Making Your Website Work

When it comes to webdesign, a client is normally cautious. Cautious for various reasons, but the biggest one being fear of the unknown. “I am now entering the world of the Internet, and it is so scary, because I know nothing about it” might flash through your head.

Are there different products?

Yes, indeed. And then some. That is why you will not get a standard quoted price on most webdesigner websites. They would first like to contact you to establish what your needs are and then put together the correct product for you. Now, most of the times, your budget might interfere, but fear not, as most website products are made up of segments and you can decide what you want. Just ensure you ask for a detailed quote so that you know exactly what you are being quoted on.

Different types of products

    1. CMS – Content Management System:
      this is typically for safari guides, photographers and anyone else who needs to make regular changes on their website themselves. A CMS gives you full control over the site, you do it yourself – we basically give you an empty shell and you add the content. You have full control over the content and photographs of your website and manage these yourself. A very powerfull, easy to use program. No webdesign knowledge necessary – if you can work MS Word, you can work the CMS. We make use of the WordPress CMS.

    1. Standard HTML brochure site:
      typically an online brochure. Exactly what you would need to start off your Internet presence. You have no control over the site, all changes has to be made by the web design company and you pay a standard maintenance fee. Typically for a guesthouse or start up business that wants an online brochure where your business can be viewed and you can be contacted.

  1. Other products
      1. Shopping Cart:
        if you have a business where you want to sell products online you will need a shopping cart. This is typically like going into a supermarket to buy products – you need a shop where the products are displayed (your online site), you need a trolley to put products you want to buy into (the shopping cart software), and you need a checkout – a place to handle the actual transaction (payfast, setcom, your own merchant account etc). We then setup this whole chain to ensure someone can go onto your online shop and do the online shopping up to the completion of the transaction.

Knowledge is power

We find this very often, where we finalise a product and then the client complains about the product not being able to this or that, or the product being able to do this and that.

Ensure that you empower yourself with as much knowledge as possible as to the product you are buying. If I buy a cellphone, I ensure that I know exactly what functionalities the phone has. It should be the same with your website.