Help / Faq

Why do I need a website?
If the site is a personal site, only you can answer that question. If you are researching reasons why your company needs a website, here are several:
Your competitors are beating you to it
Your customers are asking for it
You want to increase sales
You need to lose some overhead
You want to gain market share in uncharted territory

What equipment is required for a website?
You don't have to own any equipment at all to set up a website. What is required is a domain name, and a web host to host your files.

What is a domain name?
A domain name is your address on the Internet. Our domain name is www.thukjedesign.com.

The domain name is obtained from a registrar. It will cost you about $15 per year. Not all registrars offer all the same additional services, and not all are easy to deal with when you need to change something. The lowest price is often not the best deal. You may wish to consult with us before obtaining a registrar.

What is a web host?
Hosting companies provide the computer and the software to 'answer the door' when someone requests your domain name from their browser over the Internet. It then serves them the pages of your website. Your website actually resides on the web host's computer. It is unimportant where your hosting service is physically located. Unless you have your own corporate computers connected to the Internet 24 hours a day, web server software on them and someone to monitor the server you will need to rent space on the machines of a hosting service for this function.

Hosting services may cost from $0 to over $50 per month, depending on what services you require and what is important to you.. It is important to select a hosting service that provides features and services tailored to the needs of your site. Free hosting services are often unpredictable, and require banner ads or popup windows to appear while a visitor is browsing your site. If you plan on having a dynamic site, you will want to make sure your host supports the type of scripting used in your website (ASP scripted sites usually run on Windows servers, PHP sites usually run on Unix-based servers). If unsure of who to choose as your webhost, let us know and we can do the research for you and make recommendations.

What is "content"?
Content is the body of your site. The areas that hold the information portions of your site are referred to as the content areas. This FAQ is the FAQ content area of this page.

What about graphics?
We pay special attention to the size of the graphics before we put them on your site. A lot of time and preparation goes into the process. Images can add life and color to your Web site, but they can also make your site ugly and hard to use. If a graphic provides helpful information, such as a map to your store or a picture of your products, then go ahead and include it on your site. Avoid elaborate background images or photos that simply take up space. Graphics used in the layout portion of your site are are considered separate from the graphics you provide us with, such as pictures of your products, we normally refer to these as images.

What if I already have a website?
Many people are not happy with the current design of their website. we can give your current site the professional-looking makeover it may need. And since you already have all the elements you need in place, like photos and the text, your re-design will go quicker than if you were starting from scratch.

What is a database-driven website and what can it do for me?
Database-driven websites can do a lot of things that are useful for businesses. In short, dynamic, database-driven websites gather, integrate and serve up information to enable a variety of online services or functions. Typical database-driven features include content management systems, customer service/CRM applications, and eCommerce applications. Many businesses with long-established websites are adding database-driven capabilities because it offers them an opportunity to operate more efficiently and save money.

Want to update certain areas of your website quickly and often, but don't want to call the web developer each time nor learn how to become a webmaster? There's a database-driven solution for that. Want to personalize online transactions for returning customers? Database-driven solution. Want to keep track of online customer preferences for the purpose of targeted marketing? You guessed it: there's a database-driven solution for that and many, many other business needs.

The best database solutions are completely customized to fit the needs of individual businesses. we can help you decide which solution you need to better serve your visitors and build the solution for you from the ground up.

What is maintenance?
Once your site has been built and uploaded to your web host, you may wish to contract web designer web maintainer to keep your site maintained. Maintenance is basically updating the site with any changes you may have.

 



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