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Why It’s Better to Choose a Web-Designer Who Offers In-House Hosting

August 12th, 2018

Often when it comes to hosting, there are a lot of options out there and you might end up spending a lot of valuable time looking for an appropriate package. This article outlines why it’s better to choose a web designing firm that offers in-house hosting services and what you need to know to get the most out of your package.

Why do it?

After all, if you’ve managed to find an affordable deal with a supposedly ‘great’ web hosting company, why not take the deal? There’s great functionality and all for a great price. But what about technical support? If the server goes down at a critical moment, wouldn’t you rather deal with someone reliable whose been dealing with you and your company before rather than some random stranger? Besides, what guarantee do you have that they’ll respond to your query in the first place? They have millions of customers to service, what makes your case special? Yeah sure, you can threaten to leave if they don’t but when it comes down to it: what difference will it really make?

As opposed to working with the in-house hosting services of your existing web design and development firm where you know the staff can be trusted upon to make management easy. And you can guarantee on the fact that they want your business, ensuring if their service is reliable, you can pass on their name to others in your business and personal circles.

Secondly, despite the low costs and ‘great features’ of other hosting providers, know that cost isn’t everything and quality of service should be the basis of your decision. With a web design firm, you can contact the right official and get a full evaluation of up-time/downtime comparison charts, ask about the availability of added security and even have customised solutions built towards helping your business instead of a standardised, one-size-fits-all solution.

A huge benefit of using an existing web design firm is that installation is fast and easy with relatively no delay between when the site has been completed and when it’s being uploaded. You can’t guarantee a fast turnaround time with normal hosting packages.

Because you know about the existing quality of service regarding all other areas of the web development firm, making a decision regarding the hosting aspects will be a relatively easy decision.

You will be guaranteed a personalised approach to the huge ordeal of locating the appropriate provider and package since the firm will already know (in detail) your existing requirements, goals and objectives and will choose the appropriate deal.

You will also know for certain that the package and provider will be the most suited to run your website and any attending applications and because you are aligning yourself with a web development firm, will have the option of including search engine optimsation support which is a huge advantage over traditional hosters.

By incorporating the firm’s hosting package into your specifications, you will be comfortable with the people you’re dealing with, the customer service and technical support, the knowledge that you will be able to make updates yourself via a customised web control panel, an option to test out a dummy setup to ensure it works for you and a professional to work with you on designing security policies and procedures that are all lacking in hosting with a hosting provider.

What a Freelance Web Designer Should Consider to Find the Right Cost

August 11th, 2018

For a freelance web designer, it is quite a challenging task to figure out the worth of your time, and it could take some time to learn the cost of the different projects. There could be assignments that, in spite of low payments, take a little of your time, and that makes them worth it, while some other projects would come with a fat paycheck, but could take over life. Hence, in venturing into the world of freelance web designing or development, the key is to figure out the correct rate. Now granted, what you can convince your client to pay you that determines the charge, but there are certain factors that could help you come to your goal rate. To help you figure out the rates as a freelance designer, here are few tips for you:

What the client is really asking for

At the outset, find out the components and features that the client wants. There must be some cost variations between building a personal blog and a website for a large-scale business. A big challenge for a freelancer is finding ways to deal with changes in project scope. Hence, you need to consider the following.

How demanding the client is

You could come across demanding clients, some offers the projects, and only provides answers to your queries, while some others might be micromanaging things all through the project. You need to factor in the second type of clients while charging. However, you need to consider the following as well.

Your skill level

It is important for you to be honest regarding the level of experience that you have with different types of projects. Your expertise may be short of what the client needs, and your level of delivering may not be similar to another designer, or else, you may need some more time and research to perform the task. One thing that needs to be noted is that the better-experienced designers are capable of delivering faster, while payments made to beginners are used up for learning. So, you need to consider the following option.

Charging Hourly

The hourly rates of a designer usually are around $40 on the low-end, while the high-end figure is about $75 (though this figure could be as high as $100 or more for an hour), with $59 an hour as an average.

However, in hourly charging, there are few things that you cannot include. Hence, if there is a need to learn a new skill, you can just discount the hours that are spent in learning, while at other times, billing a flat rate for the project would make more sense. If you make a mistake, you cannot charge for the lost hours. It is justified to bill the lost hours if the client keeps changing his or her requirements. And if the mistake is from your end, or if the client is not satisfied with the work, you better not bill the client, but instead, do some little extra work to deliver, or else offer a discount. Here, it is only your gut and the relationship that you have with your client that matters.

