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arrowI know someone who does web design. Should I go with them?
arrowHow long does it take to build a web site?
arrowDo you need to live in the same area as your web designer?
arrowCan I make changes to my web site?
arrowI don't understand the Internet or Web Design, but I need a web site and I do not want to be taken advantage of. What should I do?

I know someone who does Web design. Should I go with them?

Almost everyone knows someone who does Web design. When you choose who to work with, you should decide on an individual/organisation with whom you will have a positive relationship. If you have already established a relationship that you enjoy, then working with someone you know is your best option. If you are unsure whether [that] contact is capable of meeting your needs, get a second opinion from a friend or another professional in the field.

All these things are especially true when choosing a software developer because of the higher degree of skill required to write software, and the greater costs usually associated with custom software development. For organizations considering custom software application development, using applications that already exist (" piggybacking on existing technology") is the most cost-effective approach.

Take extra care when selecting your Web developer/programmer/company when purchasing eCommerce solutions. Be sure to select a company with a proven track record; the sensitivity of the information you will be required to share with your web developer demandsit.

How long does it take to build a web site?

This is a very difficult question to answer. Construction time is unique to every project because construction is subservient to a number of factors. Project scope can range from just text to flash animation or database driven dynamic content. The number of parties involved can impede progress if, for example, must your marketing and sales departments must agree on things before final decisions can be made. For smaller organizations the third major factor is significant: submission of content. It’s difficult to make the time to write site copy (text), but it’s a necessary component in the construction of any web site, and content is the single most important element of any website. If you’d like a web site completed quickly, make time to write your copy. It’s a good idea to consult with your designer before writing your copy to get some guidelines. There are considerations which should be taken into account (like search engine optimization) when writing web site copy. In some cases, paying to have copy written is a good idea – your web designer can also help you with this decision.

Do you need to live in the same area as your web designer?

The short answer is no. All of the correspondence needed to build an effective web site can be conducted by telephone, email, fax and/or video conference. Many people enjoy the relationship they build with the web services provider, so, in the end, it is a personal question. If you need face-to-face contact to have a successful relationship, contact someone close to you. If that is not a pre-requisite for you, you can work with virtually any web designer around the world.

How do I update my own web site

This depends on your web site. Most web designers will do updates for you if you are not familiar with HTML, but this can become costly and it always reduces the amount of control you have over your site. At Anicon, we package every site we build with a piece of software that makes changing the content of your web site as simple as changing a Microsoft Word document, or similar word processing document. Simple highlighting, copying and pasting can be used to alter text and drag and drop icons help change photos, web links and email addresses. This software is called What You See is What You Get (WYSWYG).

I don't understand the Internet or Web Design, but I need a web site and I do not want to be taken advantage of. What Should I do?

There are many good providers of Internet Services today. Do your homework and select a reputable company, and no matter who you choose to work with, be sure that they provide you with a detailed contract outlining their responsibilities and yours. If the web designer you are approaching does not already have a contract on file, that is a good indication that you should be dealing with someone else. If you do your homework and choose a reputable company and engage in a suitable contract, you should never have to worry about unscrupulous web professionals.

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