There are many ways you can design a website. Before the website design process begins it is very important to consider all your options. Adding features later can end up costing you more money so knowing exactly what you need is key. Flashpoint Media can help you decide on what kind of a website will fit your needs.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help decide on what kind of website you need:
How many pages do I need?
What do I want the site to look like?
What kind of a visual personality do I want my website to have?
Do I want to manage my own content?
Are there any specific functions / features that I want in my website?
Do I have any future plans for my website?
2 Main Types of Websites that we design
Basic Static Website
Our basic sites are built with HTML, CSS and PHP. This standard option is very limited but if you are looking for a simple web presence this option can work for you. These are the cheapest websites to have designed but are limited in functionality.
Content Management System Websites
CMS websites have become very popular because they offer clients the ability to manage their own content. These websites are sometimes referred to as dynamic database driven website. CMS systems offer limitless features such as search engine optimization modules, file uploading portals, blog system, voting polls, slideshows, interactive forms, analytics, news feeds, social media widgets and much more. The CMS website systems we utilize are very extendable and new plug-ins are always being built and being made available on the internet.
The look of your Website
From an aesthetic point of view, Flashpoint Media aims for design originality, professionalism, superior usability, practicality. We have a passion for web design and we want it show in each project.
Design Originality - You don’t want your site to look like everyone else’s. A unique site sets your site apart from the rest and helps you stand out.
Professionalism - Professionalism is about designing a website that is clean and easy to read. Spacing, adequate margins, chromatic harmony, details, are all element of a professional site.
Usability - Your website should be easy to use. Navigation should be clear and every element should have a purpose. In addition to these basic principals, we also make sure that your site works and displays properly on all platforms such as mobile, multiple browsers, PC or MAC.
Practicality - A good website should reflect the content visually. For example, a flower shop website should not look like construction business. As soon as someone visits your site, there should be no confusion regarding what the site is about.
Also, you can find a website on the internet that you like, you can email the link to us and we can copy that design.
So your site is built and ready to be published...now you need hosting. Once you have your domain name and your website built, you will need physical space on the internet for your website images and files on a server. If we built the site, we can simply take care of uploading all your files to the server and configuring your site. If you have your website files on your own computer we can supply you with an FTP login and you can publish your site yourself.
If you already have a domain name and wish to switch to our hosting we can work with you. All we require is that you change your DNS settings to point to our server and that is basically all that is needed. These settings can be found in your domain name control panel. DNS Settings are what directs internet traffic to your actual website file location. Once the settings take effect (usually takes between 24 and 48 hours) internet traffic will be visiting your new location.
We are fully capable of hosting your website. Whether it is a basic static website or a dynamic CMS site, we can help. In addition to hosting, we can help you with setting up additional email addresses, SSL Security Certificates, FTP and more. Contact us today about our competitive hosting!
We can help you with anything website (or even computer) related. Here are a few extra services that we offer:
Implementing security updates
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress maintenance
Shopping Cart Systems
PHP / HTML / CSS / Java Programming
If you are having any issues with your current site or see something on the list above that you need help with, contact Flashpoint Media and we will get back to you.