Choosing a Web Design Firm

One way to get a feel for a website design company is to look at their website. This will give an indication of their standards, it will also provide information about their services, examples of their work and customer testimonials. When speaking with a website development company, it is important that they understand your business and your customers. When you find the right web design company you should have made some kind of connection and mutual understanding of what is required and wanted. Here are some guidelines to help choose the best web professional: Can they fulfill your requirements? Go over their portfolio. Take note if their completed projects look very similar in terms of format and structure. You will be paying for a website design that fits your branding, not a run-of-the-mill template. Are their customers satisfied? Reputable web design companies will always be willing to give you referrals upon request. How is their response time? The firm should be able to respond to your inquiries in a timely manner. How reasonable are their prices? You want to get the best value for your money, and if you have a limited budget, that the web design company you choose won’t exceed it. If you can’t afford the one that you feel is most qualified, don’t settle for a cheaper designer. You always get what you pay for! Discuss your options, as reputable web designers will often work with your budget and offer solutions. Can they deliver on time? Don’t be scared to ask about completion dates, or if you have a set deadline, can they meet it. Do they have the expertise to effectively market your ecommerce website? Web marketing is vital to your ecommerce site’s success. Find a web designer that is also skilled in SEO, PPC advertising, and social media marketing. Are they personable and friendly? Is the designer willing to help and suggest their own ideas? Find a website designer that willingly gives input during the initial creativity process, throughout the production and even after completion. Global Designs is a website development company, located in Calgary Alberta. With over 20 years experience in the industry, we know what it takes to get your website done efficiently and done right!

Creating a Great Website

There are several elements to making a functional website. We have taken my Top 5 that we feel are important in creating a website presence: 1. Easy Navigation and Easy to Read – Poor organization is a dead giveaway of a poor site. Have you noticed with news papers that all the top stories are at the top? This is how you should think when you are presenting information on your website. Navigation should be easy and user friendly. 2. Intelligent use of Graphics – Most visitors to your site won’t wait more than 30 seconds for your page to load. Imagery is nice, but if used excessively or images sizes are too large, by the time the page finishes loading, the viewer will be gone. You want to use images to catch attention and keep them interested. Don’t use templates that may be in use by others, be creative and original in your web design. 3. Fresh Content – It is important to keep your site fresh for your visitors. Offering quality web content that is updated on a regular basis gives a reason to come back to your site frequently. 4. Optimized for Search Engines – Expanding on the above point “Fresh Content”, it is important to have quality optimized content for search engines. “SEO” or Search Engine Optimization is a critical area in order to get your site found, and with it encompassing so many areas, many first timers do get lost. There are many articles out there, so do your research, but for most a reputable Website Marketing Company is the best option. 5. Quality Web Hosting – Not all hosting companies are alike, so don’t settle for the cheapest! As with many things, you do get what you pay for. Doing your research here is important because even with the best website, if your hosting provider is poor, then your website will suffer. Think of this, if the pricing or offering of the hosting company seems too good to believe, then most likely it is!  Global Designs is a Calgary based web design company in Alberta. We also offer: web development, website marketing, search engine optimization and so much more! Are you looking for affordable prices, with outstanding service? Look no further!

Why Do You Need a Website?

Most will acknowledge the importance of online business and the beneficial role a website has in their overall success. What are the advantages of a website and how can it improve your business? 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week Service A website is available to your customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Potential customers can visit your website at any time online. You will always be open for business. Credibility A properly designed website will give your business a strong first impression and give your business credibility. A website can often be your initial contact with potential customers. Advertising Your website will be there to promote your business, at all times, with no expiry date. Reaching Your Clientele With a website, you can expand your clientele to other cities, regions and even other countries, outside of Calgary. A website creates new markets you wouldn’t normally have, creating exposure and sales. Having Your Customers Come To You A website can bring customers to you. If built correctly and optimized properly, a website can be one of the best sources of continuous revenue streams. You are now convinced… What now? Decide what information you would like to offer on your website. This can be brief: describing who you are; where you are; what you do; and how to contact you. You can include pages: describing your products and/or services; offering information relative to your customers within the Calgary area or beyond. Design your website, that is where Global Designs can help you. We take your information and develop a professional, affordable web design. We can even take it further by discussing, creating and implementing a complete web marketing plan for your website. Complete with keyword analysis, search engine optimization and marketing, along with social media exposure. We work closely with you, making sure you get what you require and want, THE FIRST TIME!