What do they do for your business, does it work and how much does it cost?
Getting a website for your business is a grey area for most people. Considering the options and costs are similar to contemplating treatment for an illness from a doctor's perspective...
Scary if you are not in the profession of building websites.
Our website department has conducted an interview with a client and considered some of the more pressing elements when considering a website for your business.
Here is what we came up with:
The first thing you need to consider is what type of website you need for your business and then understanding what is available and what impact your website will have on your business and its reputation.
With that said, the very first thing anyone considers is cost and ultimately, the process starts with an enquiry for a quotation.
Here is what you need to know about cost.
Websites can cost a monumental amount of money when your requirements include the need for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), branding or advertising extras. Of course, all these elements will do your business all the good if they are requirements for the success of your business.
However, lowering the cost to meet the pockets of the every day person, you should know that a professional website does not have to leave you pennyless.
Equally, there are providers available in which you can create a website free. These sites are not ideal though as it can damage the reputation of your business and fail to provide you with the detailed requirements necessary to run you business successfully on an online platform. It is always advisable to go through a web design company. Not only can they build you a specifically designed site but they can advise on what you may need to drive your business forward.
However, this article aims to inform more on the process than the cost and type of websites available. but because we want you to make an informed decision, please see the link below for more information on the different kinds of websites available to you.
Interview with our client:
What type of website do you want?
The type of website that i have in mind is a platform where owners of timeshares can advertise their units at different resorts. The website must therefore cater for both owners and tenants. One must be able to type in a resort / time period or both and then the appropriate units must come up. This must follow with a terms and conditions page and once accepted proceed to send an email to us. We will then be able to respond to the client with details with example availability etc and make sure that a guest certificate for entrance to the resort is arranged ect. Payment will then proceed and we will give the rightful owner of the website the amount which he or she asked for and keep 5% admin fee.
What do you expect the designers to build?
A user friendly website where the pictures of the units and resorts are clear and the process must be easy and understandable
What do you want your website to do on a technical level?
Able to make bookings of units and to make payments
There must also be a review area where people can give feedback on the process etc etc.
How do feel the quotation for your enquiry was carried out?
In a very professional way. I know that the quality is good if someone thoroughly thinks through the questions that i have sent and then come with an answer to fit the needs.
Do you think the company has understood your requirements and quoted reasonably for what you are asking?
Yes, i'm am very happy with the fees involved and the function of the website.
What do you hope the website will do for your company?
To provide a user friendly way to sell 'time' as this is what is important... For families to go to expensive resorts at a fraction of the price.
The interview, as seen above, concludes that the web designer could assist the client with what he needed and advised him on the specifics with regards to the development of his business website.
The process is not complicated.
Find a web design company that has your best interests at heart and proceed with an enquiry.
Please keep a look out for part two of this series, which will tell us what the client's experience has been, and part three, which will inform us on the conclusion and functionality of his end product.