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.

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  • What is a Domain Name?

    Webopedia says: "Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses and are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to."

    Feel better? No? Me neither. The web is full of tech talk explaining other tech talk.

    Lets break this down to basics.

    1. A Domain name is the address of a website. such as google.com
    2. Every domain name has an extension. This could be .com, .net, .org, or one of many others.
    3. google.com, google.net, and google.org  are all completely different domain names.

    If you want to go to Google you would type google.com into the address bar of your web browser and you are routed to Google's website.

    Ok, what if you type in google.net?  In this case you still go to Google's website. Even though google.com and google.net are completely different domain names. Why do they go to the same place? Think of a domain name like a phone number. You can have one number go to your office or you can have multiple numbers go to your office. Domain names work like phone numbers on the web.

    So how do these these names know where to go? Each domain name has settings that tell it which web hosting server to go to. Your website files are stored on your web hosting server. Learn about a web hosting server.

     

    Tips for selecting a domain name:

    1. Like a phone number, it is a good idea if your domain name is easy to remember.
    2. Most people assume domain names to end with the extension .com.
    3. Avoid long names. Fact is it is hard to find a .com name with less that 5 letters but sometimes variations are available. As an example, if waffles.com is taken, you could try mywaffles.com as an alternative.
    4. Avoid easily misspelled words. Last I checked pheasantpseudonyms.com is still available. See some bad domain names.
    5. Avoid dashes and numbers. symbols are a pain to type on mobile keypads, and symbols can be easily forgotten or omitted.  mysite.com is preferred to my-site.com

    Where to get a domain name (Domain Registrars)

    1. You register your domain name at a registrar for a fee of around $10-$15 per year.
    2. A registrar is not the same as web host though the same company may offer both services. Learn about web hosting.
    3. You should have the ability to manage your domain's DNS records at the registrar. The DNS records are the actual instructions that tell your domain the location of where your website is hosted.

    About switching registrars

    If you move your website to another Web-Host you do not need to move your domain name. You only need to change the DNS records to tell your domain the location of where your website has moved to (The new Web-Host).

    If you do move your domain to a new registrar and you have an active website, you may interrupt service to your website for up to 5 days. This means that once you register a name and put up a site, you should avoid transferring your domain to a new registrar. The important thing to recognize is that domain registrars (sellers of domain names) know this. Thats why there are some who will offer domain registration for $1 for the first year. They will probably increase any following years renewal to a higher price (often $30 or more).

    Tip: avoid cheap upfront domain registration fees that have high cost renewal fees.