Common Web Design Questions
How long does it take you to build a website?
It really depends on the size, design, and complexity of your website. Typically, small, simple websites take about 2 weeks to complete, where larger, more complex websites may take 3 to 6 months (or more) to complete.
Do you offer free consultations?
We do offer an initial, free 30-minute consultation to anyone that is interested in having us create their website or graphic design project, either by phone or office visit. In the 30-minutes, we will answer any questions you may have, give you recommendations and guidance, and suggestions.
What is your pricing and terms?
Pricing varies from project to project. Details can be found on our pricing page. As for terms, we request 50% upfront with the remainder due upon project completion.
What is SEO and why is it so important?
SEO stands for search engine optimization. The reason it is important is that most users look for and find information through web search engines such as Google or Yahoo, which are designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The higher a site is listed on the search engine, the better the odds that people will see it and go to the site. One way to get listed high on a search engine is to have great SEO. There are many ways to do this. If you are interested in learning more, contact us to schedule an appointment for your free 30 minute consultation.
What is the difference between an HTML website design and a Flash web design?
A website built entirely in Flash can be a rather cool experience. With Flash, there is animation, music, video, sounds, movement… all sorts of wow factors. Although we love creating websites in Flash, we have to say that it probably isn't the best option if SEO (search engine optimization) is important to you. However, if you don't care about SEO because you are already famous and people will find your website through other means, then a Flash website may be the way to go. If SEO is important, but you want a Flash site, then we would suggest having a sister-site in HTML in order to snag the SEO.
Most websites on the internet are built with HTML and CSS. The coding that makes up an HTML website is meant to be read by search engines, and is meant to be viewable on all devices. Flash sites have their coding within, which isn't accessible to the search engines. That's why Flash websites have low SEO, and are not viewable on iPads and mobile devices. Many HTML sites have just a sprinkling of Flash to add a little sparkle. Flash banners are a popular way to jazz up the header area of your site. We create awesome Flash banners which we place within an HTML site. SEO is still high. Mobile devices and iPads will see a static image, and everyone else will see the animation.
Is there a way to jazz up an HTML web design without the use of Flash?
Will my website show up on the first page of Google?
After the launch of a new site, it can often take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks before your site is indexed by the search engines. If your website has been live for more than a few months and it's still not ranking well, you'll likely require SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and/or marketing services to rank better than your competitors. If you are not able to invest in a full Search Engine Optimization campaign, we do offer consultations and site reviews that are extremely helpful in finding strategies you can follow on your own to better your rankings.
Do you host websites?
We will set up your hosting and domain name registration with a server of your choice. There are several excellent hosting servers that we can recommend, dependant on the needs of your website. Some servers are more affordable than others, while others offer a better platform for e-commerce, etc.
What does it mean to code a website to Web Standards, and why is that important?
There is a group called the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that develops the guidelines known as Web Standards, which detail how web pages should be built. As a web designer, it's our job to stay up to date with the latest standards so that we create websites that will be future-proofed (viewable in all future browsers). By building your website to Web Standards, the foundation is strong. Your pages will load faster (giving your visitors a better experience), search engine rankings will be higher, your site will have a consistent look and feel, people with disabilities will be able to access your site, and you will have a reduction in maintenance costs since it was built the correct way.
How did you come up with the name DzinePOD?
First and foremost, we are designers, but when searching for a URL that included the word "designer", or "design" it was nearly impossible to find one available, thus the switch to "Dzine". After much brainstorming (and waaaay too much analyzing), it came down to DzinePOD and Dzineasaurus… and after (even more) thought, decided upon DzinePOD (after all, who wants to be thought of as ancient history and extinct?).
Other juicy tidbits: A (seed) pod is where life sprouts from and grows. DzinePOD takes your ideas, brings them to life and helps it to grow. Neat, huh? We also like the fact that whales and dolphins travel in "pods" (everybody..... awwwwww). On top of all that, we love to garden so when we're not in our studio working on new designs, there's a good chance we're puttering around in our yard and garden where we grow all kinds of organic fruits and veggies.