Looking for a new website or thinking of changing what you currently have? Please read on.
This is the getting to know you stage where I address any concerns or questions you have about your website, websites in general, email or the weather if you prefer. Just please don't ask me to talk politics. I am easily reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A domain name can also be called a URL(uniform resource locator), internet address, or website name. Examples are MissMeagan.com, ProudMaryCharters.com, or my favorite, JRDamare.com. These are purchased through a company called a registrar. Rates vary wildly from one registrar to another and so does the service they provide. I have been using GoDaddy.com for the past six years with great satisfaction and would recommend them highly. The domain name registration process is fairly simple but if you do not want to attempt it yourself, I will do it for you at no additional charge. Included with this you receive domain name email. Here is an example: Jim@JRDamare.com.
This is where your website files,(pages, photos, etc.) are actually located. In order for your domain name/web address to have something to point to, a hosting company must maintain your website on their servers.
Here I create the look and feel of your website. If you have specific requirements, such as logos or themes, etc., this is where I would implement them. The basic design, meaning the home page, is first approved by you, then pages two, and three are built upon this design. You receive a preview of each page for final approval before the site "goes live" on the internet.
The first three basic pages are normally a home page, an about you/your services page and a general information page. Additional pages to consider could include a Photo Gallery, a service calendar, your favorite links and a contact us form. There are no limits on the number of pages you can have; however, I like to follow the KISS(keep it simple stupid) principle when designing websites. I feel it is important to provide the information in a concise format. You want to get the attention of the person browsing your website right away and give them the ability to find the information they are looking for as easily as possible. If you don't, you will surely lose their interest within a few seconds.
This is just what it sounds like, a place for people to look at photos you have placed on your website. It can be as simple as placing half a dozen photos on a page or it can be more dynamic like one of these: PhotoGems.us, JRDamare.com, MissMeagan.com or ProudMaryCharters.com.
Search Engine Optimization
This is where a website has the necessary meta-data programmed into the html. "What does all that mean?" Well if I told you I would have to kill you, ha ha. Some secrets must stay secrets. Let me just say that I will code your website to be search engine friendly. You can even tell me what "keywords" you would prefer people use to find you.
Search Engine Registration/Internet Marketing
This coincides with the optimization, without first optimizing your site, you can register with every search engine on the planet and still come in last. I will register your site with the top 25 search engines and continue to monitor its progress. Included in this is Reciprocal Linking, an often used and very successful internet marketing strategy. We offer this service to any Chesapeake Bay Charter Boat Captain that is interested. If your site was created by and maintained by us there is no charge for this service.
The worst thing you can do with a website is put it up and never touch it again. Fresh content at least every six months or so is very important to your search engine placement. Most of the time a small update like adding an image or updating some text won't be charged. However, you will be provided with an estimate before any work on your site is done. Once you agree to the price the work is done. Heck, who wouldn't agree to FREE?
Please contact me with any questions or if you are ready for a new website.
(703)483-1695 or email email@example.com
*This applies to websites that I have designed. I do offer this service on sites I have not designed at a nominal fee.
All prices are subject to change.