Frequently Asked Questions about Web Design Services
Do I really need a website?In today's society, a website for your business or organization is a must. People looking for information usually go to the internet first to research and gather information. A lot of times, if you don't have a website, people tend to look for someone else who does.
Do we need to meet in person?No! That's the beauty of the Internet. Everything can be done through email or telephone. We have clients both nationally and internationally. We will, of course, be happy to meet with you if you are located in or near Ottawa.
What is a domain name and how do we get one?A domain name is a unique name that identifies an Internet site (i.e.: www.companyname.com. APM Solutions can register your domain name (s) for you. You will need to renew your domain name every year unless you originally register your domain for a longer period of time. A domain name should be registered before the design process begins.
What is web hosting?A web host is a company that leases space on its server to hold all your website files and displays them on the Internet. A monthly fee is determined, depending on how much server space you require and what other special features you would require, such as how many mailboxes, SSL (secure socket layer for shopping cart to encrypt private information), etc. APM Solutions prefers hosting sites with its preferred supplier, based on reliability and quality of services. Most websites developed by APM Solutions are hosted with APM as well.
How much does a domain name and web hosting cost?It depends on what features you need. Most web hosting plans are between $200 and $275 per year. A domain name costs approximately $15 per year.
How much does a website cost?Costs vary depending on the size and complexity of the site. An easy and thorough way to determine what your needs are can be accomplished by filling out this FREE Online Quote Request Form. You may also call (613) 883-0700. After our initial contact, we will be able to estimate your cost. In order to get an accurate quote please be as specific as possible. A list of website features and requirements would be very valuable as would a general site map.
Why do website prices seem so high?Websites are one of the strongest advertising and marketing tools available today. In addition, having a website can save a lot of extra time and energy needed to implement other, less efficient methods to accomplish the same goal. When comparing design firms, be sure to evaluate exactly what you're getting for your money. Check out portfolios and firm history to make sure that you're satisfied with the level of quality, customer support and professionalism that you would receive. Remember, "you get what you pay for".
How long will it take to design my site?This will vary depending on the requirements of the website design. On average, the turnaround time is 1-3 weeks. At our first consultation, we will discuss timelines and agree on a time frame for project completion. Depending on how much content is ready for the website, the project could be completed in less than 1 week sometimes.
Can you redesign my current website?Of course! If your website is in need of a makeover, upgrade or additional features to enhance what's currently there, APM Solutions can redesign your website to give it the appeal it needs. To get started, simply fill out our contact form, complete our Cost Estimate Form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call 613-883-0700.
What is search engine optimization and web promotion?Search Engine Optimization (SEO) involves making your web pages more search engine friendly, so that your website can achieve top ranking. Web developers follow search engine rules when writing code and content on your web pages, according to the criteria that major search engines consider the most important factors in terms of relevance, ensuring that your site is optimised for maximum results. It is recommended that you monitor your website statistics to continuously adjust your web's positioning and include other marketing tools in your online marketing strategy.
Will my website be placed high in the search engines?It all depends how much direct competition exists on the internet. Although there are no guarantees, everything will be done to optimize your website by embedding meta tags and keywords, as well as utilizing alt tags, headers and placing special wording in strategic places on your webpage so that you have a good chance of ranking high in the most popular search engines.
Although fancy flash introductions or "splash pages" may look pretty, they may prevent your website from ranking high in the search engines.