Top-Quality Website Design and Development
Frequently Asked Questions About Web Sites and the Development Process
What should I have on my Web site?
From our portfolio:
Curtis and Nancy Beard, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte Real Estate
This custom Realtor web site for Curtis and Nancy Beard allows visitors to search the entire Charlotte Area MLS database of homes, lots, and condos for sale in the Charlotte County area.
We'll sit down with you to talk about your business, the products or services you provide, and your goals for your Web site, to help you determine what your site should consist of. You might need a full-blown e-commerce site, with the ability to sell products online and take credit card payments in real-time through a payment gateway. Or you might need a fairly simple "online brochure" with some information about your company and its products or services. You might need a membership database, or an online job application, or any number of other things.
You'll probably want at least one contact form, to make it easy for people to get in touch with you. You might want a map with driving directions, or an employee telephone and e-mail listing. See "So you think you need Web site..." for more information about what your Web site might consist of. We'll talk to you about all these things to help you determine what you need.
Can you use my existing logo, photos, brochure designs, and other material that I already have prepared?
Absolutely. We prefer to receive original digital files of your materials, because that enables us to provide you with the highest-quality images on your Web site.
What about keeping my Web site up-to-date?
Good question! To maintain their credibility and effectiveness, Web sites must be kept current. Adding fresh content on a regular basis can also help with your site's placement in search engine results. We can perform regular or occasional updates to your Web site at an hourly rate. Or we can set up a content management system that will allow you to edit and update the site yourself. The best solution will depend on the type of site you have, what kinds of updates it will need, and how often it will need to be updated, and, of course, whether you have the time and the inclination to handle it yourself. We'll work with you to determine what approach will serve your needs best.
I hear about web site design, and webhosting, and registering domains, and hosts and servers..... What should I know about all of that?
Having an online presence requires several things:
What about DNS? What's that?
All Web sites are hosted on servers that have a specific numeric IP address — 4 sets of digits in the format 111.222.333.444. Domain Name Servers are computers that maintain databases of numeric IP addresses and the domains that they are associated with. This allows visitors to reach your site by entering yourdomain.com in their browser. The nameservers know the numeric address of the server where your site lives, so that they can send the request to the right place. If you have Tropical Web Works handle your domain registration and hosting, we can set up your nameservers properly.
From Our Portfolio:
Association of PreTrial Professionals of Florida
Punta Gorda Real Estate from HomeTeamChris.com
This database-driven Web site offers the complete Charlotte Area MLS, and a custom contact form with each listing, to allow visitors to reach Chris easily about a specific property.
Can you get me found in Google searches?
Beware of anyone who promises a top ranking in Google or any other search engine. Google search results are based on a complex relevancy algorithm that continues to evolve. A top ranking cannot be bought, and attempts to "trick" Google can result in your site being penalized and dropped from Google altogether. The key is a well-constructed site that is easy for search engine spiders to index, containing relevant content, and relevant inbound and outbound links. Tropical Web Works specializes in the types of sites that are found in search engines — including clean, valid code, good content for your human visitors, and menu systems that are readable by search spiders and browsers. We use recommended coding and navigation techniques to design the look of your site, to structure the underlying code, and to create a navigation system that is extremely usable by spiders and humans alike.
What are some of the things I should insist on for my Web site that I might not even know to ask about?
From our portfolio:
Custom marine canvas covers by Canvas Country — Designing and making custom marine canvas covers, bimini tops, cockpit enclosures, and upholstery
How soon can my new Web site be online?
It depends on a variety of factors, including how quickly you can provide your content, logo, and other materials, and how complex your site is. But in all cases, the sooner you give us a call, the sooner we can have your site online. Call us today at 941-916-5671, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay, I'm convinced.... How do I get started on my new web site?
Call us for a complete turn-key solution! When you contact Tropical Web Works, we'll talk with you about what you need. We'll plan out a project specification for your site that will serve as a road map for the development of your site, so that no one faces any unwanted surprises. We'll find out if you need help registering a domain name; we can handle that for you or provide you with the information you need to do it yourself. We can host your site for you for a nominal fee, so you don't have to go hunting for a host for your site. And we'll let you know in advance what we'll need from you along the way as we develop your site.
Contact Tropical Web Works today for your free initial consultation.