You need to decide if you want:
- more than 1 page (1-page websites do not require a menu and are usually simple and therefore cheaper to develop; this could be an economical way of establishing your presence on the web)
- to operate a shopping cart
(a shopping cart involves using a ready-made service for which you have to pay a fee; you need to have a merchant account so you can accept credit cards)
Together, we analyse your expectations and your audience.
What you keep, even if you move to a new provider:
- the domain name
- the design
- the text
- a CD containing:
- the site files
- user documents
- passwords and user names in a neat summary
- in short, all the things you need to keep the site running smoothly
But, please bear in mind:
- Your website needs to be accessible, fast to load, and simple to use. This means your site needs to be written in good clean code, which is what I do.
- (You don't like sitting waiting for a site to load: your time is too precious. Your clients are just like you. They want it now. They want it fast. And they'll move on if you make them wait.)
- Your website needs to demonstrate your credibility. Accuracy in all details is important.
(Are you fed up with sites that are incomprehensible because they're so badly written? Would you like to take a fat red pen and correct the spelling?)
This is my strength. As a book publisher and editor, I have plenty of experience in getting the text right.
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