My Portfolio

Stolhand Heat and Air

Marland Children's Home

Northcutt, Clark, Gardner, Hron & Brune

Cindy Grubb-For HIS Glory

AeroSealOK

Evans & Associates Enterprises, Inc.

Prizm Powder Coatings

Osage Trading Company

Trackside Auto

Roan Horse Arena


Lunarpages.com Web Hosting


Website Design & Development
Building a Web Site...

     So you're ready to take your business online...there are several options for that. Online brochure is the route most people need, you can choose to build an online store, auction site, there are a lot of choices to make.

     There are three things you absolutely have to have, a domain name (http://yourdomain.com), a hosting company and the .html documents that make up what you see online. You can probably do all of this yourself with a little (or a LOT of) study or you can hire someone to do it for you. Most developers can secure a domain name for you, sign up with a hosting company for you and then build your website. If you're running a business, that's the way to go, building web sites is generally a full time job and unless you're superman you can't do both.

     Be prepared, a good domain name in the .com category may not be available but you can search with most online registrars for available names. You might have to choose a .net, .org, .tv or any of several others to find something that's right for you. Remember, the shorter the name, the better. Try not to pick anything with hyphens, other punctuations or numbers. Stick to short and sweet, it will serve you best.

     It's possible to purchase a domain name from an individual who has already registered it, but you'll have to pay a premium for it. There are no set scales and you will need to research the market, (which changes constantly), best bet is to buy through a broker or escrow company. That way you're assured that you get what you pay for.

     Ok, you've picked a domain name that suits you, now you have to find a hosting company. Most companies these days offer tremendous storage space for your website documents, if they're REALLY good you'll get a lot of tools and perqs too. Ecommerce suites, forums, content management systems, mysql databases, multiple hosting with addon domains or subdomains. All kinds of good stuff. I recommend Lunarpages, from experience, they're a great company, with excellent services, fees and support.

     Yep, I'm writing this because I'm a Web Developer, in business to make money, and certainly not the only one. When you're ready to hire a developer, find someone local to build your site for you. The best way to find someone is still word of mouth, references from people you know and trust. Find a website or three or four that you like from business people in your community. Call the site owner up or email them and ask who they used and would they use them again? When you find someone, get in touch and ask for some details.

      Be aware that small, one man shops like mine may be in the middle of a job and you may have to wait for awhile. That's ok, because your part of the job is to gather all the web content, pictures, text, descriptions, everything you want online for the developer to work with.

     If you want the developer to write your web copy, or at least part of it, you're probably going to be better off with an ad agency or a large developer firm. Be prepared, it's not cheap, but if you've done your research, you'll get good value for your investment.

     Nothing that goes on the web really compares to typing up a letter or even a printed brochure. You can do things on paper or computer screen that the web browsers just won't do, not without a lot of jumping through hoops.

     Want to see? At the top of your browser, click on VIEW, then click on SOURCE from the View drop down menu......