Website Design

Making Satisfied Customers

At TOD we are Creating Great Websites & Making Satisfied Customers. We are not designing websites just based on pretty pictures and bright colors. There is a method to creating websites that involves a knowledge brought about by years of development experience. Your site could provide customer support, sell a product or service, capture visitor information, manage memberships. Documents, files, and so much more. We look forward to putting our knowledge and experience to work for you

Your website is the face of your business!

You’ve spent hard earned money on equipment, office space, employees. Don't launch a website design that squanders the precious seconds you have to make a first impression.

Website Design Goals

  • Are visitors comforted by intuitive navigation?
  • Is the website design interactive and interesting enough to hold a visitors attention?
  • Is the content rich enough to add value to your brand?
  • Is the layout responsive enough to be viewed on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones?
  • Is your site structured in a framework that performs well when indexed by search engines and social media so you get found?

Getting Started!

When defining your project, it is best not to become tied up in technology. This means that you need only know what goals your website needs to achieve, and communicate this to a development team. Technology statements such as "I need an e-commerce store, so I need to hire someone who knows Java Script.". are actually sometimes used by prospective clients and are really not necessarily accurate. Determining what technologies should be used is best left to a professional developer. At TOD we have the experience and knowledge to employ the best technologies to achieve your websites goals., We look forward to hearing about what goals your site needs to meet. Prepare yourself by thinking in terms of what you want your site to do by creating user stories. More about user stories | More about Website Goals

Hosting & Domain Names too!

Hosting - More than just Web design - There are ads on TV that tell you all sorts of things. But they don't mention basic things your web developer will need to consider regarding hosting your website. What operating system will the server use? How reliable are the servers? And the mail servers? Is their package a good value? A good web developer in addition to being an expert in website design, has real experience running on different hosts and server environments and KNOWS where to go of the best hosting based on the needs of the website they're building for you. I have even seen clients purchase hosting contracts that are unable to run applications used in their website.  The Developer can be left in a situation where additional time and money is billed trying a workaround or making changes to the hosting environment. - See our Hosting Packages

E-commerce

E-commerce used to be complex and costly. Websites designed with Web stores were either custom built or were run by cart software with hard to understand controls. Today with CMS platforms like Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, and more, the process is much more streamlined and many clients can run their own stores with a minimal learning curve. Fact is, many people these days want to sell online and TOD has platforms and even strategies that can make all the difference in your online success. We have detailed answers to all of your questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: How will you get paid? How will you deliver? How does sales tax work? How to track inventory? How to make your site secure?

SEO & SEM - Search Engine Optimization & Search Engine Marketing Services

Get Your Business Found by Searchers on Google Yahoo and Bing.

Local area targeted Services are available for Local Business too.

Most recent artcle

  • What is Wordpress

    Wordpress-logoWordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS)  that can be installed on your web hosting server. I am of the opinion that Wordpress is not a true CMS but is often used as a CMS, but who cares right? WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, and was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.

    There are three basic building blocks of a Wordpress site:

    Themes
    Themes, are primarily in charge of looks. Sometimes features too. An example of  a theme feature may be an image slider, or social media icons. Really these features are Plugins and Widgets that are pre-integrated into the theme. WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content or structure of the site. Themes may be installed using the WordPress "Appearance" administration tool or theme folders may be uploaded. Thousands of WordPress themes exist, some free, and some premium (paid for) templates.  Themes can be created by a professional Web Designer. Themes have varying degrees of controls for the admin. Some allow you to change basic color schemes, and header images, others allow you to change fonts and, background images, and more. The GOOD NEWS is that these controls are all in place for non-professionals so they can have help to create a decent looking website without a huge learning curve. The BAD NEWS is that thousands of unqualified people have now declared themselves "WEB DESIGNERS". Just as bad, these folks pay $15-$40 for a pre-made theme, and install that on someones Wordpress site. Then they charge $299 or $899 or whatever they can get. None of this is the fault of Wordpress. Just proves that there are always people who will try to get something for nothing.
    Plugins

    Want Wordpress to do something it isn't? How about a contact us form, or a cool image slider? Even a shopping cart so you can sell stuff! Plugins are the ticket. WordPress' rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the core installation. WordPress has a database of over 24,000 plugins, each of which offer custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their site to their specific needs. These customization can enhance content, display features, such as the addition of forms, widgets and navigation bars.

    Widgets

    Originally a generic term, these widgets can make life easy by making little modules of content you can plop in to your website just about anywhere. Widgets are small modules that offer users drag-and-drop sidebar content placement through the implementation of plugins' extended abilities. Some of these Widgets offer customization options such as web forms to fill out, includes or excludes of data and information such as Categories, Archives and Recent Posts, optional images though slideshows and/or carousels, amongst other customization features.These small modules are typically displayed within the header (header.php), footer (footer.php) and sidebars (sidebar.php files) of websites, but can also be placed outside of said locations enabling even further customization.

    Thats it! Wordpress it is then right? Not necessarily. Wordpress does not do everything well. Some pitfalls are especially prevalent in the user management and registration areas. If your goal is to have a site that registers users or members. Especially if it will need to manage user access to content, this is where Wordpress falls apart as a CMS. Yes, there are plugins to hide the Wordpress branding stuff and ones that do manage user access to a degree. but you are left with a big hodgepodge of plugins that may or may not be stable going forward.

    The other limitation is on eCommerce shopping carts. Wordpress plugins address very well the need to sell some stuff, but a true ecommerce solution has yet to be seen.

    When I am developing a site with any of the needs that Wordpress does not address well, I know I can turn to a true CMS. Like what? JOOMLA is my go to. For some its DRUPAL, there are others too but you can Google that right?

     

    -TOD