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

  • Why a Do-it-yourself Website May be a Bad Idea

    More than Website Design - There’s an old proverb which says; “A man who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client.” There’s a grain of truth in that, not just for legal matters, but for any undertaking what requires specialized skills, from rewiring your office and repairing your delivery van to, yes, designing and building your business website. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but is it worth the effort and risk? Designing and developing a business website requires competence in several specialized skills. A professional designer has to have those skills to stay in business. A business owner or a professional may have one or two of those skills, but the odds are against any one person, outside the design profession, having all of them at the level of competence required. Just as you are sure you have made a good decision, this is where the "build it yourself" guys lock you in to some proprietary web hosting deal. You are worried about getting a new site up and they've locked you into a deal whereby your website will be lost if you try to move to a new proper web host. That's called "gotcha!" 

    Make it look pretty

    You may be able to paint a picture or write a song, but does that mean you can design a website? Maybe, but it might not be as easy as you think. So, you found the perfect font for your text? That’s good, but it might not be available on all computers and it’ll be replaced by the default font. You have every element of the homepage arranged just the right way? What happens if a customer looks at it with Internet Explorer 6 and the whole thing’s thrown off kilter? That happens. A website can look radically different when it’s viewed in different browsers. Just ask any web designer. They have to know that, and how to deal with it.

    Tech nightmares

    Maybe you’ve been using computers for years. You know basic html. You can make Word and Quickbooks bend to your will. Those are useful accomplishments and should put you a step ahead, assuming your site is just a few pages of static html. But can you make a contact form? JQuery animation for the homepage? Integrating a content management system? What if you follow all the instructions in the DIY website guidebook you bought and you still can’t get that PayPal button to work? Don’t even think about a shopping cart. You’ll end up gibbering. A professional design firm has to know how to do all that, and more.

    That gets old fast

    Let’s say you built your own personal website when you were in college. It was fun and useful experience. But take a look at your competitors’ websites. Things look a lot different nowadays. They look so slick and professional compared to the white text and animated gif’s everyone was using back then. Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw the dancing baby? The internet has changed, and so have the skills needed to build a website.

    The upshot is…

    Most business owners, with a lot of reading and research, a lot of trial and error, and a massive amount of time and effort, could probably build a workable website that doesn’t look awful. But is it worth it? Is your website going to make you look professional if it just “doesn’t look awful”? Is it really worth all the time and work you’d put into it? Time is money and a business owner or professional’s time is valuable. Wouldn’t it be better to pay a professional web designer and developer to build your website? It may not be as expensive as you think, and it might save you some DIY-induced headaches. View it as an investment, which will present your business in the best possible manner, while letting you spend all that wasted time doing what you do best; running your own business.