The following are some of the more common questions posed to us. Of
course, you may have more specific questions regarding your particular
situation. Just click on your question below; if you don't see the answer
to your inquiry in this list,
by e-mail and we'll respond just as quickly as possible.
Do I really need a web
If you expect to do business with today's
consumer, the answer is a resounding, "Yes!" The reason is that with
the huge number of PCs in use in business as well as in the home, more
and more, people turn to the Internet for information. Whether it's
to purchase a product or service, or simply to find out what businesses
can fulfill their needs, the Internet is as ubiquitous a tool for discovery
as the Yellow Pages were just a few years ago.
How do I go about getting
a web site?
Contacting St. Louis Web Development should
be your first step. You don't have to know anything about computers,
site construction or online marketing to work with us. We will guide
you through all the content and graphic development, register your domain
name, and provide hosting services.
How do web sites work?
Your site will be designed to run on all
browsers, and, after your final approval, uploaded to an internet server
system. It is then available for anyone in the world to view and learn
about your product or service. If you have an e-mail address, users
can also contact you.
What kind of things
should I put on the site?
What would you like to display on your site?
Products? Information about the products? Product pictures? Information
about your company? How customers can reach you? How customers can order
products or services? The list is really endless. Products, product
demonstrations, ordering procedures, and ways to reach you are just
How big should my site
No bigger than absolutely necessary. While
it may be tempting to put your entire product catalog on-line, chances
are that it could be just too much for a visitor to plow through. What
you probably want to do is present an overview of your company, a concise
list of representative products (or services), and then push the visitor
toward contacting you, either directly or via the web site. In short,
don't try to overwhelm a visitor with the size and complexity of your
Where will my web site
Web sites are not physical like a building.
They take up physical space only in terms of memory space on a computer.
The computer on which your site resides can be anywhere: it could be
on the other side of the world or in a corner of your office. It only
depends upon the web site host.
Do I need some kind
of special internet access?
No. You're reading this so you already have
all of the tools you need. Actually, you don't even need to be connected
to the Internet to have a web site, but, to reach the visitors, you'd
want the email facility at the very least. It is not necessary to be
an internet guru to have a web site that promotes your product or service.
If I decide I want a
web site, how long will it take to get it up and running?
Getting you on the Internet can probably
be measured in hours. Of course, that's a simple, one-page "billboard"
- type presence that lets people know you exist. Getting the full site
up and running will depend upon the size of the finished site.
What if I just want
a single page site?
What kind of "bells and whistles" can I add?
The sky's the limit! How about sound? How
about animations or video clips? All of those things are possible… BUT,
we do caution clients about going overboard on the "bells and whistles."
If the "dazzle" outshines the core message, you've gone too far. As
long as those bells and whistles are real enhancements to the site,
we're all for them, and we'll even help you determine just what they
ought to be.
Why can't I build the
site by myself?
You can!!! Perhaps the question should be,
"Why shouldn't I build the site by myself?" The answer is probably,
"Time." If you're a busy entrepreneur who hasn't been schooled in site
design and construction, you're better off running your business. While
building a web site isn't some sort of mystical art, it does take familiarity
with the tools to create and launch the site in a timely manner.
How do I know I'll
like my web site?
St. Louis Web Development has an initial
brainstorming session with you to determine the scope of your business
and the message you want to get to the public. The overall flow, content,
general look and feel of your site is outlined, and existing web sites
you may like or dislike are identified. After our initial design, we
put your site on stlwebs.com/<yoursite (at
a location virtually inaccessible to the public) for your review as
it is being developed. Only after you have given final approval will
the site be published to your domain.
Can I update the site
Yes, you can, though we discourage it. The
issue is tied to the question above. Without a knowledge of the procedures,
you may find site maintenance to be a time waster for yourself or one
of your staff. Also, there is a level of risk of inadvertently destroying
either a portion of the site or, possibly, the entire thing. For the
minimal cost involved, let the people who do it everyday take care of
it for you. It will be faster and safer — and, potentially, cheaper.
If there are certain areas of the site which change frequently, it may
be possible to create "snippet areas" where you can make the changes
How will anyone ever
find my web site?
They'll probably use a search engine. A
search engine is an interactive card catalog of all the sites on the
Internet. The user types in a couple of words about what they're seeking,
and the search engine produces a list of web sites that seem to have
the requested information. The key to getting the search engine to recommend
your site is the creation and use of "metatags." These are words that
are imbedded in your site and provide the search engines with necessary
clues to tell it what visitors will find on your site.
What are search engines?
There are many search engines available
to users such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, Webcrawler, Lycos, etc. These are
updated daily, and by using "robots" and "spiders"
they go through web sites and read keywords and descriptions in meta
tags. This data is then indexed for users to find sites containing selected
I've already got a
Why should I worry about redesigning or updating it?
Primarily to make sure everything is still
correct! When was the last time you really combed your site to ensure
that everything is accurate? Not just prices, but what about phone numbers,
hours of operation, ways for people to reach you? There are lots of
things that could have changed that need to be updated. And, what about
broken links, either to complementary sites or from page-to-page within
your site? Is your site navigation as clear as it can be? How about
the way the message is presented? Could it be clearer, or better said?
The better question may be, "Why haven't you thought about redesigning
or updating your site?"
OK, I'm convinced,
but why should I go with St. Louis Web Development?
Because for the small to mid-sized business
owner who wants to get on the web, or who wants redesign or maintenance
services, St. Louis Web Development provides the best value. We're technically
capable, design savvy, we can provide what you want in a realistic turn-around
time, and our rates are probably the most competitive around.
For more information about St. Louis
Web Development and a no-cost, no-obligation consultation please call
us at 314-276-4805, or click
here to send us an e-mail. Let us get the facts about the
Internet to you.