Some of the most common questions customers often have about website design, e-commerce, web applications, and hosting.
Website Design: The following steps must be taken in order to set up a new website.
Step 1: Domain Name Registration -- 1 year license for $15
example: www.yourname.com, www.yourname.org
Step 2: Your domain name needs a web host. I can host your site for $45/year! Basic Plan: 250 mb disk space, 10 e-mail accounts, cgi bin, 3Gb data transfer per month, weekly site statistics, control panel, and more. For more information on QuickBrightSharp web hosting Click Here.
Building the actual website
Example (can be modified to suit your business):
~ Home Page
~ Company History
~ Products or Services offered
~ Links or additional information page
Shopping Cart Software
Zen Cart: $1250 for me to customize and install
Zen Cart will deliver the ultimate online shopping experience to your customers. Navigating through your products is a breeze. The program provides several "Spotlight" lists in addition to the traditional category and product links. Once a product is added to the shopping cart, secure checkout is a simple 3-step process. After providing the billing information, your customer chooses the shipping method. Multiple shipping methods including real-time internet shipping quotes are built-in. Next, a payment type is selected from one of the popular payment modules. PayPal and AuthorizeNet are just two of the included modules. The customer reviews the order, shipping and payment choices, and confirms the order. You are immediately notified of the order and your customer automatically receives an e-mail confirmation. Test drive the demo here.
EClime Cart: $650 for me to customize and install
EClime is a very powerful Smarty™ based e-commerce/shopping cart system. It has all the features needed to run a successful internet store. Test drive the demo here.
~ Customers can view their order history and order statuses
~ Customers can maintain their accounts (multiple shipping and billing addresses)
~ Temporary shopping cart for guests and permanent shopping cart for customers
~ Product reviews with advanced customizable spam filtering features
~ Global and per-category bestseller lists
~ Display what other customers have ordered with the current product shown
~ Breadcrumb trail for easy site navigation
~ Forgot password (confirmation key feature)
I also have experience working with OSCommerce, and many other content management systems. Just ask!
Content Management Software
A content management system (CMS) is a computer application used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in a consistently organized fashion. CMSs are frequently used for storing, controlling, versioning, and publishing news articles, operators' manuals, technical manuals, sales guides, and marketing brochures. The content managed may include computer files, image media, audio files, video files, electronic documents, and Web content.
Concrete: $850 for me to customize and install
Concrete5 is easy for site owners to use, flexible for developers to work with, and includes a nifty statistics dashboard. Some of it's many features include:
* WYSIWYG text editor
* Automatic navigations – add a page anywhere and it's updated everywhere
* Preview your changes before publishing
* Track versions, and compare differences between them
* File manager with bulk upload and image manipulation using Picnik (Picnik integration in v5.3)
* Drag-n-Drop content around your pages.
* Scrapbook lets you copy content and functionality from one part of your site to another
* Integrated spellchecker
* Flexible meta data & vanity URLs for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
* Easy Google Analytics integration
* Automatic add-on & theme installation (v5.3)
* Content scheduling – write something now, and have it go live automatically later
* Out of the box includes a photo slide show, You Tube integration, guestbook, Flash support, polls, surveys, search, RSS, secure file distribution, Google Maps, and a form generation tool
Joomla: $1850 for me to customize and install
Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! can be easy to work with once you get the hang of it. Steep learning curve for regular users. Web designers love this cms, clients hate it.
Pivot: $650 for me to customize and install
PivotX is a blogging tool, but it is also a great tool to maintain more complex websites as well. It's a nice little cms that doesn't need a database in order to function. Best for websites with mostly static pages and blogs. Features include:
* multiple weblogs
* multiple authors
* built-in commenting & moderation
* built-in spam protection
* easy to install templates (themes)
* MySQL database supported
* flat files database supported
* SEO friendly
PHPNews: $250 for me to install
PHPNews is a neat little MySQL driven tool for publishing and maintaining news articles on a website. It can be integrated into your existing website. I suggest this for clients who need to update specific page content like events, lists, etc.
Half of estimated cost is due at the start of each job. Balance to be paid no more than 21 days after final billing date. All jobs include b&w laser proofs and/or color ink jet proofs. Click Here to Pay Online for services.
I can read pc or mac disks, and work in the following programs:
Adobe CS, Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Acrobat, InDesign, Quark Xpress, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office, Fetch, and many more.
To view a portfolio of websites I have designed, please Click Here
Not everyone has the latest browser, or plug-ins, or the fastest modem or internet connection. On the average, a user will not go out of his or her way to download plug-ins, browser updates or other applications. When planning your website it is a good rule of thumb to allow for users with slow connections, or users with older browsers. Websites are not much fun if the end user cannot access your site. Huge image files, sound files, even Flash content can bog down some users.
About Search Engines
With more than 13 billion websites out there, search engines are the best way to find anything, and there are more than 800 search engines! In order for your site to show up during a search, your site has to:
1) Match the users search by it's name (ie., golf.com).
2) Include keywords and metatags that describe the website, as well as include content that matches the users search on the homepage.
3) Include content based on, and including keywords
4) Be manually submitted to the search engine on a monthly basis.
There are promotional service providers that will submit your site to numerous search engines, or you can submit your site yourself by following the submission guidelines listed on each search engine.
I always include metatags and keywords for every site that I design. Keywords can be aspects of your service, such as "fast, friendly, african-american, carpentry", etc.; they can also be your competitors names (this is legal!). In general they should be words that you yourself would type into any search window to find your business, (ie., taxes, doctors, accountants, film, etc.)
About My Services
The customer acknowledges that Simone Bouyer does not own or control the various telecommunications facilities to which I may provide access. Use of the Internet and the information contained therein is at the Customers own risk. SIMONE BOUYER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF USE, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, OR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND resulting from the Customer’s use of Simone Bouyer’s service, equipment, the Internet or otherwise.
Simone Bouyer’s Ad World Services shall receive a credit line with an active website link at the bottom of the first page created for the customer.
Simone Bouyer’s Ad World Services is not responsible for domain name requests that have been issued to another company or individual. Trademark and copyright issues are the sole responsibility of the customer.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me:
Simone Bouyer 828 689-8543