Frequently Asked Questions for Web Design and Social Media Services
“Dotty is an award winning web designer. She designed and manages the website for the Fort Vancouver Lions and won the regional award (WA,ID and British Columbia). If you want your website to make a difference – have her take a look at it!”
You are 100% responsible for the content for your website. This means all text, images, and video. You must also own the copyright for the content. That means you cannot copy from other websites or steal images from other websites. Images must be either purchased from a stock images company or photographer, or your own images that you took with your camera. You will be the one that will be sued for copyright infringement if you use an image that you do not have the right to use.
I do not create content. I will reformat content you provide based upon search engine optimization techniques that I know. However you must provide the content originally.
This usually depends on the client. The biggest thing that holds up the website completion date is content. I can get a site up within 2 weeks of starting the project, yet this rarely occurs. I usually have to wait for the content to be created and submitted to me. I have clients that get their website up and running within a month, and I have clients that have waited over a year to complete the website. It is really up to you.
Social Media sites are liked by the Search Engines. Your profile will get ranked in a search engine just like a web page. Having many different profiles that are all linking to your website will give you a huge advantage over a competitor that is not using this strategy. Other advantages are; it helps your business build trust and credibility online – something that is very hard to gain with just a website. It also gives your potential clients many different ways to find you or your business – increasing the chances they will get to your website.
I have had clients contact me through Facebook – they prefer that method over email or calling. Meet you clients where they are comfortable. The more social media sites you at least have profiles on the better your site and business will perform. Don’t feel like you need to fully participate on every social media site, you do not.
Social Media encompasses a great deal of different sites. Any site that is interactive with the user can be considered social media. They can range from video and photo sharing sites, blogs, micro blogs like Twitter, social sites like FaceBook and LinkedIn, bookmarking sites like Digg and Delicious, or any industry specific websites. Social Media sites help build brand recognition, reputation, credibility, and links to your website.
The recommended minimum Social Media site are:
If you want more results add:
- Any industry specific sites
High ranking in the search engines is dependent on many different factors, including amount of keywords in your content and links. Never trust a web company that says they can guarantee first page placement on Google. For one, Google does not design their search engine to be easily manipulated. And even the world’s top search engine experts would never claim to have a search engine “figured out”. The best way to be placed high in the search engines is to write a lot of good, relevant content for your website. This gives your site a lot of credibility and offers tremendous value to web users. Any page that you want ranked well in a search engine needs to have at least 300 words on it. Lack of quality content is the biggest reason websites do not rank well.
This depends entirely on when the search engines send out their web crawlers or spiders to index your site. This can take 1 week or 2 months! We help the process along by submitting your sitemap through Google Webmaster Tools. This lets them know you’d would like to be added to their queue for indexing. Using Google Webmaster Tools helps to get your site indexed within days of it launching.
Maintenance is the process of updating a website once the initial design phase has been completed. We have both monthly and hourly maintenance plans. Most good web sites have new content updated regularly. Fresh content is what will keep your visitors coming back. Maintenance can also be:
- Keeping all plugins and the core WordPress files updated
- Keeping content on the site current ~ employees come and go ~ is your Staff page updated?
- Trouble shooting any issues
- Adding or deleting images
- General changes to your website
No. You can host it anywhere you wish. We prefer to provide the hosting for your website because it makes it easier to manage. We have our own VPS server that is configured for WordPress websites. It will allow the automatic functions that make WordPress desirable and it is priced like shared hosting – but we know every person using the hosting. Your site will not be on a server that is shared with China, Nigeria, or any nefarious people.
Website hosting is required for your website to be accessible on the Internet. A hosting company stores all your website files so they are accessible on the Internet. Good hosting companies help to ensure your site is up and running 99.9% of the time. Hosting companies also possess the communication equipment to ensure fast access to your site so that your pages load quickly. Hosting is based on a annual fee that you pay to have your site accessible on the Internet. Not all hosting companies are equal. Many do not play well with WordPress. Many offer cheap shared hosting that is shared world-wide. Do you want your files on a server with people that are doing questionable things on the Internet? We do provide web hosting for our clients. Our hosting is shared with just our clients, so we know everyone on the server.
That depends. What are you going to do with it? Do you need brand recognition or an online identity? If you do, then registering a domain name can be a great place to start. Your company will look more professional with email coming from [email protected] than it would from [email protected] However, if you just want a fun site to tell about your family or something for a special occasion that only a select few will know about, then free subdomain from wordpress.com would be a great way to go.
Simply put, it is your address on the World Wide Web. It is what you type into your web browser’s address bar to get to a web site. Our domain name is PremiumWebsites.net, or www.PremiumWebsites.net The www is no longer needed, either way you type it the same website will be delivered. Domains are purchased at a company like GoDaddy and need to be purchased in YOUR name by YOU. Do not let a friend, web designer, or anyone else purchase your domain for you. Whoever buys it owns it.