Designers could also charge variable hourly rates depending on the kind of functions that they do (designing, coding, etc.). The hourly rate billing has the advantage in that it is more straightforward to deal with the billing, and also letting the client include some more tasks without any complexity, along with being easy to please without any need for numerous revisions. However, sometimes the client does not find well if the hours spent is running up. Hence, in such circumstances, your option would be the following.

Charging by the project

Your charging could depend on standard packages that include a certain amount of work that you always provide. Usually, a freelance web developer and designer charge depending on the time taken to complete the project (usually, an hourly rate) as calculated from their past experiences and/or the bearing capability of the market. If the hourly or project-based approach does not go well, then you need to consider the following.

Charging by the page

Although a rare payment method, there are some freelance web designers and developers who calculate the cost this way. This would go well for designers creating relatively simple marketing style websites, though this mode of charging should also be considered by designers and developers.

Top 10 Web Design Mistakes and What to Avoid

August 10th, 2018

1. Advertising

Everyone wants to make money online and there is nothing wrong with that. It is how you do it is what matters. If you want to make money with your site you need to consider your audience. If your audience is at a computer site, don’t make the mistake of putting up a credit card or dating banner on the side. They have nothing to do with your content. If you want to advertise something and get a higher conversion rate, make your advertisements about your site. Your content should always be relative to your other pages. With that in mind don’t clutter advertisements and/or trick people to click on them.

2. Splash Screen

A Splash Screen is a waste of the developers and your visitor’s time. You do not want to force your visitor to watch or read something they are not interested in. Nothing is worse than having to wait 30 seconds for a flash movie to play. They want to get in, find what they are looking for and get out. If you have your heart is set on a splash screen, make sure you put a link to skip it, your visitor will need it.

3. Too Much Text

Web development is an interesting market. You have to have lots of good content for your visitors to read and food for the search engine spider. But having too much text can be a bad thing. This can take away from the design aspect. You visitors will love bullets points and text headers. Break up your content. The most important thing about text is not the length, but the quality. Put down what you need to say and stop.

4. Overcrowded Content

This will connect with step 4. Watch out how much content, graphics and/or videos you are putting on your page. This can affect usability and loading time. Keep you site focused on your goal and keep it organized. Don’t crowd with banners, advertising and links to other content. A balanced of white space on a site is just as important then the content.

5. Color Design

Colors can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Be careful of the colors you are using. If you are a dark background make sure your font is a light color and visa a versa. Stay away from bright colors. Dull colors are not only in style right now, but are very clean, easy to read and professional. Also check to see if you colors are web safe colors. If you pick colors that isn’t a web standard, there is a chance that the computer will pick a color and your design will be altered.

6. Horizontal Scrolling

Some sites get to wide and your visitors and this can be problem. If your visitor doesn’t notice the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom, they will miss the right side of your page. The standard width for a website is 1024 x 768 pixels. This is changing as your visitors will be going to a bigger resolution, but until they do…watch the size.

7. Know how to use Flash

Flash is cool and can be very interactive. But don’t use it for your entire site. Flash sites have not conquered usability. Developers get caught up in the design aspects of flash and forget usability and simplicity. These two aspects are very important. Flash is very good at banners, advertising, and some navigation. Flash is great to keep your visitors on your site using some type of interactive application. If you want to use Flash for your site, remember that search engine spiders don’t see flash content.

8. Cross Web Browser Capability

There are many different web browsers that are used to surf the internet and developers hate it. Some coding techniques are very hard to please all the different internet browsers. You need to make sure that you don’t dedicate your site to only one of them. Test your site is ALL kinds of internet browsers. There is a tool on this site that will do it for you is BrowerShots.com.

9. Usability

Usability is very important. Usability should be one of your main goals. Stop and think, usability can bring your visitors in. With small fixes and changes to your site. It could change how your visitor reacts to your site and also lower your bounce rate. If your visitor can’t interact with your site and has problems finding what they are looking for, they are leaving. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

10. Avoid Web Design Mistakes

Make sure you understand all the different web design mistakes. You can take just one of these web design mistakes and destroy your website. Each of these are just as important as the other. You can get away with having a couple of them on a small scale. But if you have one of these is on a major scale, you will lose traffic because of it. These are all easy to avoid, just try it.