Tag Archives: Website Design

A Bit of History

Almost thirty years ago I started getting into website design, more as a hobby at the time and to challenge myself to learn something new. I found a program called HotDog Pro, which was pretty well an HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) program, so there was a lot of complex coding involved, which I really didn’t have the patience for. It’s so very long ago that I don’t remember what sites I even created back then.

Choosing a Designer is Critical

Many designers take the approach that they build a site that will make them indispensable to maintain the site. They might charge a lower fee upfront, but then every time you want a change, no matter how small, they charge you an exorbitant fee that has little to do with the amount of work involved. These same developers often disappear as well, leaving the poor client in a mess.

Your Website Hosting

Another critical issue is hosting. You might have a great site, but if your host doesn’t have the equipment and technology for hi-speed internet connection, all the visitor will see is “waiting for…” Again, they won’t wait around. With more and more features being added to websites your host has to have the capacity to deal with your site and everybody else’s. And what happens when your site is down or you have a problem? Can you contact your hosting company quickly and do they respond with qualified help? Hosting is not just a matter of the lowest price.

For seven years now I have used Bluehost.com. Their pricing is competitive, but most importantly their support is unmatched. Websites aren’t perfect. Things happen. In a worst case scenario your site is suddenly gone! Do you have a backup? Probably not and all your hard work would be gone if your host doesn’t backup your site, including not only the thousands of files, but also your databases, every night. Bluehost does.

Other Considerations

In addition to your host there are issues with your domain search and registration and what’s called SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which is how you will rank on searches. With a couple hundred million sites vying for attention how will people find you?

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