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Website Development

Website Development
When designing a website there are many factors to take in to consideration. To start many people use the two terms “web design” and “web development” interchangeably, but they really do have two different meanings.

Web design
is the customer-facing part of the website. A web designer is concerned with how a site looks and how the customers interact with it. Good web designers know how to put together the principles of design to create a site that looks great. They also understand about usability and how to create a site that customers want to navigate around in because it’s so easy to do.

Web development
is the back-end of the website, the programming and interactions on the pages. A web developer focuses on how a site works and how the customers get things done on it. Good web developers know how to program MySQL and scripts like PHP. They understand about how web forms work and can keep a site running effectively.

Myself, I am capable of doing both to accommodate your website design needs.

Web Design
Website Designs fall in to several categories from old school coding such as basic static HTML to the latest in coding HTML5, CSS3 and W3C Standards. W3C is an acronym that stands for World Wide Web Consortium. The W3C is an organization that was created in order to develop and maintain the standards of the Internet.

There are big differences in the types of coding, such as the older style HTML is very limited to what it can do as it so outdated. PHP and CSS is still standard for today’s use but however HTML5 and CSS3 is the newest and gives one the flexibility to do so much more. To give you a simple example, Flash Videos or Animation will not work on devices such as IPhone or IPads. Whereas HTML5 works on all platforms. However HTML5 is still in its infant stage but is growing rapidly.

A Responsive HTML5, CSS3 and W3C Standards are considerably more complex and take a great more deal of time to design a website than the old fashion HTML Designs. A Responsive PHP and CSS comes in at second place for a design. If you’re on a small budget you may want to consider a Static PHP Site Design or even for less a WordPress Design. However keep in mind WordPress was designed to be a Blog and technically it’s really not a real website and never will be. It does have its Pro’s and Con’s and is probably the fastest and cheapest way to go. There are many Themes for it. But in general you will still have to have a Webmaster to maintain it as allot of what are called Plugins expire leaving your internet presence a mess. A WordPress Webmaster should also be very knowledgeable about the SEO end of it as well. If you need a WordPress Design I can custom build you an easy to use theme that will last allot longer than store bought ones.

When designing any type of website a designer / developer needs to know from the get go what your objective is, Will you be selling products online? Is it Business to Person (B2P) or Business to Business (B2B)? Are these products to be sold only locally, nationwide or global? Most likely you will want a Shopping Cart Script Design for products either way. If your business is a service, whether it is a Doctor’s office, Car Repairs, Financing most likely these will require a different way about advertising. I have done both types in my past and have found that providing a service website is much more difficult unless you have a budget for PPC and or Radio etc. to compliment driving traffic since the demographic area can be much smaller unless your in a major metro area, such as Los Angeles, New York or Washington D.C. or similar.

Whatever type of business you have and want a website for I can develop it for you. Feel free to contact me for a consultation if you are unsure which direction to take. I love what I do and have a passion for answering questions whether you want to hire me fulltime or contract.


Chris Anderson