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Website design...
20-10-2006, 10:23 PM
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Website design...

anyone know what the going rate is for a website designer to create a new site with 5-10 pages? and is Dreamweaver the way to go?
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21-10-2006, 06:04 PM
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Dreamweaver is a very good choice of web design tool, used by amateurs and professionals alike. >NVu< is a good option for those who prefer not to pay the stiff price (NVu is free).

Price is a tricky one: it depends on the kind of web site you want. A full ecommerce site would be pricy. A basic five to ten page site would set you back an average of £600. The quality of web design work varies massively, so if you choose to hire professional designers, make sure you view their portfolio first - that will give you a good flavour of the kind of work they do.

If you need hosting and stuff like that, I know a good company. Wink

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23-10-2006, 10:33 AM
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my ISP charges every year for our domain name, but all it says when you type in our website address is 'This site is reserved for Gara Ireland Ltd'. How do I even get our contact details on to the site? Just text like, no fancy graphics or links or stuff. Unless that's easy to do?

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23-10-2006, 11:20 AM (This post was last modified: 23-10-2006 11:33 AM by Haydon_acc2.)
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Dolores - as Blink says it all depends on what is required. Obviously it's based on time and how long it takes to create.
Graphics are usually what takes the time. I would normally ask if the client has a logo and if so, if it was in a digital format or just on a biz card. I'd also ask how many photos they wanted put onto the site and again what format they are in (do they need scanning).
The text to go on the site - does the client have that or do they want me to create it?

Blink's figure of about £600 would be what I would charge to design a static site (no database, ecommerce etc) with client supplied logo/text for say 8 pages.

Other costs on top of the design cost include domain name and hosting/web space. I charge £8.99pa for a .co.uk name and £65pa for hosting a site of that size.

When choosing a designer you should always look at their porfolio of previously designed sites. Are they quick loading? Do they look professional?

Is getting your web site listed high in the search engines important to your business (it should be) ? Some designers incorporate into the design factors that will help with the search engines. You should check if they do.

Dreamweaver I believe is the best web design application out there. However, it has quite a steep learning curve for newbies. Several of my clients use a program called 'Contribute' to update sites that I have designed for them. Contribute is like a cut down version of Dreamweaver and is more user friendly for non technical people. (cheaper as well).

Please remember that creating a web site and getting it online is fairly easy - but it HAS to be promoted otherwise it will just sit there. A web site should be promoted offline and online.

My business specialises in online marketing, particularly search engine optimisation (getting sites high in the search engines). Do a search on "web designer kent" and I'm top.
Do a search for "dreamweaver training kent" - I'm top.
See this page for examples of search engine positions I've acheived for some of my clients: http://www.saxonis.co.uk/optimization-results.shtml

My telephone number is 0870 777 0025 (calls charged at national rate). Smile

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23-10-2006, 11:32 AM
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Tigereye Wrote:my ISP charges every year for our domain name, but all it says when you type in our website address is 'This site is reserved for Gara Ireland Ltd'. How do I even get our contact details on to the site? Just text like, no fancy graphics or links or stuff. Unless that's easy to do?
Do you have web space included with your domain name?
Usually ISP's have some kind of control panel where you log in with your username and password. Once logged in there is usually a section for administering your web space. They sometimes have a online web page creation tool where you can create/edit pages.
Have a root around and see what you can find once in the control panel. Smile

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24-10-2006, 04:40 PM
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My isp keeps telling me I have to download Filezilla [which won't for some reason] or an ftp programme [wha] as my 'index html has to be dragged into the gara ireland folder?'

wtf

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25-10-2006, 11:08 AM
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I paid £415 for my website, that included the logo and 5 static pages. I also got a cashcart and it is run with ocommerce and I pay £9.00 per month for it. That also included the domain registering etc, I am still not very high in the google rankings and am working around that with the wording in my site.

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25-10-2006, 12:43 PM
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Bella - it's not just about the wording on your site. You need other related, quality sites to link to you. That will help increase your google rankings.

Tigereye - index.html is the filename given to your web site's homepage (the first page that loads when you enter the domain name). You will need to change that file so it says what you want and then upload it to the web space using an ftp (file transfer protocol) program. ie you transfer it from your computer to your web space.

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26-10-2006, 10:21 AM
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Aha - the scales are falling from my eyes and the pennies are dropping.
[sounds messy]

Thanks Haydon. Am off to try and even get the contact details up on the webpage. I'll worry about graphics and links and metatags 'n stuff later.

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27-10-2006, 03:40 PM
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Yay - got the name and company details to upload to the web page!!!!

Many thanks guys [used nvu blink:thumbsup:

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