companies are happy to help and make any changes you might need.
Responsive Web Design
One thing to consider with the rise of mobile and tablet technology is whether your website performs well on a range of devices. Google has introduced ranking metrics for sites that don’t work or have bad User Experience on mobile devices. With this in mind, it is worth investing in a responsive website for mobile and tablets.
Lastly, you should take the decision about web hosting service. This might be a bit tricky as there is plenty of web hosting companies. However we recommend to use common sense, it doesn’t has to be VPS if you are not planning to drive a lot of traffic, but choosing an unlimited web hosting option would be a good idea.