Frequently Asked Questions
Please note the content below is of my own writing, and there are plenty of resources on the web should anyone wish to double-check anything I've tried to explain here! (More definitions will be listed as I think of them or as they are suggested).
A domain is the name given to a website including the suffix of .com or .co.uk or .org etc. There are currently many more of these becoming available that are specific to the purpose of a site, like .guru or .photography among many others. When choosing a name for your website, if you are starting a small business, it is wise to choose a name that suggests the nature of the service or product.
What If I Already Have A Domain?
If a domain name has already been purchased, there are two choices how to proceed: the domain 'owner' can purchase a single-site
hosting service - to then 'connect' a domain to a site, the simplest way is to purchase domains and hosting through the same provider/company, but
it's not crucial. The username and password chosen while setting up the user account for login purposes, would need to be passed to me so
that I can login to the account holder's Control Panel where website files can be uploaded or a website builder/template be used.
The second option is to sign-over the ownership of the domain to me via, Nominet, the company (registrar) that manages and issues every domain name in the UK (Nominet charge a small fee for doing this), then at Storer Web Design, I use my business hosting service to host the website. If, however, a client wished to manage their site themselves and do all the future editing etc, I would use an online site-builder as the solution.
What are URLs
URL stands for, Uniform Resource Locator. A URL carries all the information needed for a browser to locate a website (different from Google 'finding' a website) and would go something like, http://www.awebsite.com. URLs often involve an actual file name at the end to locate a specific page, perhaps with specific content, such as: www.awebsite.com/find-us.html. The URL will arrive specifically at the 'Find Us' page at the fictional, 'awebsite.com' website, where maybe a Google map is to be found.
This is the word given to the service of enabling a website to go live. Without hosting of some sort, a website can't go public.
CMS (Content Management Systems)
These systems are a technology that enable non-coding people in particular to build a website. A template is chosen, and content can be uploaded - logos, images PDF files etc - and text can be written, all using a word processing type of environment. Edits can be made later as desired. Most of these systems are free for designing and creating a website, but then to go live or publish a site, there are usually various tiers of service, paid for on a monthly or yearly basis. The cheapest option often involves a carrying unwanted branding of the site-builder used and long-winded URL for the site, again including the name of the site-builder.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
Nearly everyone has heard of Google by now as it is the leading search engine out there. Of course, everyone wants their site to appear in search results when a service or product is searched for. SEO is the term given to the various techniques that can be used to help achieve this.
Tablet & Mobile - Responsive Design
Websites look small on mobile devices (smartphones in particular), unless consideration is given to an alternative layout. If a mobile version of a site is to be created, for more convenient viewing, elements on a page tend to be arranged one on top of the other rather than having the desktop magazine-like layout. For tablet devices (let's face it, we're talking primarily iPad here!), elements such as images and text on a web page often need to be made larger. These considerations are known as responsive design - designing for tablet and mobile.
HTML and CSS
Hyper Text Markup Language and Cascading Style Sheets. The former technology, HTML, is crucial to make any website possible. Without some version of HTML code, there would be no webpages and no websites. While CSS is not actually crucial to the existence of a webpage, at least a sprinkling of this code to control the presentation of a page in a browser is highly recommended to bring colour and layout/design to a site.
Why choose Storer Web Design to design your site?
Good question! The very good reason is this: at Storer Web Design it is just me and no one else who takes care of everything - including management of the site after it is 'finished'. See my terms and conditions for more details, but to sum up, while I do charge for my time if new pages are required or major updates are needed, quick edits are free. If a problem arises, I'll know straight away through testing the site, I'll know the cause and I'll fix it! Also, because it's just me, it means you always deal with me - over the phone or by email. It won't be someone you're not familiar with who is perhaps unaware what was discussed last time or which site is yours etc etc. Also, I have no overheads, no one else to pay, which helps me charge a fair price for the all-in-one service I offer. This includes the convenience of sparing you the time of having to put your website together yourself - and having to be creative in the process! I always think if you're serious about doing something, it's worth doing it properly and accepting that DIY will often only get you so far before a pro is needed!