So before I pitch our services to you, here’s a few things you need to know if you’re thinking about setting up a website for your business:
- You get what you pay for. If you go for the cheapest offer on the table, paying less attention to it than you do deciding what to wear tomorrow, then you get what you get, its as simple as that.
- Your website will be a reflection of you and your business. You should know exactly what you do, what you sell, and how you want to sell it. An idea scribbled on a napkin does not make a business plan and a website will not turn a crappy idea into a good one.
- The more information you have about your business, documented and ready to go, the smoother your experience in building your site will be. Your web designer will not have the special powers to create you original, branded, proof-read sales material and your next 2 year’s marketing plan based on one email containing 200 words, which was copy & pasted from somebody else’s site.
- If you have staff, get their bios and photos sorted. If you have testimonials, get them all in one place.
- Talk to other business owners who have websites of their own, they have had experiences, good or bad, you’ll learn from them (hopefully one of them told you about me and that’s why you’re here :)).
- Don’t entrust your new business’ future with close friends or family, it might turn out OK but why would you risk the relationship as well as the completion of your new site?
- Try to meet your new web designer. In today’s interconnected world this isn’t always possible, but we do have Skype. You need to find someone you trust and can communicate with. You’re less likely to get a good product if you only communicate over email or Facebook. Plan some voice time.
- Images make a site. Low resolution iphone pictures and snaps from Instagram will not do. Consider the costs of a photographer or stock imagery in your plans.
- Schedule meetings and calls with your prospective designer, ask them to set up regular discussions to talk about about the progress of the project, and any issues.
- Don’t pay up front for a Website, hold the largest payment until you’re happy with the end result.
Hopefully these points will help you in your quest for a good designer. If it’s not us, we wish you well.
So we’ve helped you with a bit of information, so let us tell you a little about our services before you go:
We build websites for businesses who want to be successful, your success is our success.
We can take you from zero to internet hero in a very short time. We’ll explain the basics of getting your business set up on the web, the pros and cons of various site platforms and what you need to do to start showing up in Search Engines.
We’ll give you the options you need to consider based on your business’ needs and We’ll make you to go do some homework, which will help you to look at your business from your customers’ viewpoint, not your own. If you’re not ready for a website yet, We’ll be honest and tell you the things you need to have ready to launch your business online.
If you need help starting your business up, we offer accounting packages for all budgets, from basic company setup to more complex business intelligence insight. We’ve worked for the big firms and we know what works, and what’s needed.
Our managed hosting service can provide you with everything you need to run a smooth site once you’re online, including hosting in different continents, managing your site’s content, using your site to communicate with existing customers, ongoing maintenance and monitoring your SEO ranking.
Or, if you’d rather look after your own affairs, we can build your site on a host of your choice and give you the knowledge to operate your site at whatever level you feel comfortable.
Contact us to learn more…